WhatsApp Backups to Consume Google Drive Storage: Here’s What You Need to Know
In a recent joint announcement, Google and WhatsApp revealed a significant change in how WhatsApp backups will utilize Google Drive storage starting next month. This shift will impact all Android users, with beta users being the first to experience the change, followed by a gradual rollout for everyone else.
As of the upcoming update, WhatsApp backups will start counting towards the default 15 GB of free storage that comes with Google accounts. Users can expect to see a banner notifying them of the impending change, along with a countdown indicating the days left before it takes effect.
For those concerned about running out of storage, Google One offers various plans to accommodate different needs. The basic 100 GB plan, priced at Rs. 52 per month in Pakistan for the first 3 months and Rs. 209 thereafter, allows sharing with up to 5 users and includes exclusive workspace features and dark web monitoring for stolen passwords.
Opting for the 200 GB plan, available at Rs. 84 per month for 3 months and then Rs. 339 monthly, provides additional storage for users with more extensive needs. The most comprehensive option, offering 2 TB of storage, is priced at Rs. 262 per month for the initial 3 months and Rs. 1049 thereafter.
However, for those reluctant to invest in additional storage, Google provides tools to clean up Drive and Photos storage, freeing up space without the need for a purchase.
This change may be seen as part of Google’s strategy to encourage more users to subscribe to its cloud storage services. Since 2021, Google limited free accounts to 15 GB of cloud storage, impacting various services. Some Google Pixel owners also reported not receiving extra Google One storage, despite all Pixel phones initially offering unlimited Drive storage. As the landscape evolves, users are encouraged to explore available options to manage their storage effectively.