Google ends unlimited backups for WhatsApp chats on Android, impacting storage

Nov 18, 2023 - 12:00
Google ends unlimited backups for WhatsApp chats on Android, impacting storage
Google ends unlimited backups for WhatsApp chats on Android, impacting storage

In a recent update, WhatsApp for Android users will now be subject to storage limitations on Google Drive. Users will receive a notification 30 days prior to this change, prompting them to take necessary actions.

To manage this change, users can navigate to WhatsApp Settings > Chats > Chat backup, where they will find a banner notifying them about the impending update. If users approach their storage limit, they must create additional space by deleting unnecessary items to resume their backups.

Google provides storage management tools for convenient bulk deletion of large files, including photos. Another effective solution is clearing items directly from WhatsApp, reducing the storage utilized by subsequent backups.

For those seeking expanded storage options, Google One offers plans starting at Rs 130 per month for 100GB, Rs 210 for 200GB, and Rs 650 for a 2TB plan. Eligible users will soon receive limited, one-time Google One offers, with the option to explore annual plans for added savings. If the standard 15GB storage is insufficient, users can opt for additional Google Drive storage, requiring payment to back up their WhatsApp data.

It's important to note that these changes specifically apply to personal Google Accounts. Google Workspace subscribers through work or school will not be affected by these alterations.

This adjustment aligns the WhatsApp backup experience on Android with practices on other platforms. Android users, who have enjoyed five years of WhatsApp backups exempt from Google Drive storage limits, will now experience a shift. This privilege was not extended to iOS users.

Users who prefer not to use their Google account for backups have an alternative option: WhatsApp Chat Transfer. This feature enables wireless transfer when switching to a new Android device, provided both phones have Wi-Fi enabled.

Google assures users that the essence of WhatsApp backups remains unchanged, except for potential storage limits impacting continued cloud data saving. Deleting items in WhatsApp will reflect in the cloud backup, aiding users in conserving space on Google Drive.

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