Is WhatsApp going to charge you a fee for keeping a backup of your old messages?!
Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : WhatsApp To Charge Fee For Backup Of Old Messages!
People are sharing articles with alarming titles that claim or suggest that WhatsApp is going to start charging you a fee for keeping a backup of your old messages!
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Truth : WhatsApp Is Not Charging Fee For Backup Of Old Messages!
Let me share with you why WhatsApp is not charging any fee to backup old messages!
Fact #1 : WhatsApp Backup To Count Against Google Account Storage
First, let me just point out that the whole “drama” about WhatsApp charging a fee for the backup of old messages is based on the announcement that it will stop providing free unlimited backups on Android!
What it really means is that the storage used for your WhatsApp backup will count towards your Google Account’s cloud storage limit.
If you have a personal Google Account, you have 15 GB of free cloud storage space. When this new policy kicks in, you will need to reserve some of that space for your WhatsApp backup.
To be clear – WhatsApp is not going to charge you to backup your old messages!
Fact #2 : Meta, Not Google, Owns WhatsApp
This new WhatsApp policy indirectly “encourages” you to pay for more storage in your Google Account, unless you diligently restrict the amount of storage used by WhatsApp, Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos.
While this may appear as if WhatsApp is “charging you” to store large backups, that is simply not true. For one thing – WhatsApp isn’t actually charging anything. The other issue is WhatsApp is owned by Meta (the parent company of Facebook), not Google.
In other words, WhatsApp does not benefit financially from any user paying Google to add more storage, unless there is some kind of referral or profit sharing agreement between the two companies.
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Fact #3 : Your Old Messages Are Not Affected
It is odd that some people think that they won’t be able to read their old messages once they run out of Google Account storage.
That’s simply not true, as the chat messages are stored in your phone. Only your WhatsApp backup file is being stored in your Google Account.
You can read all of your old messages even if you never backed up your WhatsApp data in the phone, or in your Google Account.
You will only lose your messages if you don’t back them up somewhere, and your phone gets destroyed.
Fact #4 : New Policy Only Affects Free Google Accounts
I should also point out that this new policy of counting the storage used by your WhatsApp backup towards your Google Account storage limit only affects people using free personal Google Accounts.
Google specifically said that this new policy does not affect people using paid Google Workspace subscriptions, even if they were provided by work or school.
In short – Google is only targeting cheapskates (like us) who refuse to subscribe to a paid Workspace account.
Those who are using paid Google Workspace accounts will continue to enjoy free and unlimited storage space for their WhatsApp backup files, that do not count towards their storage limit.
Fact #5 : You Can Avoid The Fee
If you are a cheapskate like us, there are several ways to avoid paying Google for extra storage space for your WhatsApp backup file:
- switch to local backup on your phone (not recommended)
- create a new Google Account specifically for your WhatsApp backup
- do not include videos in your WhatsApp backup
- clear WhatsApp media files once in a while to reduce backup size
- cut storage use of other Google services – stop uploading photos to Google Photos, for example
In short – it is possible to continue backing up your WhatsApp chat history, without paying a cent to Google.
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