How to backup WordPress website to Google Drive for free

As a WordPress website owner, you might have wondered if there was a way to set up an automatic backup to Google Drive for free. Do not worry, WP Tracer is here to help you.

In this post, we’ll learn to automatically backup our WordPress website to Google Drive and restore it using a plugin called UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin.

Before starting the tutorial let us know what backing up is and why it is essential in WordPress.

What is WordPress backup?

WordPress is a popular CMS platform for websites. You can easily create a website with WordPress. But what if your website crashes or gets hacked? In that case, you will need to restore your site from the backup file. Backing Up is a process of storing all the files of the WordPress website to an external physical or cloud storage.

There are two ways to backup your WordPress website: backing up with the help of a plugin or backing up manually.

The first way is using a plugin, which automatically backs up your site’s data to your WordPress account (FTP) at a single time or at regular intervals. The second way is backing up manually, which entails downloading all of the files from your site and storing them in an external hard drive or another location on your computer.

The WordPress backup plugin is the most convenient way to take regular backups of your site and store them in an offsite location, such as Google Drive, Amazon S3 or Dropbox. But what does this plugin do? It creates a copy of all the files and databases on your site or cloud storage so that you can easily restore it if something goes wrong.

Backing up WordPress website with UpdraftPlus Plugin

In this tutorial, we will be using a plugin called “Updraft Plus WordPress Backup Plugin” to automatically backup our WordPress website to Google Drive. This automated backup can be restored in case anything goes wrong with our website.

So, let’s get started by installing the plugin first.

  • From the WordPress dashboard go to Plugins >> Add New >> Search for UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin and click on install and then activate.
  • Hover over to WordPress Settings >> click on UpdraftPlus Backups.
UpdraftPlus WordPress backup plugin dashboard.
Fig: Setting up UpdraftPlus WordPress backup plugin.
  • From the UpdraftPlus plugin options, click on Settings.
  • From the option “Choose your remote storage” click on Google Drive.
UpdraftPlus WordPress backup plugin dashboard.
Fig: Selecting Google Drive in remote storage.
  • Now click on Sign in With Google and sign in with your Google account where you want to store the backups. You may need to give necessary permission to UpdraftPlus during the login process.
UpdraftPlus WordPress backup plugin dashboard.
Fig: Signing in with Google.
UpdraftPlus WordPress backup plugin dashboard.
Fig: Providing necessary Google access to UpdraftPlus plugin.
  • After giving the necessary access to your Google Drive account, you will be redirected to UpdraftPlus’s orange landing page. From there you need to click on Complete Setup.
Linking UpdraftPlus with Google.
Fig: Completing the Google link.
  • After clicking on Complete Setup you will be redirected to the UpdraftPlus dashboard on your website.
  • Now go to UpdraftPlus settings, click on Google Drive and Click on Save Changes.
  • After this, refresh your page, now in your Updraft Plus settings, you should see your Google account name as below.
UpdraftPlus showing the linked Google account name.
Fig: UpdraftPlus showing the linked Google account name.

After you connect your Google Account with the UpdraftPlus WordPress backup plugin you need to configure the automatic backup settings.

For that configuration, you need to again go to UpdraftPlus settings.

From the “Files backup schedule” and “database backup schedule” choose the option that best suits you. Ideally, weekly would be a good option if you do not upload content to your WordPress website daily. However, if you have a website where you upload many contents daily you should choose the option daily.

From the “retain this many scheduled backups” options leave it to 2

Setting up an automated backup schedule in UpdraftPlus WordPress backup plugin.
Fig: Setting up an automated backup schedule in UpdraftPlus WordPress backup plugin.

Understanding “retain this many scheduled backups”

Choosing 2 on this option will store 2 recent backups in your Google Drive. For example. If you have a weekly backup schedule, this plugin will backup your website at the end of the first week and store it in Google Drive. At the end of next week, UpdraftPlus will again backup your WordPress website and upload the backup into your Google Drive automatically. But at the end of the third week, UpdraftPlus will delete the first week’s backup and then upload the new backup. In this way, you will always have 2 recent backups. Let’s say if you change the ‘2’ to ‘3’ in the “retain this many scheduled backups” options then UpdraftPlus will store 3 recent backups to your Google Drive. 

Remember, if you increase this number, you may run out of storage in your Google Drive.

Finally, scroll down below and click on Save Changes. You now have successfully scheduled an automatic backup of your WordPress website to Google drive for free.

In this way, you can automatically backup your WordPress website automatically to Google Drive for free.

Testing automatic backups

If you want to test if the automatic backups are working correctly or not, you can click to “Backup / Restore” option from the UpdraftPlus dashboard. There you will see the date and time for the next scheduled backups. If you do not see this message you might have set the backups schedule to ‘manual’ in settings.

UpdraftPlus WordPress backup plugin dashboard.
Fig: Testing if the automatic backup is working.

After you have set up the plugin; if you do not want to wait for the scheduled backups to start, you can always do manual backups and after the process completes, it will be uploaded to your Google Drive.

Note: If you start a manual backup, you do not need to stay on your website till the backup completes. The plugin will run its thing on the server and will complete the task automatically on the cloud.

Restoring the backup

After your Website files and databases are backed up to your Google Drive, you can always restore them by going to the “Backup/ Restore” option on the UpdraftPlus plugin. Even if you reset your WordPress website to zero you can always restore your full website using the backups on your Google Drive.

In that option, you will see your backup files from where you simply need to click “Restore”.

Fig: Restoring backups using UpdraftPlus plugin.

Note: While restoring, you should restore both the website files and database for your site to work perfectly.

FAQ’s

Can I backup my website on Google Drive?

Yes, you can automatically backup your WordPress website to Google Drive using the UpdraftPlus WordPress backup plugin.

How do I sync WordPress with Google Drive?

You can easily sync automatic backups of your WordPress website usingUpdraftPlus WordPress backup plugin.

Wrapping Up

In conclusion, in this article, we discussed an easy and free way to automatically backup a WordPress website to Google Drive and restore it using the all-time popular UpdraftPlus WordPress backup plugin.

If you run into any problems during the backup process or if you have any queries regarding the post, feel free to drop a comment below and I will get back to you.

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