Google and WhatsApp both announced That, starting in December for WhatsApp beta users, chat history, including images and videos, will again consume Google Drive storage, whether you have the company’s free 15GB plan or pay for storage.
WhatsApp said the change will come to all of its Android users in the first half of 2024 and will notify users 30 days in advance. The notification will be in the form of a banner in Settings > Chat > Chat Backup.
Users who do not want to use their Google account for backups will have the option to use the WhatsApp chat transfer when they switch to a new Android device, it works wirelessly as long as both phones have Wi-Fi enabled. (No network connection is necessary; it is a direct transfer.)
Google hinted that nothing about WhatsApp backups will change other than the possibility of storage limits affecting whether you can continue saving your data in the cloud. If you delete things in WhatsApp, it will delete them in your cloud backup, which can help you save space on Drive. And, naturally, it tells users about their Google One subscriptions if they want to upgrade to more storage. Google says it will offer “one-time, limited Google One promotions to eligible users.”
Notably, this is no different from how WhatsApp works on iOS, except for the fact that Apple still only offers 5GB of cloud storage for non-paying users.