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WhatsApp backups may get limited storage space on Google Drive in future

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  • WhatsApp backups on Android may soon get counted against Goggle Drive space
  • It may offer limited storage space on Google Drive
  • Exceeding the limit may require users to avail a subscription plan

WhatsApp backups on Android are likely to be counted against users’ Google Drive storage in future. As it is known, Google offers 15GB of free cloud storage space . Thanks to an agreement between developers and Google, no matter how big a WhatsApp backup data, it is not counted against Google Drive’s cloud storage space.

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On the other hand, WhatsApp backups on iOS are counted against Apple’s iCloud storage. A new report by WABetaInfo citing WhatsApp code reveals that WhatsApp backups on Android will be provided with limited storage space on Google Drive in future.

WhatsApp backups may count against Google Drive storage in future

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A screenshot of the under-development feature for managing WhatsApp backup sizes

In October 2021, the publication came across an under-development feature that allowed users to manage the chat backup sizes by excluding some items like images, videos, audios, and so on, to save Google Drive storage space. At that time, it was speculated that the reason behind such a feature might be in works could be that Google may be planning to allocate limited free storage space for WhatsApp backups on Google Drive.

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WhatsApp code reveals new notifications for Google Drive limit for chat backups

Now, the publication has come across fresh details by decompiling the WhatsApp app. The screenshot of the WhatsApp code shared by the publication reveals that a future update may bring new notifications for Google Drive backup quota limit approaching and backup quota reached (or consumed).

These notifications indicate that WhatsApp users on Android will get limited free storage space on Google Drive in future. If a user exceeds the free space limit, he may have to avail a paid subscription plan to backup more data.

Last year, Google stopped providing free photo backups for Google Photos. Hence, there is a possibility that Google may soon stop providing free unlimited storage for WhatsApp backups for Android users in the coming days.

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