This change is rolling out starting next month for WhatsApp Beta users and will slowly roll out to all WhatsApp Android users starting early next year.
FYI, Google gives 15GB of free storage with every Google Account, which is 3X more than most mobile platforms, pointing towards Apple’s free 5GB iCloud storage.
WhatsApp will work normally just like ever before. If you hit your storage limit in the Google account, you’ll need to free up space to resume backups by removing items.
You can also buy more storage with Google One, starting at $1.99 per month for 100GB. The company will also offer limited one-time Google One promotions for some users.
These changes are only applicable for the personal Google Accounts, it won’t impact you if you have a Google Workspace subscription.
Google will continue to work with WhatsApp to provide you with reliable and secure backup support, as added in the blog post.