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WhatsApp spotted testing option to manage chat backup size, community feature for group conversations



According to a report, WhatsApp is seen working on a new section to allow users to manage their chat backup size and exclude specific content such as documents and photos from their cloud backup. The change may initially be limited to Android devices and work with backups being stored on Google Drive. WhatsApp has also been seen separately working on a feature called Communities that can help provide a better group conversation experience. Both the new backup size management and community feature are yet to be offered for beta testing.

In a report, WhatsApp beta tracker WABetaInfo has said that the instant messaging app is working on a dedicated ‘Manage Backup Size’ section, so that users can manage their backup size before uploading them to the cloud.

There are some references about the update in WhatsApp for Android Beta A screenshot has also been shared by WABetaInfo suggesting how the new section will allow users to manage their backup size by excluding photos, audios or documents from their backups. However, beta testers are yet to see the change on their end as the change is said to be under development at the moment.

WhatsApp for Android is seen bringing a section for managing backup size
photo credit: WABetaInfo

Currently, WhatsApp does not provide any backup size related details to the users from its app. However, users have the option to exclude videos from their cloud backup.

Although WhatsApp hasn’t yet provided any official details on how to allow users to manage their backup size, the change is believed to have been made to help limit backup packages before uploading to the cloud. Is. This could be due to an upcoming change in the Google Drive storage for WhatsApp backup.

Google Drive currently offers unlimited storage for WhatsApp backup, although it stopped offering unlimited space for photos earlier this year. A similar step can be taken for WhatsApp backup in future as well.

WhatsApp is also implementing end-to-end encryption on cloud backup. Last week, it began beta testing the security-focused update on both Android and iOS devices.

With the new backup section, WhatsApp is seen working on a community feature. XDA Developers found some new code strings regarding the feature in WhatsApp for Android beta version Strings suggests that the Community feature works similarly to the existing Groups offering on the app.

One of the strings found in the beta app is that communities and groups can coexist on the messaging app.

WABetaInfo They say The Community feature will provide a way for users to organize their WhatsApp groups better. However, it may not have the feature standalone Spaces for group conversations – unlike groups on WhatsApp and other community-driven features available on Facebook and Twitter.


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