Due to a new agreement between WhatsApp and Google, WhatsApp backups will no longer count against Google Drive storage quota. However, any WhatsApp backups that have not been updated in more than a year will automatically be removed from storage.
This policy will go into effect for all users on November 12, 2018 though some users may see the quota benefits earlier. To avoid the loss of any backups, we recommend that people manually back up WhatsApp before November 12, 2018.
1. Confirm that your current Android WhatsApp client is backed up
2. If you would like to refresh any existing backups, please manually back up your WhatsApp client before October 30, 2018
The Google Drive team
I know most people are already panicking about whether this WhatsApp Backups news hitting the inbox of WhatsApp users is something good or bad.
Well, it is a good news since you don’t get to lose anything. It only means Google and WhatsApp have agreed to stop using a user’s gmail storage quota for the backups. Which also means now, your Google drive quota will not be used for the backup but either ways, you will still need your gmail account for the WhatsApp backups to work.
There is nothing going to change about the WhatsApp or the Google Drive account. The best thing to do now is to backup your data before 30th October, 2018. If you don’t backup before that time, there is still nothing to worry about because there won’t be any negative effect on your WhatsApp or Google Drive account.
If you have any problem or further questions to ask, you can leave a comment in the comment box below and I will reply with the best of answers from trusted sources.
Don’t panic, just continue using your WhatsApp and hit backup when the need arises.