Google deletes Android backup if device unused for two months

Android Backups Will Be Deleted If You Don’t Use Your Phone

Android Backups Will Be Deleted If You Don’t Use Your Phone

With your data stashed in the cloud, you might think all is well - but Google could delete your backups without giving you any warning.

Data backups of Android phones on Google Drive are deleted after two months of device activity, it has emerged this week. But those backups aren't safe for very long if your OS of choice is Android. He randomly checked his Android backup on Google Drive and found out that his 6P backup was nowhere to be found. The starting date of that inactivity comes after two weeks of zero device usage. On contacting the Drive Support, Tanglebrook discovered that there is no option for recovery despite the fact that user was paying for the company's service.

However, he'd backed up app data and Wi-Fi passwords, in the hope of returning to Android and picking up where he left off. Google is reportedly only going to keep backups for two months if a device stays inactive for that whole period.

Apple's policy reads deletion will include "device settings, device characteristics, photos and videos, documents, messages (iMessage, SMS, and MMS), ringtones, app data (including Health app data), location settings (such as location-based reminders that you have set up), and Home screen and app organization".

Google's default backup will best serve the average users' needs, but there are caveats to it, just like with any other backup solution, according to experts. The Reddit user said he got no such warning from Google, and was not given an option to use the Drive storage he pays for as an option for keeping his backup.

What's clear though is that backups are marked for expiration if you don't use the device for 2 weeks.

As pointed out by Android Police(which was alerted to this PSA by a Reddit user), Google allows for backups of your Android mobile device to Drive, but these backups will only be retained "as long as you use your device".

Example: "Expires in 54 days".

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