Google allows Android users to backup their device s content, data, and settings on Drive. When switching your Android device, you can use the backed up data on your Google account for an easier transfer. A new discovery has now revealed that Google will automatically delete your Android backup if the device is left unused or inactive for two months. Also Read - Beware! This new iOS bug breaks WiFi on iPhones: Here's a quick fix for itAlso Read - Happy Father's Day 2021: Google Doodle wishes dads with cute pop-up greeting card
First brought into attention by a Reddit user Tanglebrook (via Android Police), he lost backed up data on his Nexus 6P. Data from around 50 apps, Android settings, and Wi-Fi passwords were all lost as Google deleted his Android backup. After Google deletes data, there is no option for recovery. In fact, even after having a paid subscription to Google Drive s 100GB storage, he still didn t have an option to store the lost data.
This may be a known fact among Android users that Google does delete backup data but does not alert users about it. Google starts the expiration date countdown after the Android device is left unused for two weeks. After which, the user gets two months till the data is deleted. With a timeframe of two months and no prior warning, it is advised that you keep your Android device active from time to time. You can check the status of your Android device backup on Google Drive, and can choose to delete it too. ALSO READ: Google Drive Backup and Sync lets you backup your entire computer: Here s how it works
Tanglebrook highlights how losing this data is problematic especially when switching to a new device. He highlights how one has to manually save your SMS s if you want to keep them , but how apps that are backed up do get restored seamlessly. Since most Android apps do not offer back up, it still does the job well for those that do. According to the Redditor s post, his Nexus 6P was left unused for about six months. To maintain your Drive data, you can use Google services every two months on your Android device. ALSO READ: Google Drive update makes iPhone to Android switch easier; here s how it works