California: WhatsApp and Google have announced a major change in backup policy for Android users.
Google Drive storage for backing up chat history including photos and videos (free 15 GB of storage provided by the company) after the rollout of the change introduced in December, as announced by Google and WhatsApp. will be used.
When the storage size is low, Google will suggest users to delete unnecessary files or WhatsApp media to reduce the backup size. In addition, users can also opt for Google One Plane to increase cloud storage.
According to WhatsApp, this feature will be rolled out to beta users for testing in December, while for Android users, the change will be introduced in the first half of 2024 and will alert users 30 days ahead of time.
Notification of the change will appear as a banner in Settings > Chat > Chat Backup.
Users who don’t want to use their Google account for backup will have the option to use the WhatsApp chat transfer option while migrating to a new Android device.