Question is the pixel 6 and android 12 deleting files to clean up my device?

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nutzfreelance

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Mar 6, 2022
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i download a lot of files. and some i don't look at for weeks at a time after downloading.
lately Ive been finding directory's empty and files missing. some are documents, others are back ups of APK files, no pictures have gone missing however.

i can find no option in settings for auto cleanup, all that is turned off in my user apps under permissions.
i have never had this issue before but this is my first android over v9
 
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nutzfreelance

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Mar 6, 2022
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well that just proves there is an automagicly service that deletes things on the pixel.
the question is could it be malfunctioning and deleting things it should not and without notifying the user?

you would think they would use a recycle bin so the user could verify if the files should be deleted.
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  • Open your phone's Settings app.
  • Tap Storage
    and then
    Free up space
    and then
    Tap the Menu
    Menu
    .
  • Tap Settings
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    .
  • Turn on Smart Storage
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none of that exists on my device. and i cant find a setting for "safe storage"
i hope it is not on by defaut and only can be turned off with a vague command

its something to look into.
 

nutzfreelance

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files are definitely being deleted without me being involved.
8 files between only 24 hours to 5 days old. the folders are there but empty.

i have no cleaning software installed, nothing that should ever delete anything automatically. this is very annoying.

luckily i set up a nightly backup.