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Google will delete Android backups if a device remains inactive for more than two months

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Android backups is a helpful tool that stores your device's information on a Google Drive folder, which makes restoring the data a (usually) simple process whenever it's required.

What most people don’t know, however, is that Google will delete these backups if a device is inactive for more than two months, even if you pay for the service and without informing you first.

The rule was brought to light by Redditor Tanglebrook, who had been using an old iPhone for a few months while they searched for an Android device to replace their Nexus 6P.

During a random check of the Google Drive Backup folder, Tanglebrook found the 6P’s files were missing.

Checking the service's support documents revealed what had happened: the backups will only stay on Google Drive for as long as the device is in use.

If it remains unused for two weeks, an expiration date will appear below the backup.

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