Google will delete your Android backups after 2 months or so of inactivity without any warning

Google will delete your Android backups after 2 months or so of inactivity without any warning
Turns out Google will get rid of your old Android backups after two months of inactivity if you don't actively use an Android device. This important tidbit of info was brought to our attention by Reddit user Tanglebrook, who learned this in the worst possible way - by having all of their Android settings, saved Wi-Fi passwords, and app data deleted after using an old iPhone of theirs for a while.

And that's quite normal - Google's own terms of service explicitly say that after 14 days of inactivity, your existing Android backups will get an expiration date, after which they go the way of dinosaurs.

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? A simple email notification would have sufficed. 

Additionally, Tanglebrook laments that it would have been nice to be able to use your existing Google Drive storage in order to store your Android backups for as long as you want, which comes to mind rather easily, but it seems Google doesn't think so.

source: Reddit



1. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

I ensure to never have this enabled on my OnePlus One. Titanium backup does my app backups and no nonsense cloud storage required, easily restore previous versions of apps if I don't like the latest, and no scroogle eavesdropping.

2. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

That is a bit short time, I think. Though I guess I understand why, considering there are billions of Android devices these days. Luckily for me, I'm using Samsung's device backup instead. I think that one keeps the info a lot longer.

3. vliang86

Posts: 337; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

iCloud back up is way better. I still have the old backups from two years ago!

6. CHP19

Posts: 50; Member since: Jun 23, 2017

Because you are still using your account. Clearly this guy wasn't. Apple will also delete your account (and thus your data) after one year of inactivity.

7. CHP19

Posts: 50; Member since: Jun 23, 2017

P.s. it's just device settings and app data. It's not photos or other stuff you backed up to Google Drive/Photos.

4. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Oh no Google you can't do that! I have a lot of data saved in my Android backup and I need it saved there until I finally pickup a new device to install that backup (I don't have any Android device now). I'm about to reach Arena 10 in Clash Royale too :(

5. Avieshek unregistered

They sold it.

8. tallmatt81

Posts: 71; Member since: Dec 22, 2016

Only thing back up are movies and I use MEGA, I don't trust Google. I don't even use their Maps, Keyboard or Chrome.

10. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

that's so bad !! why they do this ?? maybe I will lost my phone then after 1 month I will buy new one ! so I will not find any backup!!

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