WhatsApp backups will no longer need your Google Drive’s storage quota from November

WhatsApp is one of the most popular instant messaging apps. And, this popular messaging app allows you to back up your chats and shared media over Google Drive on Android. So, if you change your Android smartphone or reset your device, you can instantly restore your chats along with the media.

For everyone who relies on Google Drive to store their WhatsApp backups, there’s a good news. From November, WhatsApp backups will no longer count against your Google Drive cloud storage quota. So, you can easily have the space to store other files and documents.

For someone, who uses the messaging service almost exclusively and changes phones very frequently, backup and restore becomes mess. Giving up over 2GB of space on Google Drive for WhatsApp chats and media backups is pretty space consuming. Out of 15-19GB of free space available in Google Drive, giving up about 10-20% storage for WhatsApp backups seems disappointing.

Official Announcement

The company signed up a new agreement with Google regarding WhatsApp backups. So, following the agreement, it announced that WhatsApp backups will no longer count against Google Drive’s storage quota. This update will come into effect from November 12, 2018 onwards for all users. Some users received an email about this update. Also, WhatsApp has included details about it on their FAQ page.

In this announcement, the company also stated that any WhatsApp backups that have not been updated over a year will automatically be deleted from their storage. So, to avoid this, WhatsApp advised that you should manually back up WhatsApp chats on or before October 30.

For some users who frequently use WhatsApp for work and sharing media, the extra space they’ll have on their Google Drive will be a very good gift. For others, who just backup text chats is only of a few kilobytes of data. So, this offer won’t really matter to them.

Final verdict

WhatsApp’s backup is based on different cloud service providers on different platforms. Namely: Google Drive for Android, OneDrive for Windows, and iCloud for iOS. So, if you switch platforms, there is no official method to restore your backup from one platform to another. This is the major issue involved with WhatsApp’s backup feature. There are certain third party apps that allows you to do it. But, it is not recommended to backup data over such third party apps.

This announcement follows Google’s new subscription plan named as “Google One”. Google One is a combination of all Google’s subscription services, including Gmail, Google Photos, and Google Drive.

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