Inspect Google Bakup File

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Say, My Android phone is backing up call log history to google drive. I can view the file under backups in Google Drive. How do I download this file and inspect it? I want to view the raw data.

Does Google keep older backups or each time over right them and if so is there a setting or way to keep a history of backup files?
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The Drive Backup option in Android is SHIELDED OFF from normal use, and also user operation on it.
That's by design (so you don't accidentally mess things up, because the backup is obviously something you don't know anything about)

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Ok but what app can I use to access the data?

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No app. It's not meant to be accessed other than the internal programming of Android itself.
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Ok but what app can I use to access the data?

When you add your Google Account to a phone that's been set up, what you'd previously backed up for that Google Account gets put onto the phone.

To restore a backed-up account to a reset phone, follow the on-screen steps. For more help, see your manufacturer's support site.

Important: You can't restore a backup from a higher Android version onto a phone running a lower Android version.

https://support.google.com/android/answer/2819582?hl=en

So, check the version of Android OS in your Blackberry Keyone and borrow another Android phone from your friend which has a higher Android OS version to do a restore of your backup data.

P.S: I have already tried to perform a Google Takeout for my data in Google Drive and there is no data on call log history.

Google Takeout for Google Drive
Does Google keep older backups or each time over right them and if so is there a setting or way to keep a history of backup files?

The answers for both questions are NO from my experiment on Google Takeout.

To conclude, you need to do a periodic backup using a third-party app if your data is important and there are apps that make the backup automatically.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.idea.backup.smscontacts&hl=en

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Tx for the feedback Jackie.

I find it hard to believe that Google only stores the most recent backup! This is certainly not standard backup procedure.

Is there absolutely no application that can download the backup file?
Jackie Man IT Manager
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Is there absolutely no application that can download the backup file?

Correct.

Backup and Restore is only accessible when you change your Android phone.
Jackie Man IT Manager
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Any update?
But surely there is someone out there who has a way to inspect the data integrity and view the backup files??
Can anyone confirm with Google that there is no way to get a copy of older backups?
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But surely there is someone out there who has a way to inspect the data integrity and view the backup files??

What you want is insider information from Google and there is an answer unless you can locate an engineer from Google Cloud team, but it is not likely the engineer will disclose the information to you.

Can anyone confirm with Google that there is no way to get a copy of older backups?

I am not employed by or affiliated with Google Inc. and Android OS is an open-source project and an Android phone is only a consumer device and Google Backup and Restore is only a free service. For a free service, why you think that Google will verify with me? Besides, if you still want to dig out the information on how to contact Google and get a reply, you need to close this question and ask a related question as this question has already been answered.

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