Highlights

  • Google will thrash Android backup for 60days of inactivity
  • A countdown starts if the device is left idle for 2 weeks
  • The lost data is impossible to be recovered

Every smartphone user (excluding Apple users) is always looking for an efficient Android data backup system. Looking at the social forums, there are so many complaints from numerous users about a faulty backup system from Android. Usually, platform backs up most of your data including your chat history, passwords, contacts, settings and much more. However, according to a recent announcement from Google, if you keep your Android device untouched for around 60days, it will automatically destroy the data from your device.

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This was discovered by a Reddit user named Tanglebook when he sent his Nexus 6p for a replacement due to a faulty battery. In the meantime, he was using an old iPhone as a replacement for his Android device.

Tanglebook was hit hard when he couldn’t find his data backup in Google drive after he received his replaced Nexus 6p. He then turned to Google for answers and peeping into Google drive help document, Tanglebook discovered that Google had mentioned about device backup and status. It was stated that “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. For instance: “Expires in 54 days.”

It is impossible to get your hands on the lost data. If you keep your device Idle for around two weeks, a countdown will start in Google drive. If you are able to power up your device before the countdown ends, then your data will be saved.

Google Backs Up The Following Data

  • Settings
  • Passwords
  • Applications
  • Photos and videos
  • Contacts
  • Chat history
  • Call history
  • Calendar

For those who are highly active on their Android devices, there is nothing to worry about. The problem arrives when your device is sent for repair or replacement and it exceeds the time limit of 2 months.

We do understand it is safer to get rid of unused data after inactivity. However, we would suggest Google to at least give a prior warning and some power to recover the lost data. That could be done through any previously set password or recovery questions. Google should understand that everyone cannot afford to get their device replaced or repaired right away. Do comment down below if anything similar had happened to you. Let us know if you have any suggestions for us.

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