Backing up your WhatsApp account could become a problem if you’re constantly sending and receiving photos and videos in your conversations. Even though Google Drive takes care of the storage, it’s definitely possible to run out of space if you also use the cloud storage service for other things. Luckily, this is going to change soon: WhatsApp backups are not going to take up space in your Google Drive account anymore.
We found out about this new feature via Reddit. The decision stems from an agreement between Google and the company owned by Facebook. What it means is, you’ll no longer have to worry about storing the backups of your WhatsApp accounts. The 15 free gigabytes from Google Drive are going to feel like even more thanks to this new change. That said, the change won’t go into effect until November 12, 2018.
The backups saved to Google Drive will have an expiration date of 1 year, and will be deleted from your storage after that time. This shouldn’t be a problem though, given that you can change the frequency of the backups just like we explained in this article.
This new feature has only been announced for Android so far, so iOS users will have to continue using the space in their iCloud accounts. What’s more, there still hasn’t been any official statement made about the change. We’ve only found out about the news thanks to the emails that Google is sending to different users of the app. In these emails, Google recommends that users make a backup copy of their conversations before October 30, 2018 to safeguard their history effectively.
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