If you're using an Android smartphone, you can use an automated backup feature to safeguard the data from your phone by backing it up to Google Drive.
With your data stashed in the cloud, you might think all is well -- but Google could delete your Backups without giving you any warning.
The backup deletion "feature" is not new, but it has been brought to prominence by a Nexus 6P user who posted to Reddit using the name Tanglebrook:
I needed to refund my 6P a couple months ago, and have been using an old iPhone until I find a good Android replacement.
The chances are that you will use your phone on your return, but there are certainly circumstances in which this may not be the case (you might switch to another device for a while, for instance) -- and then your data will be lost forever.
- Google will Delete Your Android Backups After 60 Days of InactivityPhoneWorld Magazine (press release) (blog)
- Google may delete your Android backups if you don't use the phone for 2 weeksTechRepublic
- PSA: Google deletes Android backups after a couple months of inactivitySlashGear
- Google deletes Android backups if you don't use your phone for two monthsZDNet
- Android backups of inactive phone on Google Drive will be deleted after 2 monthsDevs-Lab (blog)
- Google Deletes Inactive Android Device Backups After 2 MonthsPCMag
- Google Will Auto-Delete Android Backups If Users Don't Use Their Phones for 2 ...BleepingComputer
- Google will delete your Android phone backup if you don't use the device for ...Firstpost
- Warning: Your Android Google Drive Backups Can 'Expire', Leading Google To ...Lifehacker Australia