09 August 2018
UPDATE (July 11th, 2018):
WhatsApp seems to have fixed the cloud backup bug with its latest beta update. This bit of information was tweeted by @WABetaInfo mentioning that the latest beta has made the issue go away. If you encountered the issue on your device, it is advised to install the beta update as soon as possible.
It should be finally fixed. https://t.co/x1YMJhihSI— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) July 9, 2018
Original (July 10th, 2018)
WhatsApp seems to have run into a new issue as many of the app's users are complaining about the "abnormal" huge size of cloud backups. It is reported that the world's leading instant messenger is showing cloud backups running into gigabytes instead of the usual one which is only a few megabytes.
The report is coming from an online publication SmartDroid where the author is claiming to have encountered the bug itself. He said that while he usually sees WhatsApp cloud backups around 50-60 MB, he was shocked to see the same reaching an insane 1GB. But this weird bug does not stop here as once this huge backup was about to be completed, WhatsApp showed network connection problem. During the second attempt, the same backup was shown crossing the 2GB mark which is undoubtedly a strange occurrence.
It further cites an encounter of another who saw his usual 100MBs of cloud backup increasing to 1.7GB and eventually reaching even bigger at 3.2GB. To make this whole situation even worse, WhatsApp is uploading these gigabytes worth of backup even on the cellular connection. It means those who are on a limited data plan and don't have access to a WiFi connection, they are in some serious trouble if they choose to proceed with the backup upload.
Size increased during backup— Gagan Rajput (@1999_gagan) July 9, 2018
What's app version 2.18.207 pic.twitter.com/rbLnpeICxU
WhatsApp is yet to acknowledge the issue which means there might be sometime before a fix is released. This is the reason we would suggest checking your cloud backup size by visiting WhatsApp Settings -> Chats -> Chat Backup.