O WhatsApp is testing a new feature in your beta version 2.55.7 for Android which should be released soon to all users, and will especially benefit people with little storage space: the possibility of manage backup size.
With the new feature, the user will be able to include or exclude specific files in their next backup, such as photos, videos, audios, documents and other media categories. User settings and chat history will not have the option to be left out of the backup.
The app itself will calculate the amount of space each media category will take up in the backup, and the user decides what to save to the cloud.
End of free storage on Google Drive?
While the novelty sounds great, there may be another reason why the WhatsApp is developing this feature. Currently, WhatsApp backups do not have their Google Drive storage quota, following an agreement between WhatsApp and Google.
According to the observation made by the website WABetaInfo, responsible for the news, the partnership between the WhatsApp and Google Drive may be at stake. This is because messenger app backups are not in Google Drive’s storage quota.
That is, Google may stop offering unlimited storage for WhatsApp backups, and offer a limited plane 2GB per user. This new plan hasn’t been announced yet, and that could change in the coming weeks, but that’s the idea around the new way to store WhatsApp backups in Google Drive.
Despite being a rumor, the hypothesis is real, as it would justify the change of WhatsApp developers. Remembering that recently the Google Photos stopped offering unlimited storage, something that also impacted image backup.
The feature that will allow you to choose what will be saved in the WhatsApp backup is still under development and is not scheduled for release.