Google may soon end unlimited backups for WhatsApp users

Google may soon end unlimited backups for WhatsApp users
Google currently offers unlimited backup for WhatsApp users.WhatsApp
  • WhatsApp is reportedly working on a new feature that will offer users more control over backups.
  • This will allow users to select which items are to be backed up.
  • Google is expected to end unlimited backups for WhatsApp users.
WhatsApp is currently working on a new feature that will offer more control to users over what is backed up to Google. While this is a good feature and allows users to control the backup size, the reason behind this may disappoint a lot of users.

Google Drive is currently the easiest way for WhatsApp users to backup their chats, images and videos for free without having to worry about storage limits. As per a WaBetaInfo report, this may change soon as Google may announce a limit for free backups.

Earlier this year, Google Photos ended free storage for photo backups for its users after offering the service for over six years.

Complimentary Tech Event
Discover the future of SaaS in India
The 6-part video series will capture the vision of Indian SaaS leaders and highlight the potential for the sector in the decades to come.Watch on Demand
Our Speakers
Girish Mathrubootham
Brian E. Taptich
As per the report, Google may offer a limited plan that will allow users to backup only 2000MB per user. In addition to this, the company may offer other paid options to users who wish to backup more.

The new ‘Manage backup size’ feature on WhatsApp will allow users to select the content they wish to backup and users will be able to see the amount of storage required to backup the selected content.


Here are the options that users will get while backing up content:

  • Include photos
  • Include audio
  • Include videos
  • Include documents
  • Include other media
Chat databases and user settings files will be automatically backed up and users will not be able to turn this off.

At the moment, neither Google nor WhatsApp have revealed any information about unlimited backups coming to an end. This is currently a rumor and we should know more about this in the coming days.


WhatsApp working on a ‘Community’ feature that could co-exist with Groups

Google Photos' free storage comes to an end, and there are hardly any good alternatives

WhatsApp is developing a new multi-device feature that will allow users to link their main account to another tablet or phone