WhatsApp beta for Android 2.21.21.7: what’s new?

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WhatsApp has just submitted a new update through the Google Play Beta Program, bringing the version up to 2.21.21.7.
What’s new in this update? Discover the details below!

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Common questions Answers
Name of the feature? Manage Backup Size
Status? Under development
Availability? This feature is planned for a future update.
I’ve the same version but I don’t see this feature, why? This is a feature under development, so it’s not available for beta testers, but you can discover a preview in this article.
Previous news? Backups may get stuck at 100% on WhatsApp for Android
MANAGE BACKUP SIZE

After enabling end-to-end encrypted backups in the 2.21.21.5 beta update, WhatsApp is releasing the possibility to encrypt the backup for more beta testers today, after installing the 2.21.21.7 beta build.
But wait, that’s not all. WhatsApp is also working on a new section where the user can manage the backup size:

Thanks to this section, the user can exclude specific media to be included in the next backup. The feature is under development and it will be available in a future update. Unfortunately, the release date is unknown but we’re carefully following the development of the feature and we will keep you updated as usual.

But there may be a different background for the reason why WhatsApp is developing this feature. As many of you know, WhatsApp backups do not count against your Google Drive storage quota, after an agreement between WhatsApp and Google.
Unfortunately, there is a good chance that WhatsApp backups on Google Drive will partially count again and WhatsApp is planning to offer some options to manage the backup size.
What does it mean? Google might stop offering unlimited storage for WhatsApp backups, but they will switch to a limited plan (2000 MB per user). This new plan has not been announced yet and everything may change in the next weeks, but this is the idea around the new way to store WhatsApp backups on Google Drive. Note that we prefer to mark this news as a rumor seen that nothing has been publicly announced, but this is what we have learned after studying the feature and this is not to discard: Google Photos stopped offering unlimited storage some months ago.
We will keep you updated when there is news!

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