For owners of Android smartphones, saving backup copies of WhatsApp messages will no longer be unlimited, according to WIRED.

Changes should be expected this year after adjustments are made to the Google Drive storage policy. Google currently offers 15 GB of free storage for all users, and customers who need more space for their data can pay for a Google One subscription.

Previously, Meta and Google had entered into an agreement according to which WhatsApp backups on Android did not count towards the 15 GB limit, but now this agreement is ending.

With this in mind, regular users will receive a notification via WhatsApp or email from Google that the situation will change. This will happen a month before the changes take effect.

The situation is attributed to the growing WhatsApp user base and the spread of messages with a large amount of data, such as high-resolution images.

The cheapest tier of Google One for personal accounts starts at $2 per month or $20 per year for access to 100 GB of storage for five people.

The 200 GB plan for Google One costs $30 per year, and the giant 2 TB plan costs $100 per year. However, it’s worth keeping an eye out for potential offers, as Google may offer trials to new users in connection with the WhatsApp backup change.