Meta, the parent company of WhatsApp, has decided to discontinue the unlimited backup option for Android users that was initially introduced in 2015. Both Google and WhatsApp have officially acknowledged that moving forward, users will be restricted to a total of 15 GB of combined storage across Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos for their WhatsApp backups. Google has issued a cautionary notice, indicating that users who reach this storage limit will need to clear space in their accounts before they can resume the backup process.
WhatsApp Unlimited Google Drive Backup
The unlimited backup feature introduced in 2015 for Android users on the Meta-owned instant messaging platform WhatsApp is now being discontinued. Both Google and WhatsApp have confirmed that users of the app will no longer get access to the unlimited backup option.
In an official announcement, both Google and WhatsApp have verified that the unlimited backup feature will be discontinued soon. Users will now be limited to a 15GB backup allocation, which they will share with Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos.
WhatsApp backup on Android will remain functional as long as you have enough space in your Google account’s storage. In case you reach your storage limit, it becomes necessary to create space by deleting unnecessary items, so you can resume the backup seamlessly.
There are indications that Google might introduce restrictions on WhatsApp starting in December through its upcoming Beta updates, with plans to make it public in the early weeks of 2024. To access expanded storage capacity, users will have the option to subscribe to the Google One service.