WhatsApp, the popular messaging app owned by Meta, is set to discontinue its “unlimited storage” option for chat backups. In collaboration with Google, the app plans to eliminate the unlimited backup quota and will inform users about this change in advance.
WhatsApp’s modification is currently being tested in the WhatsApp Business beta for Android and is expected to be rolled out to all users next year, as reported by WaBetaInfo.
The upcoming change will align WhatsApp’s backup feature with iOS, allowing users to continue backing up their data within the 15GB limit of their Google accounts or additional storage subscriptions like Google One. This shift marks the end of unrestricted data backup, which could significantly impact users accustomed to automated, unlimited backups, especially those who frequently use multimedia messaging.
Strategies to Adapt to Limited Backup Storage
To adapt to the new storage limitations, users can take several steps:
- Clean Up Redundant Data: Users should review their Google Drive backups to identify and remove unnecessary or outdated chat data.
- Adjust Media Auto-Download Settings: Modifying settings for auto-downloading media can help control the content that gets backed up by default.
- Delete Old Chats: Removing older, less important chats can reduce the overall backup size, making room for essential conversations.
- Utilize Disappearing Messages: Enabling the disappearing messages feature in less crucial conversations can automatically delete messages after a set period, reducing the backup size.
By implementing these strategies, users can optimize their limited storage space and minimize the impact of WhatsApp’s change in backup storage policy.