Google account storage
Google offers 15GB of free storage with every Google Account. This 15GB is shared across Gmail, Google Drive and Google Photos. This change is rolling out starting December 2023 for WhatsApp Beta users and will “slowly roll out to all WhatsApp Android users across the first half of 2024.” There will be a banner in WhatsApp Settings > Chats > Chat backup “30 days before this change happens.”
In the statement, the company noted that the storage it offers free is three times more than what Apple offers in iCloud. The free storage offered with Google accounts is “3X more than most mobile platforms” in a shot at iOS and iCloud. Yet Google also points out that the “WhatsApp backup experience on Android will be in line with how it works on other platforms.”
What if users hit storage limit
If users hit their storage limit, they will be required to free up space to resume backups by removing items they do not need.
Google already offers storage management tools to quickly bulk delete photos and other large files that date back to when it made changes to its Google Photos backup policy. Another suggestion is deleting items from WhatsApp, thus