WhatsApp backups will no longer take away your Google Drive storage space

Joanna Estrada
August 18, 2018

The company already gives you 15 GB of free online storage service through Google Drive.

WhatsApp and Google have reached a new agreement in which WhatsApp backup data will not be a part of your Google Drive storage quota.

Thanks to a deal with Google, WhatsApp backups to Google Drive will be free and unlimited from 12 November 2018.

However, WhatsApp has also stated that backups that haven't been updated in more than one year will be automatically removed from Google Drive storage. It's worth noting that my personal Google Drive 100GB paid account is still the old Google Drive so the upgrades to One are certainly not finished yet for existing users. If you're a new subscriber, you'll be signed up to a Google One account if you're in the United States from today. Notably, apart from updating its FAQ page, WhatsApp has started sending emails to users to inform them about the fresh change.

Google One allows users to share their storage with up to five family members, each with access to all the other benefits of Google One. Therefore, it is recommended to manually back up the date before November 12. It does not mean that the backup won't be stored on Google Drive, it will just be stored separately within your Google Drive without taking away your free or purchased storage. Now tap the Back up button. It also added that this new agreement is now not in effect and will go into effect on November 12. If this is the first time you're backing up your WhatsApp data, you also need to select a Google account by tapping the Account option. According to Google, "You can easily get in touch with a team of Google experts 24/7 to answer your questions-whether you need help recovering a file you accidentally deleted or want to learn how to use Gmail when you're offline".

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