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Google Drive will no longer do free WhatsApp backups

Google Drive will no longer do free WhatsApp backups

WhatsApp messaging app users generally keep the Google Drive backup option enabled.

This is a very important function, because it allows you to have a complete backup of chats and other information exchanged in the cloud.

Everything is fine so far, since WhatsApp users using Android do not have to worry about anything in this regard. However, Google has made a big announcement announcing that WhatsApp backups will no longer be free.

For the remainder of the year and beyond, the first to see the change will be users who have a trial version of the app.

In the meantime, the rest will notice this during the first half of 2024. But amid this panorama, WhatsApp indicated that it will notify its users of this situation 30 days before. That is, this will be done through a banner that will be located in the section that says “Backup”.

The fact is that before this measure, Android users could make backups using the available space on Google’s servers. And that’s without taking up space from the 15 GB available for free to all Google users.

Now, those who want to make larger backups will have to pay for more Google Drive storage space.

What about iOS users?

Since Apple has long offered 5GB of free iCloud storage, this situation won’t happen to iOS users.

Likewise, to activate WhatsApp backup on Android, these users will have to check if they have the option enabled on the phone.

If it is not enabled, the first thing you need to do is go to More Options, then “Settings”, and from there to “Chats”.

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Then they should go in where it says “Backup” and enable the option that says “Save to Google Drive.” Finally here, you can choose the security system you want.