WhatsApp backup may get limited space on Google Drive in future
WhatsApp backups stored on Google Drive may no longer have unlimited storage space soon, given that reports surfaced on the internet to suggest the possibility of limiting backups on Android devices is being considered. WhatsApp users using iPhones currently have less storage space to store their backups on iCloud. However, this is not the case for Android users, who have been given unlimited storage space for backups on Google Drive for keeping their chat backups. As a result, WhatsApp could introduce some changes to assist users in managing the size of their backups on Android.
According to the report made by WhatsApp beta-tracker WABetaInfo, Some strings have been discovered within the source code for the instant message application that suggests that an update is taking place. For example, a screenshot posted by WABetaInfo displays the string that provides notifications to inform users that Google Drive is almost complete and has reached the limit. These notifications could be sent when users back up their chats using WhatsApp. Additionally, users could be offered the option to block certain types of files from being backed up to keep them from exceeding their limits.The code reported suggests that Google will offer a specific limit for the storage of WhatsApp backups. It could be in addition to or over the 15GB of free storage to users of Google Drive. This is different from the present situation, in which Google Drive offers unlimited storage space for backups of WhatsApp.
A support site explains that WhatsApp backups cannot use any of the Google Drive storage limits available to users. Yet, iPhone users do not enjoy this feature since Apple thinks of WhatsApp backups as part of the iCloud storage allowance.’
Tech Togather has reached out to both WhatsApp and Google to get their feedback on the change. This post will be updated once the respective companies respond. It is not surprising to observe Google end the unlimited storage allowance for WhatsApp backups since the company recently ended the unlimited storage benefits that users could avail themselves of for Google Photos. This change could be seen as an attempt to convince users to purchase Google One plans that start with $1.99 for the 100GB essential cloud storage.
Does WhatsApp backup take space in Google Drive?
Note: WhatsApp backups no longer count against your Google Drive storage quota. WhatsApp backups are tied to the phone number and Google account they were created on. … Media and messages you back up aren’t protected by WhatsApp end-to-end encryption while in Google Drive.
How many backups does Google Drive Save?
Make sure to have at least two backups: one local, on your desktop or on a hard drive, and one in the cloud.
Where does Google Drive save backups?
Simply click the numbers under ‘Storage’ in the sidebar, then ‘Backups’ in the top right corner next to the ‘i’ logo. You’ll see a list of your phone backups there, as well as WhatsApp backups if you use it. Alternatively, you can head to ‘drive.google.com/drive/backups‘ to access your backups.