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WhatsApp Set to End Free Google Drive Storage for Android Users in 2024

WhatsApp, the social networking platform owned by Meta, is making changes to the free Google Drive storage provided to Android users for storing their chat history, including photos and videos.

Starting soon, users will have to decide between getting a Google One membership or having their WhatsApp data stored on Google Drive count against the 15GB storage limit.

Google announced these changes in November, stating that WhatsApp backups on Android will soon contribute to the Google Account cloud storage limit, similar to how backups are handled on other mobile platforms. The rollout will begin with WhatsApp Beta users in December 2023 and gradually extend to all WhatsApp users on Android in early 2024.

Users will receive a 30-day advance notification under WhatsApp Settings > Chats > Chat backup, with the new changes taking effect next year. The WhatsApp Beta app is already displaying a message, indicating that backups will start using Google storage in the coming months.

For users exceeding the 15GB limit, purchasing a Google One subscription is an option. However, WhatsApp still allows users to transfer data between Android devices. Keep an eye on your WhatsApp settings for updates on these changes.

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