Android backups are auto-deleted after an inactivity period

Backup of Your Android Phone A Complete Guide

Next time you are temporarily switching devices and platforms, do do not forget to use the account with an Android device again before its expiration data to avoid losing apps and backup data. Reddit user Tanglebrook found this out the hard way: by losing all his data.

Hopefully, Google will listen now to those complaining about this problem by creating a system where users will receive an email to the connected account, just in case they have failed to check their device for the past few weeks or two months.

According to Reddit user Tanglebrook, there also is no option available to use paid Google Drive storage to maintain older backups either. All of the Android settings, Wi-Fi passwords, and data from 50 or so apps on Nexus 6P were gone forever. So, if your phone remains inactive for 60 days, Google will automatically delete your data.

According to commentators, Titanium Backup is easily the most popular solution to backup app data, SMS messages, and other stuff on a rooted device. He randomly checked his Android backup on Google Drive and found out that his 6P backup was nowhere to be found.


As Android Police advises, if you're taking a break from Android, make sure to use your device from time to time.

On the left, click Backups. Even if you've backed it up on Google Drive, everything will be gone if you've neglected using the smartphone for two months. For instance: "Expires in 54 days".

Redditor Tanglebrook recently drew attention to the issue; s/he had been using an old iPhone during their weeks between Android phones, believing the Android backup would be there ready when they bought a new Android handset. First of all, the only sign your backup will be deleted is an expiration date appearing next to the backup. Until you have one Android device checking in to the Google servers every couple of months, your backup will be saved and will not be deleted from the drive.

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