An email was sent to me by the Google Drive team informing me of the new development about backups storage. Certainly, Facebook and Google have arrived at a deal that brings new benefits to users. The content of the email read thus;
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 12 November 2018, although some users may see the quota benefits earlier. To avoid the loss of any backups, we recommend that people manually back up WhatsApp before 12 November 2018.
If you are one of those WhatsApp users who include photos and videos in their backups, this will make a noteworthy difference in your Google Drive storage quota. If you are just like me who does not, this makes no difference to you at all.
Google has a 15GB quota free for all Google accounts, and in case you need extra cloud storage, simply buy more at the following rates:
- 100GB for $1.99 per month
- 200GB for $2.99 per month
- 2TB for $9.99 per month
Meanwhile, remember that any backups that have not been updated in over a year will be deleted, so do a manual WhatsApp backup before October 30, 2018.