Google and WhatsApp Inc. has reached an agreement and according to the agreement, From November 12, 2018, Google Drive Will No Longer Count Whatsapp Backups Against User’s Storage Quotas with a condition, users must back up their messages, photos, and/or videos at least once a year otherwise the backups will be automatically removed from Drive storage.
As per the news, Google has sent a mail to Whatsapp users announcing this agreement, The mail body says “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 come into effect for all users on 12 November 2018, although some users may see the quota benefits earlier. To avoid the loss of any backups, we recommend that people manually back up WhatsApp before 12 November 2018.
- 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 30 October 2018”