How to Backup WhatsApp Messages, Photos And Videos on Google Drive

On a post Earlier on we discussed about WhatsApp’s partnership with Google Drive, as a result of which gave users the option of been able to backup their Messages, Photos And Videos, here are a few steps on getting it done. Ensure the the latest WhatsApp version is installed on your phone, you probably might not see it on Google Play but you can download Here while writing this post the latest was version 2. 12.306 (To check your WhatsApp version go to Settings > Help > About).

First thing to consider is if your smartphone meets up with the Minimum requirements:

  • Activated Google account on your phone.
  • Google Play services installed in your phone.
  • Free Google Drive space for your WhatsApp chats and media
  • Free space on your phone where backup can be created.

To create a Google Drive backup follow these steps: Open WhatsApp.

  • From your WhatsApp go to Menu Button > Settings > Chats and calls > Chat backup.
  • Open Back up to Google Drive and set up the backup category, Never, Daily etc.
  • You will be prompted to select a Google account that you will back up your chat history to. If you do not have a Google account, tap Add account when prompted.
  • Tap on Back up over to choose the network you wish to use for backup, either Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi or cellular (backing up over cellular may result in additional data charges)

You can also manually back up your chats to Google Drive at any time:

  • Open WhatsApp.
  • Go to Menu from your WhatsApp > Settings > Chats and calls > Chat backup.
  • Tap Back up to Google Drive and select a backup category.
  • Then Tap Back Up.

Actually, this was a post on how to create the backup, but what if you needed to do more? like restore your files or delete your WhatsApp data from the Google Drive?

To Restore your files from Google Drive:

  • Ensure the same Google account that was used to perform the backup is added to your phone.
  • Reinstall WhatsApp.
  • After you verify your number, you will be prompted to restore your data (Messages & Media) from Google Drive, follow the process and tap next where required.

To Delete your WhatsApp data from your Google Drive:

  • Go to Google Drive and Sign in. If you are using your phone, tap the Menu Button in the top left corner and then choose to use Desktop Version.
  • Click on the Gear icon in the top right > Settings > Manage Apps.
  • Find WhatsApp in the list provided, the wait until “Hidden app data” size comes up click Options > Delete hidden app data.

WhatsApp Messenger was founded in 2009 by Brian Acton and Jan Koum, both former employees of Yahoo!. It is a proprietary cross-platform instant messaging client for smartphones. It uses the Internet to send text messages, images, video, user location and audio media messages to other users using standard cellular mobile numbers. The name “WhatsApp” was used because it sounded like “what’s up. As of February 2016, WhatsApp had a user base of up to one billion, making it the most globally popular messaging application.

WhatsApp Inc. is based in Mountain View, California and has been acquired by Facebook Inc. on February 19, 2014, for approximately US$19.3 billion.

Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service created by Google. It allows users to store files in the cloud, share files, and edit documents, spreadsheets, and presentations with collaborators. Launched on April 24, 2012, Google Drive encompasses Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, an office suite that permits collaborative editing of documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, forms, and more.

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