Planning on taking a break from Andriod? Don’t stay away too long as Google will delete your android backup from its servers if you stop using your device for more than two months. This applies to paid subscriptions on Google Drive too.
A report by Android Police suggests that Google will not store your android backups forever. For a long time, android had always synced data with Google’s servers, allowing seamless transitions to a new android device, if you’re logging in with the same account. The feature had been vastly improved over the years in later versions of android.
The discovery was made by a user on Reddit and it has gathered a lot of attention. Unfortunately, all those apps and settings are set to an expiration date. It is possible to check the expiration date of any backup in the Google Drive folder. Apparently the expiration dates are showing up if google drive is accessed by an android. That is problematic as you might not have an android device.
Anyone planning of leaving their android phones unused for a long time should check back once in a while. As long as one device is checking in to Google’s servers every two months, the backups should remain.
Google’s support page mentions that users will be ‘notified’ when they access Google Drive, a counter will tell users how much time is left before deletion. This is probably a poor way to inform users about the fate of their backups. It could potentially cause several problems to unsuspecting users.Though deleting unused accounts and data is common practice for many backup services, most send out notifications or emails before deletion. An email from Google before deleting backups would be nice.