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Backup your WhatsApps to Google Drive

Store your instant messaging chats on Google Drive to keep your data safe



WhatsApp Messenger is the most downloaded messaging app on the Google Play store with over one billion downloads, so it’s a little surprising that it’s taken until now for the app to offer a backup service for its users’ messages. If your phone recognises you already have WhatsApp Messenger, it will ask you if you want to download the new version. Tap Install to get the update. It won’t ask for any new permissions unless you’ve altered the settings to deny the app access to certain areas.


The only permission it asks for is on the above screen. When the app is looking for backups, it will ask if it can search your Google Drive account for any previous data saves. It won’t find anything if this is your first time, but it will if you’re reinstalling after backing up.


If you have more than one Google account attached to your phone, it will ask which one has the attached Google Drive account from where you want to restore your former messages. Tap on the circle next to your chosen email account to colour it blue, then hit OK to begin the search.


After setting up the sync, head into your back-up settings. At the bottom of the screen will be the option to include videos in the backup. When this isn’t ticked, WhatsApp videos will not be shared with Google Drive because of limited storage availability. Tick it to alter this default setting.