Well it turns out Google and WhatsApp have been chatting behind the scenes and have reached an agreement.
From November 12, any data the app backs up – including chat logs, photos, audio files or videos – won’t count against your personal 15GB cloud storage.
Instead, you’ll get unlimited storage for WhatsApp-related data.
‘Due to a new agreement between WhatsApp and Google, WhatsApp backups will no longer count against Google Drive storage quota,’ the company said in an email attributed to a team member at digit.in.
‘However, any WhatsApp backups that have not been updated in more than a year will automatically be removed from storage.’
According to the site, Google recommends manually backing up WhatsApp before the November 12 date.
To do so, make sure you have Drive installed on your phone and go to the settings menu inside WhatsApp. Click on ‘Chats’ and tap the ‘Chat backup’ option.
WhatsApp currently has over 1.5 billion monthly active users, making it the world’s most popular chat app. It recently introduced the ability to do group video calling.
But if you never even realised that WhatsApp backs up to Google Drive, then go back to living your life safe in the knowledge that you won’t run out of space in the future.