Bad news for WhatsApp users. The free Google Drive storage backup provided to Android users to store their chat history, including photos and videos, is being discontinued by social networking platform WhatsApp in 2024, which is owned by Meta.
Recent changes suggest that users will soon have to choose between opting for a Google One subscription or saving their WhatsApp data on Google Drive against the 15GB storage limit. Google wrote in a post in November announcing the new changes
“In a major development, WhatsApp backups on Android will soon start counting towards your Google account’s cloud storage limit, similar to how WhatsApp backups are handled on other mobile platforms. The change will first roll out to WhatsApp beta users from December 2023, then gradually to all WhatsApp users on Android starting next year”.
According to the firm’s statement, WhatsApp will start notifying users 30 days in advance with a banner under WhatsApp Settings > Chats > Chat Backup, and the new modification will roll out to all users in 2024. Our version of the WhatsApp beta app has now started showing the message
“Backups will start using your Google storage in the next few months.”
Although buying a Google One subscription is an obvious option for WhatsApp users who use more storage than the 15GB limit. Still the firm allows users to transfer data between Android devices.