Google offers 15GB of free cloud storage to all accounts, shared across Drive, Gmail, and Photos. On Android devices, WhatsApp offers an automated backup service that regularly creates a backup of your chat history on Google Drive.
In its recent announcement, Google said that WhatsApp chat backup will start counting toward your Google Account cloud storage limit. Beta users will shift to this change next month, with expansion scheduled until early 2024.
As long as you have available space within your Google Account, WhatsApp backups will continue to work. However, you’ll need to free up space to restart automatic backup in case you hit the storage limit (15GB).
Google’s announcement notes that WhatsApp backup experience on Android will be in line with how it works on other platforms, with the added benefit of Google’s 15 GB of storage available at no charge.
WhatsApp Android App Updates – v188.8.131.52 Beta
WhatsApp is one of the most used messaging services, owned by Facebook. It allows you to send/receive text, photos, videos, documents, location, and voice/video calls. Also, you can share some of your most personal moments because of its end-to-end encryption security with the help of WhatsApp.
To maintain the popularity of WhatsApp, the company continuously works to add new features and improve the presently available features. Also, as a beta tester, you’ll receive an update that includes a testing version of WhatsApp Messenger on the Beta channel.
WhatsApp for Android 184.108.40.206 – STABLE
WhatsApp for Android 220.127.116.11 – BETA
- Get the latest WhatsApp Beta via the Link
Take a look at the features of WhatsApp
TEXTS – Simple, Reliable Messaging
WhatsApp uses your phone’s Internet connection to send messages so you can avoid SMS fees.
GROUP CHAT – Groups to keep in touch
With group chats, you can share messages, photos, and videos with up to 256 people at once. You can also name your group, mute or customize notifications, and more.
WHATSAPP VOICE AND VIDEO CALLS – Speak Freely
With voice calls, you can talk to your friends and family for free, even if they’re in another country. And with free video calls, you can have face-to-face conversations when voice or text just isn’t enough.
WHATSAPP ON WEB AND DESKTOP – Keep the Conversation Going
With WhatsApp on the web and desktop, you can seamlessly sync all of your chats to your computer so that you can chat on whatever device is most convenient for you.
PHOTOS AND VIDEOS – Share Moments that Matter
Send photos and videos on WhatsApp instantly. You can even capture the moments that matter to you most with a built-in camera. With WhatsApp, photos and videos send quickly even if you’re on a slow connection.
END-TO-END ENCRYPTION – Security by Default
When end-to-end encrypted, your messages and calls are secured so only you and the person you’re communicating with can read or listen to them, and nobody in between, not even WhatsApp.
DOCUMENTS – Document Sharing Made Easy
Send PDFs, documents, spreadsheets, slideshows, and more, without the hassle of email or file-sharing apps. You can send documents up to 100 MB, so it’s easy to get what you need over to who you want.
VOICE MESSAGES – Say What’s On Your Mind
Sometimes, your voice says it all. With just one tap you can record a Voice Message, perfect for a quick hello or a longer story.
WhatsApp launches View Once voice messages feature, joining photos and videos
Back in August 2021, WhatsApp introduced the “View Once” feature for photos and videos. Now, WhatsApp launched the View Once feature for voice messages, allowing users to send self-destructing voice messages.
WhatsApp’s new View Once voice messages feature works like it does for photos and videos. Audio message you send to the recipient can neither be heard by the recipient again after it’s opened nor be saved on their phone.
The sender also can’t listen to it after it’s sent. The View Once audio message will also display a label reading “Opened” after the message is opened, provided the receiver has turned on read receipts.
How to send View Once voice messages on WhatsApp?
- Open an individual or group chat.
- Tap the microphone.
- Swipe up to lock the recording.
- Tap and hold record.
- Tap view once icon (when it turns green, you’re in view once mode).
- Tap send button.
WhatsApp slaps in-app banner to inform limited backup storage
Earlier, it was reported that WhatsApp is limiting the backup storage quota for all users. The company is about to roll out this change, which will make use of Google Drive’s 15GB of free storage space to create a WhatsApp chat history backup.
With the latest Beta update, WhatsApp rolled out a new in-app banner that informs users about the limited backup storage. WhatsApp Beta 18.104.22.168 slaps a new in-app banner on some accounts which may be visible within the backup screen.
The banner notifies users that WhatsApp chat backup will start using their Google storage in the upcoming months. The in-app banner serves as a proactive measure to ensure that WhatsApp users are well-informed and prepared for the impending adjustments to the storage policy.