WhatsApp’s long-standing offer of unlimited Google Drive backup for Android users is coming to an end. Since 2015, Android WhatsApp users have enjoyed the convenience of backing up their entire chat history to Google Drive without worrying about storage limits. However, recent announcements from WhatsApp and Google reveal that this unlimited storage perk will soon be a thing of the past.
What to know? Starting from December 2023 for WhatsApp Beta users, and extending to all Android users in early 2024, WhatsApp backups will count towards the standard 15GB storage quota provided with Google accounts.
This quota is shared across Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos. Once users reach this limit, they’ll need to clear space to continue backing up their WhatsApp data.
Google has clarified that this change won’t affect users with a Google Workspace subscription obtained through their workplace or educational institution. These users will continue to enjoy their current storage benefits.
For those concerned about limited Google Drive space, WhatsApp has introduced a feature facilitating easy chat transfers to other devices, independent of Google Drive. This update marks a notable change in how users manage their WhatsApp data, emphasizing the need for mindful storage management.
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