Truth is, some don’t see backing up their WhatsApp content as a necessity, but for others it is, especially if you are involved in a group chat or you share some precious memories with loved ones on the app. Though previous versions of WhatsApp have a backup feature which saves your messages to your SD card, (Menu >Settings >Chat Settings >Backup Conversations), but using local storage would heap your device internal and external memory especially with media contents, that’s why a cloud storage option seems best.
WhatsApp today has announced partnership with Google to provide an option where, users will be able to back up their entire WhatsApp history to Google Drive using their Android devices, with this update you will be able to backup your chat histories, voice messages, photos and videos, and even if you buy another smartphone restoring the backed-up data wouldn’t be a problem as you set up WhatsApp.
…you don’t want your memories stuck on your phone. (What if something happens?!) So starting today, 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
As of now WhatsApp has more than 900 million users, a greater number of them use Android devices, this update for now would favor those using Android devices. The update would be rolled out gradually, you will have to check your WhatsApp settings regularly to know if the option has been rolled out to you. The Drive offers 15GB free storage but if you want more, you can buy 100GB for $1.99 per month to about 30TB for about $299 per month
For details on How to download the lates version of WhatsApp and how to back up on Google Drive, click Here.