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WhatsApp backups will no longer take up Google cloud storage

WhatsApp will no longer take up Google Drive space as of November 2018. (Source: Google Play Store)
WhatsApp will no longer take up Google Drive space as of November 2018. (Source: Google Play Store)
WhatsApp has distinguished itself among messaging apps through its ability to eat your storage. However, a new agreement between the Facebook subsidiary and Google mean that WhatsAapp backups will no longer clog up space on the Drives of its users.

WhatsApp is a popular messaging app for Android, iOS and desktops. Unlike other similar services, however, it includes options to store backups of the messages and content sent to its users on mobile devices. These files can be located on a phone's own on-board storage. Alternatively, these backups can live on clouds such as Apple iCloud or Google Drive. 

Those who wish to keep their backups may face the issue of reduced storage space over time. This may be particularly pressing for heavy or consistent WhatsApp users, especially those not inclined to pay for increased cloud-space from their OS provider. On the other hand, Apple and Google only offer 5GB and 15GB of free cloud space respectively. 

However, there is good news - albeit only for users who back up using Google cloud storage. WhatsApp and Google have agreed to negate the file-sizes of the messaging service's backups on Drive. Therefore, they may still be present on this cloud without taking up any of its space. According to reports, this agreement will take effect in November 2018. However, it is important to note that back-ups older than one year will be erased from Drive at this point. This can be addressed through manual back-ups using applicable Android clients by October 31, 2018.

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2018-08-21 (Update: 2018-08-21)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.