Tech 09 Aug
Every Gmail user gets 15GB of cloud space for free on Google Drive that can be used to store important information and data that can be accessed on the go. Your WhatsApp chat backups also get stored in the same free cloud space from Google. However, since WhatsApp chats contain a lot of media files, the backup eats a considerable space from your Google Drive.
However, both Google and Facebook led WhatsApp have partnered and have offered free storage for WhatsApp chat backups on Google drive. This partnership will come into effect starting 12th November and will give you a freedom from the headache of deleting data manually before creating a Chat backup.
WhatsApp recommends that users should manually backup their account before the 12th November to make sure that no data gets lost when the new partnership comes into effect.
To avail this facility, all you need to do is to start creating a backup of your WhatsApp chats to your Google Drive associated to your Gmail account. This should ideally be your primary Google account that you use on their Android smartphones.
- Open WhatsApp.
- Tap Menu> Settings > Chats > Chat backup.
- Tap Back up to Google Drive and select a backup frequency other than Never.
- Select a Google account that you'll back up your chat history to. If you don't have a Google account, tap Add account when prompted and enter your login credentials. Please remember the Google account you're using for the backup.
- Tap Back up over to choose the network you wish to use for backup. Please note that backing up over a cellular data network might result in additional data charges.
- Open WhatsApp.
- Tap Menu > Settings > Chats > Chat backup.
- Tap BACK UP to begin your Google Drive backup. This process might take a few minutes.
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Interestingly, Google is letting Android users access this free space for backups. The iOS version of WhatsApp uses iCloud for a backup rather than Google drive.
It is also worth noticing that once the messages and media files leave the WhatsApp platform they are no more end to end encrypted. Hence you need to be a bit more careful regarding your Google accounts password and security.