If you use WhatsApp for PC or your mobile device, your account likely contains hundreds, if not thousands of precious messages. Have you thought about what would happen to those messages if you were to lose your device or switch to another phone? Thankfully, WhatsApp are now rolling out functionality to back-up your WhatsApp for PC messages to Google Drive and it’s a fairly easy process.
The new beta functionality in WhatsApp allows users to create a folder within their Google Drive account and store as many WhatsApp conversations as they can in there. If you ever lose, wipe or replace your device, you can then download these conversations and pick up where you left off.
If you’re worried about losing your precious WhatsApp conversations, you can back up that information by navigating into settings and enabling the Chat Backup option in the Chats and Call section. When enabled, you’ll need to sign into your Google account and give permission for WhatsApp to use and access your Google Drive. You will of course need a Google Drive account for this functionality to work and enough space in your Google Drive to adequately store your conversations.
Users are given the option to back up their content daily, weekly or monthly and a schedule can be set-up to do that automatically. It’s worth noting that if you have a lot of conversations, the files could be large in size and it’s recommended that you connect to Wi-Fi before backing up, or you could fall victim to costly data charges. The process may also be quite intensive on your battery, so it’s worth having your device plugged in too.
The feature is currently being slowly rolled out by WhatsApp and is expected to be available to more and more users in the coming weeks. At present, the functionality does appear to be available in anything from the 2.12.231 version of WhatsApp.
New back-up functionality is going to be huge in WhatsApp’s bid to dominate the mobile messaging space, as WhatsApp for PC continues to grow. WhatsApp is fast becoming one of the most feature intensive messaging platforms and we can certainly see why.