WhatsApp on Android: How to avoid paying for Google Drive to save your history? – 01net

Google will now count your WhatsApp history in the storage space allocated to you on OneDrive. If you don’t have enough storage space on your main account, you can always use a secondary account dedicated exclusively to your WhatsApp conversations.

The bad news has just dropped. In the next few weeks, Google will stop storing your WhatsApp history for “free”. Please note that Mountain View company now counts the storage space occupied by your WhatsApp backup on Google Drive. A change that may cause problems for many users.

The free storage space on Google Drive is not just for storing your documents. This is also shared with Google Photos and Gmail. Suffice it to say, the 15GB of storage on offer runs the risk of being used up very quickly, counting your WhatsApp history. Taking into account the photos, videos and other documents sent and received in your conversations, it is not uncommon for a WhatsApp backup to weigh several gigabytes.

If you don’t want to dig into your wallet to expand your Google storage by subscribing to a Google One offer, you have no choice but to clean up your Drive from the start. But this balancing act risks quickly forcing you to delete more and more data from Gmail, Google Photos, and Google Drive. Unless you use a secondary Google account dedicated solely to WhatsApp backup. It is actually possible to configure a different Google account than the one you mainly use to sync your WhatsApp history. Find out how to do it.

Also Read: How Could WhatsApp Force You to Pay for Google Drive?

1. Go to WhatsApp Settings

Open WhatsApp on your Android smartphone and tap the buttonOptions is displayed at the top right of the screen. Then go to Settings of the application.

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2. Change backup options

Now go to the menu Discussions and access the menu Backup Discussions displayed at the bottom of the screen. Then press Google accountand then select in the popup that appears Your secondary Google account (if it is already configured on your Android smartphone), or select Add an account.

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Once your brand new secondary account is selected, click the button For protection. If you haven’t already, be sure to configure how often you want to save your history. To do this, go to the section Back up to Google Driveand then select the frequency of your backups.

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Remember that every time you configure WhatsApp on a new Android smartphone, you must be careful to select the Google account to use to save your history. Otherwise, you won’t be able to find your conversations and the data they contain.