Google currently offers unlimited storage for WhatsApp backup chats. Saving WhatsApp chat backups on Google Drive is one of the easiest and most effective ways for WhatsApp users to switch their phones and retain their old messages and chats. At present, WhatsApp backups do not count against your Google Drive storage quota. But this may change soon.
According to a report by WaBetaInfo, Google may stop offering unlimited storage for WhatsApp backups. Instead, WhatsApp users could be asked to switch to a limited plan – 2000MB per user.
WaBetaInfo has spotted a new section that WhatsApp is working on. The new section will allow users to manage the backup size. Apart from this, users can prevent the specific media to be included in the next backup from going to that backup. The exact reason why WhatsApp is developing this feature is not known. But the report states that WhatsApp backup on Google Drive will be counted as storage quota.
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The process to restore WhatsApp chats from Google Drive is simple and will take a few minutes. In order to restore your chats, you need to use the same phone number and Google account used to create the backup. Keep reading to know more about the steps.
Step 1: Just reinstall the WhatsApp app on your phone, so that you can restore chats via Google Drive. Open the messaging app and verify your mobile number.
Step 2: When prompted, tap on the “Restore” button to restore your chats and media from Google Drive.
Step 3: After the restoration process is complete, just tap on Next. Your chats will then be displayed once initialization is complete.
Note: WhatsApp begins restoring your media files after your chats are restored. If you install WhatsApp without any prior backups from Google Drive, WhatsApp will automatically restore from your local backup file.
In case you don’t remember, WhatsApp backups were part of the Google Drive storage quota initially. But it changed in 2018 when the Facebook-owned platform partnered with Google to offer WhatsApp backups to Google Drive regardless of storage quota.
WhatsApp backups are linked to the phone number and the Google account in which they were created. It should be noted that WhatsApp backups that have not been updated in over a year are automatically removed from Google Drive.
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