WhatsApp Backups Will not Count against Google Drive Storage Quota

On August 20. 2018, many Google Drive and Whatsapp users received this message from the Google Drive Team:

“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 go into effect for all users on November 12, 2018 though some users may see the quota benefits earlier. To avoid the loss of any backups, we recommend that people manually back up WhatsApp before November 12, 2018.

Recommended Actions

1. Confirm that your current Android WhatsApp client is backed up

2. If you would like to refresh any existing backups, please manually back up your WhatsApp client before October 30, 2018

The Google Drive team”

For many who are on a tight budget but still want to back up their Whatsapp history somewhere, this is a happy day.

Keep in mind that the backup of messages and media to date can be time-consuming if one has never backed up Whatsapp use.  Once first back up is complete, further backups will complete much faster.

When backing up to Google Drive, users will not have the advantage of WhatsApp’s E2EE, its  system of communication where only the communicating users can read the messages. Instead, Google end-to-end file protection will claim that position while backups are completed.

The easiest to understand video demo is available in “How to Back Up WhatsApp data to Google Drive.” There is no music and not talk, just an easy visual demo to step-by-step complete the task.

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