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Google will not wipe out your Android backup in 60 days

Google will not wipe out your Android backup in 60 days

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.

A user on Reddit reported the issue yesterday on the site. This is versus the older method in which users had to use Google Drive for files, and Google Photos for photos.

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.

A Reddit user had posted on website Android Police that Google simply deleted the entire backup to his data saved in Drive without any prior notification.

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According to commentators, Titanium Backup is easily the most popular solution to backup app data, SMS messages, and other stuff on a rooted device. "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 f* backup". Tanglebrook switched to an iPhone for two months, which is the exact period Google keeps a backup of your Android phone before it considers it inactive and deletes it from its servers. For instance: "Expires in 54 days". If the device is unused for two weeks, Google Drive will then display an expiration date below the backup, showing a countdown of how much longer you have until it gets automatically wiped.

It is pertinent to mention that once the backup is deleted, there is no way of recovering it.

On the left, click Backups. On contacting the Drive Support, Tanglebrook discovered that there is no option for recovery despite the fact that user was paying for the company's service.

What is particularly worrying about the process is that Android users are not informed about this.