The Google Drive backup option on WhatsApp is a really useful feature that allows you to save years of chat history with just a single swipe. This makes it simple to switch to a new smartphone without having to manually copy everything.
Unfortunately, as WABetaInfo points out, WhatsApp will have to place a restriction on these backups soon. The unpleasant information was discovered while searching through the source code of WhatApp’s current beta version, according to the tech site.
The strings of code disclose (“Google Drive backup changing”), followed by warnings about your backup limits. (“Google Drive is nearly filled”) WhatsApp will notify you when your backup limit has been reached (“Google Drive limit reached”).
Although there is no official word on this backup limit, earlier leaks have suggested that it may be capped at 2GB. This is bad news for everyone who has a lot of data on their computer.
Since Google has been reducing cloud storage for other services as well, the report is most likely accurate. Recently, Google Photos imposed a limit on cloud backups, and it looks that WhatsApp users could soon face the same fate. Like Google Photos, Google is likely to charge for larger backups.
As a result, if you want to save years of WhatsApp chat history, be prepared to pay some money on Google One subscriptions.