WhatsApp backup won’t count towards your Google Drive storage

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Were you running out of space on your Google Drive storage? Well, there is a good news for you then. Thanks to the deal that Facebook-owned company was able to crack with Google, starting from November 12, 2018, WhatsApp backups will no longer be counted towards your Google Drive storage.

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The new development between WhatsApp and Google will allow the users to backup their whole chats to Google Drive without even worrying about going out of space. This will give users with an option to use the saved space for other tasks like to store more photos, videos etc.

WhatsApp doesn’t store the users’ chat backups on its servers. Instead, this messaging app requires users to backup their conversations on another company’s cloud service.

Also, the company has clearly stated in the FAQ section, “WhatsApp backups that haven’t been updated in more than one year will be automatically removed from Google Drive storage.” So, to avoid the loss of any backups, backup your contents manually before November 12.

However, the messaging app is also capable of setting up automatic backups on Google Drive for Android users and on iCloud for iPhone users. So, Android users can also setup the automatic backups to their Google Drive or they can either use the device’s local storage by going through the app’s settings.

Be sure that you choose short backup intervals and the next date for back up your chat data is before November 12. This way you will be able to save it when WhatsApp begins the roll out.

Do take a note of this, the media and messages that you back up on Google Drive aren’t protected by WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption, though the backup is protected by Google’s encryption.

Also, this development is limited to the Android users only and there has been no word by the company as when do they plan to expand the same to the iPhone users.