In a big change to WhatsApp, the messaging platform will stop serving free unlimited Google Drive storage for saving WhatsApp backups. After this change is applied, your WhatsApp backups will count towards the available quota in Google Drive.
WhatsApp, in collaboration with Google, has been offering unlimited Google Drive storage for WhatsApp backups for free. But, this collaboration is ending soon, as WhatsApp has officially confirmed this new change for storing backups.
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This new change will be applied to WhatsApp beta in December 2023. For the remaining users, it will be rolled out in the first half of 2024.
Should you worry about this upcoming change to WhatsApp backups? Well, yes, if your backup includes a lot of videos or your Google Drive storage is almost full.
WhatsApp has already started notifying users about it in the WhatsApp Settings > Chats > Chat backup, as you can see in the screenshot below.
Google offers 15GB of storage for free. This storage is shared across Google products, including Google Photos, Gmail, and Google Drive. To check available storage, open Google Drive, tap on three horizontal lines, and you’ll see the available storage quota at the bottom of your screen.
Regularly store backups before WhatsApp brings this new change to storing backups on Google Drive. From WhatsApp’s Settings screen, go to Chats > Chat backup and tap Back up. Toggle on the Include videos option if you need to backup videos. You can choose the option to automatically backup chats Daily, Weekly, or Monthly.
If your Google Drive storage is almost full, you’ll need to either free up the storage or subscribe to Google One to keep storing WhatsApp backups. Or, you can download the backups to your device. Another way out is there is to download the backups to your device and store them on cloud storage, but it requires manual work.