Storage of Google Photos, Gmail, Google Play Store, Google Drive, etc. for users was previously limited. Recent reports, however, suggest that Google may soon limit the amount of storage allocated or provided for WhatsApp chat backups in Google Drive. Most likely users will have to choose some default storage plans for WhatsApp data backup in the future, where they will have to pay to get extra storage for chat backups after exceeding the specified space limit.
Storage for WhatsApp chat backups will be limited to Google Drive
Recently, WhatsApp’s feature tracker WABetaInfo shared a screenshot mentioning changes to Google Drive, showing the storage allocated for multiple string and chat backups separately. In this case, the strings clearly show phrases such as “Backup limit is” and “Google Drive backup changing”. In addition, they also show warnings such as “Google Drive Almost Full” and “Google Drive Limit Reached”.
Note that last October there was an indication that users will be able to upload selected chats, messages or media to Google Drive as a backup with the help of a new feature. But now that new screenshots have surfaced, questions are being raised about the limitations of this type of feature.
WhatsApp backups and possible changes to Google Drive
There is no word yet on how much storage Google will offer for chat backups. Apple allows 5GB of free iCloud storage for its iPhone. Users have to buy storage if this limit is exceeded. However, if Google follows a similar plan, then 15 GB of storage may be provided for WhatsApp backup on Android phones. Once this limit is reached, users will probably have to purchase a ‘Google One’ plan starting at Rs 130 per month for an additional 100 GB of storage.