WhatsApp and Google have just partnered to offer unlimited storage to WhatsApp users on Google Drive which means that all your WhatsApp backups will not be counted against the 15GB of storage limit offered by Google Drive. Users will have access to unlimited Google Drive storage for their backups from 12 November 2018 onwards.

Check the official FAQ here.

While this is good for us, there is also a drawback as you might end up losing all your WhatsApp data.

In the official FAQ section,  Whatsapp stated that

WhatsApp backups that haven’t been updated in more than one year will be automatically removed from Google Drive storage if you don’t back up your WhatsApp account by 12 November, 2018.


Keeping this in mind, it is recommended to backup all your WhatsApp data including chats, photos, and videos before you lose them. Here’s how you can do that to ensure that your precious chats, photos, and videos remain safe and accessible for future.


Minimum requirements

In order to use Google Drive backup, you need to have:

  • A Google account activated on your phone
  • Google Play services installed on your phone
    • Note: Google Play services are only available for Android 2.3.4 and higher.
  • Enough free space on your phone to create the backup

How to create a Google Drive backup:

  1. Open WhatsApp.
  2. Tap Menu > Settings > Chats > Chat backup.
  3. Tap Back up to Google Drive and select a backup frequency other than Never.
  4. Select a Google account that you’ll back up your chat history to. If you don’t have a Google account, tap Add account when prompted and enter your login credentials. Please remember the Google account you’re using for the backup.
  5. Tap Back up over to choose the network you wish to use for backup. Please note that backing up over a cellular data network might result in additional data charges.

You can also manually back up your chats to Google Drive at any time:

  1. Open WhatsApp.
  2. Tap Menu > Settings > Chats > Chat backup.
  3. Tap BACK UP to begin your Google Drive backup. This process might take a few minutes.


For those who haven’t done any backup earlier, in order to avail this new WhatsApp backup feature, you will have to link your Google account with WhatsApp and while your WhatsApp backups were eating up the 15GB of Google Drive storage earlier, from 12 November 2018 onwards, you will be able to enjoy unlimited WhatsApp storage through Google Drive.


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