Soumya Prakash Pradhan

Starting December 1 this year, Google, the tech giant, is all set to introduce new policies aimed at enhancing security and optimising storage.

These policies involve the deletion of Google accounts that have remained unused or unaccessed for a minimum of two years, along with associated content like Gmail, Photos, Drive documents, Contacts, and more.

This strategic move is part of Google's broader initiative to bolster security and storage. It excludes school and business accounts to safeguard their data.

Google emphasises its commitment to user communication by promising multiple notifications before initiating the account deletion process.

The affected services include Gmail, Drive, Docs, Meet, Calendar, and Photos.

Notably, accounts containing YouTube or Blogger content are exempted from the deletion protocol.

Users have been strongly recommended to engage in activities to prevent account deletion, as the deletion process will commence on December 1, 2023.

In a related note, WhatsApp users have been encountering errors regarding chat backups.

Typically stored in Google Drive, Google's new update affects WhatsApp backups in Android.

This policy, effective from the beginning of 2024, will calculate the storage capacity of WhatsApp backup files on Google Drive. 

Users with substantial chat storage may need to consider purchasing Google One expanded storage to avoid issues.

Previously, Google Drive only accounted for storage related to Google Photos and Gmail.

However, from the New Year, WhatsApp backup file sizes will also be factored into Google Drive storage calculations.

If you have extensive chat storage, it is advisable to manage and potentially delete unnecessary images, videos, and files to avoid the need for additional subscription storage.