Warning: Your Phone Backup is not Immortal

If you switch between platforms, you’ll want to read this.

With the recent changes to BBM and the way in which BBID is transferred (or not transferred) between device platforms, I realized that there are many more people that change between device platforms than I had previously thought. If users are switching back and forth between their BlackBerry Passport and their BlackBerry PRIV, there will of course be no problem. But let’s say that they have been using their Passport for a few months and had sold their PRIV to a friend, and now they have purchased a new shiny BlackBerry KEYone? They will find themselves setting that KEYone up from scratch.

The reason for this is that Google actually deletes phone backups that are more than two months old. A Redditor discovered this the hard way when he broke he returned his Nexus 6P and began using an iPhone. The user had a paid Google Drive account and could see his backup file there in the Drive. But then that backup file disappeared. Now, when the user purchases his next Android phone, he will have nothing to restore to his new phone.

Come to find out, Google only stores phone backups for two months. Even if they are in the user’s Drive! After two weeks, the file will show an expiration date on it, but without utilizing that backup within that time, there is nothing a user can do to keep it from deleting. Apple has a similar housecleaning procedure with their backups although it is for a longer period. Apple will delete unused backups after 180 days from the iCloud.

Honestly, I don’t see a problem with these providers deleting unused files, after all, there is nothing that says that user will ever come back. Likewise, it’s not as if they have been secretive about the process as both list their time frames within the user documentation (who really reads that?). However, I wonder why a file that is stored within a user’s drive account would be deleted? Especially if that is a paid premium account. I would assume that the file would count against the user’s storage, and sit there for as long as the user chose to keep it there.

As a warning for you device switchers out there, if you want to keep your backups, be sure to sign in to a device using them regularly in order to keep your files active.

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source: ZDNet


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