If you have been looking forward to switch to iOS for a brief period, or if you are planning to send your Android device for a repair then you should keep the following two points in your mind:
- Backup your Android data on your computer or laptop, OR
- Make sure to return to your Android device or get a new one within 2 months
In case you miss to take any of these precautionary steps, Google will automatically delete all your Android backup.
As per the reports citing public feedback, android users have not been thrilled by this decision of Google about deleting the backup in case there is no activity on Android devices for two months. If the device remains inactive for two weeks, Google Drive will let the users know about the countdown as their backup will expire in X number of days. However, plenty of users feel that this is not the way it should have been.
One of the posts on Reddit read as:
“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.”
The mentioned statement indicates that it does not matter if you are paying for Google Drive storage or not; at the end your backup will be erased if it remains inactive for two months.
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It is pertinent to mention that once the backup is deleted, there is no way of recovering it. All your settings and data will be gone forever.
These auto deletions have not been well advertised by the most popular search engine. Subsequently, if you want your data to be stored then back it up on your computer locally or ensure you return to your Android device within two months.