Recently the Facebook – owned WhatsApp Inc., has announced a breaking news ahead of the app’s major update. This news involves a deal made between WhatsApp and Google.
Google has also sent mails to all their customers regarding this issue. They notified the people to back up their WhatsApp data on to Google Drive or on to the manual local storage.
Well, because apparently WhatsApp (or WhatsApp backups more specifically), would no longer count against Google Drive storage quota.
More details regarding this deal between WhatsApp and Google –
As of July, 2018, WhatsApp is said to have about 1.5 billion monthly active users, (as per the information given by Statista). Thus, losing data would be among the biggest concerns for all WhatsApp users.
According to the mail, from the 12th of November, 2018, all the users who never bothered to back up their data at least once in a year, would have their data being erased. Luckily, it won’t be erased from your device altogether, but it would be deleted from the Google Drive storage.
Hence, if you lose your device or uninstall WhatsApp or change your device, then beware of this issue.
WhatsApp and Google have possibly declared this in order to free up storage space. So it’s a good news in one way but it’s also considered as a bad news for the ‘erasing of data’ issue.
More Insight –
What was mentioned in Google’s mails regarding WhatsApp and Google Drive?
“Due to a new agreement between WhatsApp and Google, WhatsApp backups will no longer count against Google Drive storage quota.
“However, any WhatsApp backups that have not been updated in more than a year will automatically be removed from storage.
“This policy will come into effect for all users on November 12, 2018, although some users may see the quota benefits earlier.
“To avoid the loss of backups, we recommend that people back up WhatsApp before November 12, 2018.”
Have a look at the image shown below in order to view the complete mail sent to all the customers.
Reason – Google One
According to XDA Developers, this announcement was made as Google opened up the Google One cloud storage subscription service for more users worldwide. Google One is a consolidation of all of
Google’s subscription services, including Google Drive, Google Photos, and Gmail, offers the following subscription tiers:
- 15GB – Free for all Google accounts
- 100GB – $1.99 per month
- 200GB – $2.99 per month
- 2TB – $9.99 per month
Either ways, in order to save your chats, images, videos, GIFs, etc. it is high time you back up your WhatsApp data right away to Google Drive. This can easily be done by following these steps –
Select the three dots on the top right corner > Click on Settings > Select Chats > Tap on Chat backup > Click on Back up.
You could make this option automatic. Also, there is an option to back up your videos if needed or not.