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Google will Delete Your Android Backups After 60 Days of Inactivity

17 September, 2017, 01:22 | Author: Nadine Todd
  • Google will automatically delete Android backups if a device is inactive for two months

Storing backups offline or using specialized backup & restore Android apps is an alternative.

For users who rely heavily on Google services, this has indeed been a painful revelation, as some Reddit users noted.

Recently a Reddit user complained about Google having wiped out his entire data without prior notification. But then, Google does alert you on the same. When he finally got a replacement device, he found that about 50 apps, his Android settings, and his Wi-Fi passwords had been deleted from the Android backup.

Now You: Do you back up your Android devices? How?

If you use the built-in option of many Android devices to back up important data to Google Drive, you better make sure you use the device regularly as backups are auto-deleted when you don't use the device for a certain period of time.

These automatic deletions aren't advertised well by Google, so use this opportunity as a reminder to check in every once in a while on those backups if you plan to continue saving them.

What's clear though is that backups are marked for expiration if you don't use the device for 2 weeks. Google will still delete the data. There's apparently an expiration date that shows up under the backup if I had checked the Backup folder sooner, but there was no notification, no email, no proactive notice at all, and most importantly, no option to use the 100gb of my Drive storage to keep my fucking backup.

If you leave your data unattended or inactive for two weeks, Google will mark with an expiration date for about 2 months.

What is particularly worrying about the process is that Android users are not informed about this.

A lot of us frequent phone changers have gotten used to keeping backups on Google Drive due to its convenience. When users import data from an old Android phone to a new Android phone, the new device is treated as the active device by the servers and the account is active.

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