Google deletes your Android backup after 2 months of inactivity

Google deletes your Android backup after 2 months of inactivity

As other Reddit users pointed out, Apple also deletes iCloud backups if an iOS device hasn't been used in a while.

On contacting Google Support, he found that the backup was indeed gone and that recovery was impossible.

If you forget to check your Google Drive, then Google will remove your data without notifying you.

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. However, upon checking the Google Drive backup folder, this user discovered their old Android phone's back up was gone, and that's because it was deleted due to lack of activity on the backed up device. If you use the device before the countdown ends, the data is saved. There's no option to store the Android backups in Google Drive space the user has/pays for, meaning you must keep in mind to use your device every couple of weeks or risk having an expiration date applied.

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Your backup will remain as long as you use your device. Storing backups offline or using specialized backup & restore Android apps is an alternative.

A Redditor recently brought attention to an issue many Android users probably aren't aware of: Google automatically deletes Android backups after a couple months of inactivity. However, as can be seen from the above incident, users will lose the data if they don't use an Android device for little over two months. For instance: "Expires in 54 days". 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.

What is particularly worrying about the process is that Android users are not informed about this. Alternatively Google has also launched an app called Drive File Stream which is aimed more towards business/enterprise users.

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