Google has a silent policy of deleting Android device backups that have not been touched/used for 60 days, even if you have enough space on your Drive for the backup. No one knows the reason for this quite baffling policy of Google‘s but an Android user shared his tales of woes on Reddit, how his Android device backup was deleted after he left his Android phone unused for 2 months. According to him, he lost his Android settings, wifi passwords, and the data for at least 50 apps.
I was completely blindsided by this, and now all of my Android settings, wifi passwords, and the data for at least 50 apps are gone.
I needed to refund my 6P a couple months ago, and have been using an old iPhone until I find a good Android replacement. Last week I randomly glanced at my Google Drive Backup folder, and the Android backup for my 6P was missing. After freaking out a little, I found this. Contacting Drive support confirms that there’s no recovery.
There was no warning from Google. They just deleted my data. 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.
Here’s what Google has to say on the subject.
What happens when your backup expires
Your backup will remain as long as you use your device. If you don’t use your device for 2 weeks, you may see an expiration date below your backup.
Example: “Expires in 54 days.”