Starting November 12, your WhatsApp backup on your Google Drive account (Gmail account) won’t count against your storage quota. It simply means free storage for your WhatsApp backup.
WhatsApp and Google have reached a new agreement in which WhatsApp backup data will not be a part of your Google Drive storage quota. It does not mean that the backup won’t be stored on Google Drive, it will just be stored separately within your Google Drive without taking away your free or purchased storage.
Google has started sending an email announcing this agreement to Google Drive users, first reported by XDA-Developers. The company has also noted to manually take your WhatsApp backup before October 30. Additionally, If users haven’t updated their WhatsApp backup on Google in more than a year then it will be automatically removed from storage.
The email circulated by Google Drive teams notes that this new agreement with WhatsApp is currently not in effect. It “will come into effect for all users on 12 November 2018, although some users may see the quota benefits earlier.”
So if you have an X amount of WhatsApp data (messages, photos, and videos) backed up to your Gmail ID then it is currently taking your virtual Google Drive space.
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