Your Android backups will be deleted if your device is inactive

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This simply means that Google keeps track of your Android backup data and regularly checks the status of your devices.

Your device's data is backed up on Google Drive for as long as you use the device but if you stop using it for a period of two weeks - by switching devices - then Google starts an expiration countdown after which that data is deleted for good. But those backups aren't safe for very long if your OS of choice is Android.

What led Google to such a step is another story but the pain of this was experienced first-hand by a Reddit user.

When he checked his Google Drive folder, more precisely, the backup folder there, he noticed that all of his Nexus 6P backups were not there anymore.

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These automatic deletions aren't advertised well by Google, so use this opportunity as a reminder to check in every once in a while on those backups if you plan to continue saving them.

On contacting Google Support, he found that the backup was indeed gone and that recovery was impossible. Considering the user was also forking over for 100GB of Google Drive storage (which can't be used for Android backups) the blow must've hit doubly hard.

According to commentators, Titanium Backup is easily the most popular solution to backup app data, SMS messages, and other stuff on a rooted device. They could be counted against the storage on your Drive and left there until a user chooses to delete them. In the event that some way or another you neglect to check Google servers, the organization, with no earlier cautioning and warning, will wipe out your information. "If you don't use your device for 2 weeks, you may see an expiration date below your backup".

With a dozens of new phones, including Google's Pixel 2 coming out soon, the plan was to eventually buy a new Android phone and restore the 6P's data on it from Google Drive's Backup folder, where the device's settings, Wi-Fi passwords and apps had been stored. For instance: "Expires in 54 days".

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