Google will strip WhatsApp of unlimited storage space for backups
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Google will strip WhatsApp of unlimited storage space for backups

A few years ago, Google and WhatsApp reached an agreement that the size of Android users’ WhatsApp chat backups does not count towards the Google Drive storage quota. It seems this is about to change, and chat backups are counted the same as other files residing in cloud storage.

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Image Source: Webster2703 / Pixabay

Being able to save backups of WhatsApp chats regardless of Google Drive free space is an advantage Android device users have. Apple does not provide iCloud users with unlimited storage space for WhatsApp backups. But apparently, Android device users may lose this benefit in the near future.

Some time ago, resource specialists from WABetaInfo found in the code of one of WhatsApp’s trial versions a mention of a function for managing backups, including deleting certain types of messages to save disk space.

Image source: WABetaInfo

Image source: WABetaInfo

These changes were first spotted a few months ago, and more recently, enthusiasts have found new evidence in WhatsApp application code that storage space will no longer be unlimited. The message states that Google Drive will warn users when they reach the limit for saving copies of WhatsApp chats. This means that a certain amount of free data storage is allocated by Messenger, but not unlimited. Previously, Google similarly refused to provide free unlimited photo storage from the Google Photos app.

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