WhatsApp chat backups on Google Drive are free and do not count against your Google Drive storage quota at present. But this is going to change in future. According to a report by WaBetaInfo, Google is planning to stop offering the unlimited plan to store your WhatsApp backups. Instead, the company may introduce a limited plan for the same.
In particular, they are planning to introduce changes for backups, notifications about when Google Drive is almost full, when the limit is reached and information about when the changes take effect. The report shares a screenshot that shows some important strings that explain what’s changing in a future update.
As per these strings, WhatsApp backups on Google Drive will continue to be free, but it will be a limited plan. The report does not provide any detail or information about the new storage plan.
WhatsApp: Google may have a new plan for WhatsApp users’ chats
A previous report by WaBetaInfo last year suggested that WhatsApp may allow its users to manage backup size. The website spotted a new section that may allow users to exclude specific media to be included in the next backup. The exact reason why WhatsApp is developing this feature was not known then. Now that Google will reportedly stop unlimited plans for WhatsApp backup, the ability to manage backup size makes sense. As it will allow users to decide what to include in the WhatsApp backup.
The upcoming change should not be surprising as Google stopped offering unlimited storage for Google Photos last year.
WhatsApp backups do not count against the Google Drive storage quota after an agreement between WhatsApp and Google in 2018. WhatsApp backups are tied to the phone number and Google account they were created on. It must be noted that WhatsApp backups that haven’t been updated in more than one year are automatically removed from Google Drive.