WhatsApp backups are significantly simplified as you solely must hyperlink your Google or iCloud account to avoid wasting your chats to the cloud. Whereas the backups have counted in direction of iCloud storage on iOS for the longest time, the identical is now going to use to Android customers as properly. Now, if you happen to again up your WhatsApp chats to Google Drive, it is going to rely in direction of your cupboard space.
Yeah, for so long as I can bear in mind, chat backups on Android haven’t counted in direction of your Google Drive storage. And it has been a boon for customers who don’t overstuff their cloud storage with tons of images, information, and such. Nevertheless, with the newest bulletins from Google and WhatsApp, that’s about to vary beginning this December.
The messaging large has confirmed that the change will first roll out to WhatsApp Beta customers in December this yr. Since I’m one, I’ll replace you as soon as I see the change is stay on my finish. As for others, the change received’t be that speedy and can attain all Android customers within the first half of 2024.
“WhatsApp backups on Android will quickly begin counting towards your Google Account cloud storage restrict, much like how WhatsApp backups are dealt with on different cellular platforms,” reads the Google help web page. So, going ahead, keep in mind that you’ll must have cupboard space out there in your Drive to again up your WhatsApp chats and media.
In case your 15GB free storage quota on Google Drive is exhausted, you’ll need to release area to make sure your WhatsApp chats are backed up. The backup will probably be paused within the meantime. On its FAQ web page, WhatsApp mentions that it’s going to inform customers with a banner within the “Chat backup” part within the Settings “30 days earlier than this transformation occurs.” So, head to Settings -> Chats -> Chat backup to maintain a verify on the identical.
Moreover, while you’re there, we advise you arrange and allow the “end-to-end encrypted backups” choice. This may mean you can hold your messages safe even when they’re saved on Google’s servers.
That being mentioned, you’ll now must hold a better eye in your Google Drive storage quota. WhatsApp chat backup being paused as a consequence of an absence of cupboard space can harm you when switching or resetting your telephone. All your newest messages will probably be misplaced within the course of. So, ensure to at all times have free cupboard space or get further area with Google One.
What are your ideas on this transformation? I imply it is sensible contemplating the large variety of Android customers in nations like India, Brazil, and different areas the place WhatsApp is the first messenger app.