KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 17 — If you’re using WhatsApp on Android, you can back up your conversations and other media files directly to Google Drive. At the moment, it takes up space on the cloud and this can be a problem if your WhatsApp backup is huge and you don’t have much space remaining. All of that is going to change in three months as Google and WhatsApp are getting a better backup solution very soon.
According to WhatsApp, backups will no longer count towards your Google Drive storage quota starting from November 12, 2018. That means you won’t have to worry about available free space and you can switch phones easily (Android to Android) without losing your existing chats. However, do note that backups that are not updated in more than a year will be automatically removed from Google Drive. To avoid any potential loss of data, it is recommended that you perform a manual WhatsApp backup before November 12.
If you haven’t backup your WhatsApp to Drive before, you can do so under Menu > Settings > Chats > Chat backup. Just select the Google Drive account and you’re good to go. You can choose between daily, weekly and monthly backups and by default, it’s done automatically via Wi-Fi at 2am.
Unlike other instant messengers, WhatsApp does not back up your chat history to their servers and you have to use a third party cloud storage provider. On Android, it uses Google Drive and on iOS devices, your WhatsApp history is backed up to iCloud. Unfortunately, this means that you can’t back up or restore your chat history across different platforms such as Android to iOS, and vice versa. — SoyaCincau