Bad news for WhatsApp on Android 2022: Backup to Drive will no longer be unlimited
One of the more convenient features introduced on Whatsapp and the automatic backup and restore of chats, which on Android uses Google Drive as cloud support to securely store all archives. Android users so far enjoyed unlimited and free backup for WhatsApp on Drive.
Although Google has always limited the cloud space available to its users who do not pay for Google One subscription, the cloud storage space allocated to WhatsApp backups was so far unlimited it’s free.
Unfortunately, this is about to change: WABetaInfo detected some strings in the code of the WhatsApp app for Android, which indicates that Google will make it free space for WhatsApp backups limited.
Specifically, it would appear that Google will grant a certain amount for the WhatsApp backup for free to its users. Beyond this quota, the space occupied by WhatsApp backups will contribute to the count of the space occupied on your account. In this sense, WhatsApp could introduce some new features which will allow users to manage and customize backup files, also in order to save occupied space.
The news does not take us by surprise, at a time when Google has progressively narrowed free cloud space for its users on Drive, removing some of the advantages in terms of storage on Drive also for owners of its Pixels. It is fair to consider that the space occupied by WhatsApp backups is already counted in iCloud from Apple.
At the moment there are no timelines for the introduction of the novelty. This is under development, we will come back to update you as soon as further news in this sense emerges.
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