Since 2018, users of Android have been able to enjoy the convenience of being able to store their WhatsApp backup in the Google account without taking up space and regardless of its size. The agreement reached between both companies has come to an end and WhatsApp has already announced that backups will begin to count in the space available on Google in the first months of this 2024. At the moment, this update has reached beta users.
When the new policy is effective for everyone, many will find that their multi-gig backup It has no place in the 15 GB offered by free Google accounts. Then they will have to choose between doing a difficult job cleaning of files in Gmail, Drive and Photos to make room, set up your WhatsApp backup so that it deletes content and takes up less space, to subscribe to one of the Google One plans to gain more space or give up to her.
If you choose the first option, we explain some ways to do it here, here and here. If you do it the second time, you can learn all the ways to reduce the size of your WhatsApp backup in this other article. But if you don’t want to check what you have on Google or remove files from your WhatsApp chats, the app allows you to another way to partially circumvent the new limitation.
The simplest option of all is to save the backup on a secondary Google account dedicated solely to this purpose. This way you will be able to take advantage of all the free storage space that Google offers and it will be enough for most users. Those whose backup copy exceeds 15 GB will have no choice but to purchase more storage space if they want to keep it.
To use an alternative Google account with WhatsApp, you must follow these steps:
- Access Google with your browser in incognito mode and click on To access and then in Create Account. Enter the information that Google asks for to create it.
- Opens WhatsApptap on the three vertical dots menu and select Settings.
- Click on Chats and then in Backup.
- In Google account The one you are currently using will appear. Click on it and in the window that opens select Add Account.
- WhatsApp will ask you Confirm your identity via fingerprint or phone PIN. Next, you have to enter the address of your new Google account and its password and then give permission to WhatsApp to access it.
- Click on Keep so that the backup is uploaded to your new Google account.