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WhatsApp Backups Will Eat Up A Bit Of Google Drive Storage For Android Users

WhatsApp backups are about to take a big bite out of Google Drive storage for Android Users. Starting from this year 2024, chat histories, photos, and videos will no longer get a free pass.

Presently, WhatsApp data does not count against Drive storage limits. But that handy exemption is getting to an end shortly.

The company updated its terms and conditions for Android smartphones sometime last month but didn’t share details on when the change will take effect.

But those using WhatsApp’s beta version are already seeing backups tapping into their Drive quotas. The change will affect all Android users within the first half of 2024. 

First, you’ll get a 30-day in-app warning before your backup starts filling up your Drive. So you have time to prepare.

WhatsApp Backups

So if you’re worried about all those old chats and media taking over your storage, try these options:

1. Direct Transfer: Use WhatsApp’s built-in chat transfer to smoothly move your stuff to a new phone on the same WiFi.
2. Text-Only Backups: Save space by only backing up text, excluding your pictures and videos.

This change will make Android devices to match up with iPhone, where WhatsApp backups have always counted against iCloud storage.

So make sure you review your Drive usage and take action before your backup guzzle up your free storage. Whether it’s spring cleaning chats or changing backup settings, a leaner WhatsApp is ahead.

Prisca Ayim

Prisca Ayim is an Associate Editor at Jaybest Tech Review and PA to Kere O. Jonathan Okoh, the CEO of Jaybest Tech. She has been with the company from scratch. She has published dozens of articles on Jaybest Tech Review, covering articles on Alternatives, How To Guide, Software Review, websites, and Apps.

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