WhatsApp backups could soon start counting against Google Drive storage

With the introduction of its Google One services, the Alphabet-owned company recently took the controversial step of removing the ability to upload unlimited compressed media to Google Photos in favour of that counting towards the firm’s 15GB storage limit. Now, the same fate may befall WhatsApp.

As pointed out by WABetaInfo, a new change could mean that WhatsApp backups could soon count against a user’s free 15GB or paid storage quota should they be enrolled with Google One.

At present, WhatsApp backups – no matter their size – do not count against any Google storage quota.

Going forward, reports cite that WhatsApp will offer users various settings to tailor their backup plans – such as only backing up text messages or only retaining parts of their media library (such as media, messages, or documents). The feature would, ostensibly, make WhatsApp backups far less costly in terms of the cloud storage they occupy.

Notices found within a future build of WhatsApp point to the fact that the Meta-owned messaging service will update users as they progressively run out of space to perform account backups.

It remains to be seen whether Google may offer the same unlimited backup service offered at present as part of its Google One packages.