Google will Delete Your Android Backups After 60 Days of Inactivity

Angelica Greene
September 17, 2017

Google backup policy says "Your backup will remain as long as you use your device". However, Reddit user Tanglebrook found that's certainly not the case.

Recently a Reddit user complained about Google having wiped out his entire data without prior notification.

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. All of the Android settings, Wi-Fi passwords, and data from 50 or so apps on Nexus 6P were gone forever.

Google will delete Android backups if the device hasn't been used in a certain amount of time, as the company has noted in their policy.

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According to commentators, Titanium Backup is easily the most popular solution to backup app data, SMS messages, and other stuff on a rooted device. If you don't use your Android device for two months, its backup data will be deleted and that's all there is to it. "If you don't use your device for 2 weeks, you may see an expiration date below your backup, for example, expires in 54 days". 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. Google basically wants you to use the device.

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

The only real issue here is that Google didn't notify Tanglebrook about the upcoming removal of their Android backup and essentially prevented them from preventing the disaster from happening, and let's be real, who would remember that their Android backup is next in line for extermination after using another phone for a couple of weeks?

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

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