Google deletes Android backup if device unused for two months


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". There is no notification that a backup is about to expire and that it will be deleted if the device is not used.

With Google Drive and online backup for all your data, we've been pretty happy to shift from Hard disks and pen drives to online storage solutions.

I was completely blindsided by this, and now all of my Android settings, wifi passwords, and the data for at least 50 apps are gone.

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While the backup functionality has been available for Android users for quite some time, with Android 6.0 Marshmallow the search giant improved the service and users can even have their backups stored in Google Drive folders.

According to commentators, Titanium Backup is easily the most popular solution to backup app data, SMS messages, and other stuff on a rooted device. However, Google has clearly mentioned in its terms and conditions that if the device is left unused for two weeks then it gives notification of expiration date below the backup. Last week I randomly glanced at my Google Drive Backup folder, and the Android backup for my 6P was missing.

If you're using an Android smartphone, you can use an automated backup feature to safeguard the data from your phone by backing it up to Google Drive.

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Android users who go two weeks without using their phone may find the personal data backups wiped by Google, according to the company's policy on managing backups.

Example: "Expires in 54 days".

Moreover, there is no way for a user to recover the data once it is deleted. Contacting Drive support confirms that there's no recovery. Google basically wants you to use the device.

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While without an Android device, the post said, Tanglebrook was using an old iPhone in the interim.