Google Drive For PC/Mac Will Be Replaced With Backup And Sync

Backup of Your Android Phone A Complete Guide

As pointed out by Android Police(which was alerted to this PSA by a Reddit user), Google allows for backups of your Android mobile device to Drive, but these backups will only be retained "as long as you use your device". Once the clocks reaches zero, that backup is gone, and affected users say they aren't given any warning ahead of time that the deletion is about to happen.

According to Reddit user Tanglebrook, there also is no option available to use paid Google Drive storage to maintain older backups either. When he finally got a replacement device, he found that about 50 apps, his Android settings, and his Wi-Fi passwords had been deleted from the Android 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. There's no option to store the Android backups in Google Drive space the user has/pays for, meaning you must keep in mind to use your device every couple of weeks or risk having an expiration date applied.

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Chaney became emotional during a phone interview, crying as he talked about the leader he says his son has become. The next day, he said , he was scolded by another teacher for the same thing.

"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", the Redditor added.

So if you're using your phone or tablet constantly, no worries. If you don't use your Android device for two months, its backup data will be deleted and that's all there is to it. For instance: "Expires in 54 days". The important thing to note here is that, once the data will be deleted, there is no way to recover it.

After contacting Drive support, Tanglebrook's fears were confirmed: The backup was gone. If a user imports data from an old Android phone to a new one, that data's status is considered active. So the only way to retain your Android backup data is to keep your device active by connecting it to Google's servers through the Internet.

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