Google has been updating its backup system to provide fast and error-free data transition via Google Drive. But it still has not come close enough to the iOS backup system. Sometimes, Google Drive backs up your data and Settings but fails to import it. And sometimes, it simply stops backing up your data. Many users have reported that their Google Drive backup is not working and shows the “Waiting to Backup” error all the time.
As shown in the screenshot below, the Back up now button is disabled when you face the Google Drive Backup error. So, we will fix this error using ADB commands. And the best part is that you won’t need root privileges to fix this issue.
Requirements to Fix “Waiting to Backup” Error in Google Drive
Before we start fixing the Google Drive backup error, here are some things that you need to take care of.
1. Enable USB Debugging in Phone
Before you start, make sure that you have enabled USB Debugging in your Android phone. If you have not enabled USB debugging already, open Settings and go to About Phone.
Here, tap on the Build Number seven times to activate Developer Options. Press the Back button once and you will see the “Developer Options” menu. Open it and scroll down to enable “USB debugging”. Click here for the detailed tutorial.
2. Setup ADB on your Computer
Fix Google Drive Backup Not Working Error using ADB Commands
In this tutorial, we have explained step by step process using which you can fix Google Drive backup not working error. So, let’s get through the process.
Step 1: Open CMD in ADB folder
First of all, connect your device to your computer and open the folder where you have installed ADB tools. Now, open the Command Prompt in the same folder. You can also simply type
cmd in the Explorer’s address bar and press Enter.
Step 2: Connect your Android Phone via ADB
A Command Prompt window will open in the same folder. Now, type
adb devices command to check if the computer has detected your Android device or not.
When connected successfully, you will get a prompt on your smartphone asking for permissions to allow USB debugging. Tap on Allow. If the command prompt shows the serial number of your device, the connection is successful.
Step 3: Manually Start Backup using ADB Command
Now after you have successfully established the connection with the Android device, type the following commands one by one and press Enter. If you don’t get any errors during the process, restart your smartphone.
adb shell bmgr run bmgr backupnow --all
Step 4: Try Google Drive Backup Again
Your Google Drive backup should start working again and the greyed out Back up now button should be enabled now.
If You Encounter Any Errors
In case, you get any kind of errors, while running ADB commands, run the following commands one by one and restart your phone. These commands will manually force Google Drive to start the backup process. Make sure you are in the ADB Shell mode already. If not, simply type
adb shell command to get into ADB Shell mode.
bmgr backupnow appdata bmgr backupnow --all
Solve Google Drive Backup Errors using ADB Commands
The above tutorial explained, how you can fix the Google Drive backup error using simple ADB commands. The backup system of Android is quite great but still faces issues like this. Hope this tutorial helped you solve the Google Drive backup issue on your Android device. If you are still facing issues, feel free to write your queries and suggestions in the comment section down below.