WhatsApp, a widely used messaging application, is set to discontinue its “unlimited storage” feature for chat backups in the future.
Meta-owned WhatsApp in collaboration with Google no longer plan provide the option for unlimited storage in WhatsApp backups. Users will receive prior notification about the removal of this feature.
The upcoming change, currently available on the WhatsApp Business beta for Android 22.214.171.124 update, is scheduled to be introduced to beta testers shortly, followed by a broader rollout to all users next year, as per reports from WABetaInfo.
After implementation, WhatsApp’s backup feature for Android will align with that of iOS. Users can continue backing up their data without any additional cost, provided they have sufficient storage space within the 15GB limit of their Google account or any other extra storage subscription, such as the Google One plan.
The termination of unlimited capacity for WhatsApp backups on Android will notably impact users who have enjoyed the convenience of automated and unrestricted data backups for an extended period. Users reaching the specified storage limit will need to free up space to ensure the continuous backup of their chats.
This change is expected to have a more pronounced effect on individuals who heavily rely on multimedia messaging, leading to larger backup file sizes.
It is important to acknowledge that the Meta-owned app has implemented various changes to the backup option, including the reduction of backup sizes. These changes aim to mitigate the impact, enabling users to back up more data while adhering to the 15GB limit of their Google account.
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