WhatsApp now offers unlimited backups on Google Drive

Doris Richards
August 18, 2018

The company already gives you 15 GB of free online storage service through Google Drive. However, users should note that this new updated partnership between Google and WhatsApp won't be seen in effect until November 12, 2018. We first talked about Google One in May when it was first announced.

Google has made this announcement in the run-up to the launch of Google One - a consolidated cloud storage subscription service which will avail all services from Google including Google Drive, Google Photos and Gmail in a packaged format.

WhatsApp and Google have reached a new agreement in which WhatsApp backup data will not be a part of your Google Drive storage quota. The latest move is quite valuable for the Android users who don't have plenty of storage space on Google Drive to regularly back up their WhatsApp chats. It used to take up some space on the cloud, but today all users received emails saying the backup package will not count towards your available quota of storage, meaning you can store all the data for free. Obviously, you'll need a Google account activated on your smartphone with Google Play services installed. However, it doesn't bring any change to iOS users since WhatsApp for iPhone uses iCloud as the source to store backups.

One new feature Google added is sharing with family members. Therefore, it is recommended to manually back up the date before November 12.


If you wish to backup your chats, simply open WhatsApp tap on Menu Settings Chats Chat backup. Now tap the Back up button.

The email circulated by Google Drive teams notes that this new agreement with WhatsApp is now not in effect.

Let's say you sign up for the $2/month option. If you're on iOS you're out in the cold on this one.

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