WhatsApp backups will not consume Google Drive storage space

WhatsApp backups will not consume Google Drive storage space The latest move is quite valuable for the Android users who don’t have plenty of storage space on Google Drive to regularly back up their WhatsApp chats. However, it doesn’t bring any change to iOS users since WhatsApp for iPhone uses iCloud as the source to store backups. WhatsApp backups will no longer count towards the Google Drive storage quota starting November 12. 

WhatsApp backups will not consume Google Drive storage space

WhatsApp backups will not consume Google Drive storage space

WhatsApp backups will not consume Google Drive storage space for the backups of multimedia files. For most users, WhatsApp consumes a lot of storage with loads of images and videos being shared by individuals and groups. These will be stored on their Google Drive as backups. However, the limit of free Google Drive space is 15GB that will be easily occupied by the WhatsApp backups.
WhatsApp backups will not consume Google Drive storage space, this feature comes after Google and WhatsApp have joined hands to make storage access easier for users,
which will ensure that backups of the messaging app do not count against your data storage space on Google Drive.

The partnership will come into effect on November 12, after which WhatsApp users will be able to back up their chats and data on their Drive account without it occupying their Google Drive storage quota.

Google has already started sending emails to its users who have their WhatsApp accounts linked to Google Drive for backups, announcing the new agreement between both the companies.

How will the Chat Backup option help Android users?

WhatsApp backups will not consume Google Drive storage space

# This helps Android users to use the available Google Drive space to store important files and data other than the regular WhatsApp data.

# While there isn’t any restriction on the Google Drive front, to back up your WhatsApp data, you still need to fulfil the minimum requirements that include a Google account activated on your phone along with Google Play services. 

# Backing up your chats and media to Google Drive is helpful because when you change Android phones or get a new one, your chats and media remain transferable.

How to Backup WhatsApp Chats on Drive?

# Go to Settings on WhatsApp

# Select Chats where you’ll see the Chat Backup option

# Click on it and Backup your WhatsApp data

# Select the Gmail account where you want the data to be backed up

# WiFi is recommended for all data backups.

Android users

# On Android users have the option of backing up their chats and media to Google Drive.

# If one changes their Android phone they can restore the data when setting up WhatsApp on a new phone.

# However, the Gmail account needs to be the same, as the one to which the data was backed up in order for the restoration to be successful.

You can back up the data via Wi-Fi or use mobile data to get it done (as additional data charges apply), where including video content is an option. You can schedule timings for auto backup as well. WhatsApp messages, in general, tend to eat up a lot of space on the Google Drive, but with this move, those concerns will slowly go away.

First of all, make sure that your current Android WhatsApp is backed up successfully. Users have been advised to take a manual backup of their chats before October 30, so that the risk of backup removal is negated. It also added that this new agreement is currently not in effect and will go into effect on November 12. However, many users will be able to view quota benefits earlier.

WhatsApp showing advertisements in its ‘Status’ feature

In another news, WhatsApp might start showing advertisements in its ‘Status’ feature. As per the news report, WhatsApp will be charging companies ‘half a penny and 9 cents’ depending on the country. This is for every message delivered to the customers. The experience will be similar to Instagram Stories in Facebook is already showing ads in between Instagram stories.

WhatsApp businesses will soon be charged for sending their marketing and customer service messages. They will be charged a fixed price for the confirmed delivery and the price will vary from 0.5 cents to 9 cents per message. This cost will vary based on the country. However, this is restricted only for WhatsApp business accounts.

Notably

If the WhatsApp backup files are not updated for over a year then it will get automatically removed from Google Drive. Therefore, it is recommended to manually back up the date before November 12.

Also, keep in mind that WhatsApp chats and messages which are stored on Google Drive are not end-to-end encrypted. WhatsApp has started sending emails to users to inform them about the fresh change.

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