WhatsApp is reportedly engaged on a brand new function that can let customers handle cloud storage from the platform extra effectively. At present, when chat backup is chosen, the app begins importing all media recordsdata to Google Drive or iCloud, relying on the smartphone OS. The brand new function, noticed by notable WhatsApp replace tracker WABetaInfo, will let customers exclude particular content material similar to paperwork and images from their cloud backup throughout the add course of. Nonetheless, importing to cloud storage additionally comes with a value as iCloud requires a subscription and Google Drive solely affords 15GB of free storage. Some stories are claiming that this may even mark the tip of free on-device storage of WhatsApp, however there’s no readability on this but.
The WABetaInfo report calls the function ‘Handle backup measurement’ that lets customers handle the scale of recordsdata earlier than importing begins. As per a screenshot, customers will have the ability to de-select sections like audio, movies, paperwork, and images that they don’t wish to retailer on the cloud. WABetaInfo claims that there’s a “good probability that WhatsApp backups on Google Drive will partially be counted.” Till now, WhatsApp backups are usually not counted in opposition to customers Google Drive storage quota due to an settlement between Google and Fb, the report provides. Readers should not that WhatsApp ending free storage may merely be a hearsay, and extra readability is awaited.
Lately, the Fb-owned messaging app began rolling out end-to-end encrypted chat backups for some beta testers. The function was introduced by Fb earlier this 12 months and can give customers an possibility to decide on between a 64-bit encryption key and a cloud-based key with a password. The info can be saved in both Google Drive or iCloud, however every thing can be encrypted earlier than importing. The identical publication had noticed the function on WhatsApp beta for Android model 22.214.171.124. It’ll proceed to roll out over a number of subsequent app updates, in accordance with the report.