Thursday 8 October 2015

WhatsApp for Android Officially Gets Google Drive Backup Option

WhatsApp for Android will soon receive backup and restore options for chat history and media via Google Drive. Google has officially announced that it is releasing a new feature that will make it easy for WhatsApp users to back up their data.

The post says, "WhatsApp for Android lets you create a private backup of your chat history, voice messages, photos, and videos in Google Drive. And once you do, you can restore everything on a new device with just a couple taps".

The backup option can be found under “WhatsApp Settings > Chats and calls > Chat backup.” The app allows you to ‘Back up chats’ over Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi and cellular networks. Users could change the frequency of backup messages and media from daily, weekly, or monthly. It also gave app users the option to turn off auto-backup. Next users could choose to backup using Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi and cellular data. The option for backup was however nowhere to be found in WhatsApp settings and could only be seen in Drive's Settings > Manage Apps where the list shows WhatsApp.

Announcing the news, Scott Johnston, Director of Product Management said, "The new backup feature is rolling out over the next few months, so keep an eye on your WhatsApp settings to see if it's available."

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