WhatsApp has now added a new option that allows users to backup their data on Google Drive.
It means users will be able to save WhatsApp chat history, videos, images and voice messages on Google Drive.
The feature, which Google says is rolling out to WhatsApp users from today but will take a “few months” to reach everyone, backs up chats, voice clips, photos and videos to a folder in your Drive automatically.
While you’ve been able to backup your messages to your local storage for some time now, an official cloud storage option has been sorely absent. Until now.
Android users can now officially setup their WhatsApp thier, app, to automatically back everything up to Google Drive.
It’s a long shot on day one of the staggered update, but WhatsApp might have already updated on your device, with the new backup feature included. To see if that’s the case, hit up ‘Settings’, ‘Chats and calls’, and see if there’s a ‘Chat backup’ option listed.
If you can only see a ‘Backup’ option, then you’re going to need to manually update the app.
We recommend uninstalling your current version, as that’s the only way we managed to get the newer .version to install.
Simply locate the .apk file in your downloads folder (it’s imaginatively called WhatsApp.apk), install it, and you’re ready for the next step.
Bear in mind that after we manually installed WhatsApp, the Play Store informed us that an app update was available. If you install the update from the Play Store, you’ll lose the new backup functionality. Just ignore that update prompt for the time being, until the Play Store app catches up with your 1337 sk1lls.
Once you’ve re-confirmed your WhatsApp phone number, you’re ready for the most thrilling step yet.
WhatsApp should automatically present you with a screen which lets you select how often you want to backup your messages, and which Google account you want to use. A few taps later, and that’s it, you’re sorted.
To manually go back and change the frequency or account used, go to ‘Settings’, ‘Chats and calls’, and this time, you should see a ‘Chat backup’ option, which will let you make your changes.
You can also backup manually from this screen (there’s a big green button, you can’t miss it), and the next time you install WhatsApp from fresh on any device, you can simply select the Google Drive backup option at the setup screen, to have all your up-to-date messages injected into your device, straight from the cloud.
There don’t seem to be any file-size limits to the backup, and since WhatsApp encyrpts every piece of content that it sends and receives, you can rest assured that Google won’t be able to read anything, and, you know, serve you ads.
The feature is rolling out over the next few months, so if you don’t have it already, hang in there and try not to lose your phone or something till you’re done backing up your WhatsApp.