WhatsApp just released a new version for its Android app which has the ability to back up message data to Google Drive.
This is not the first time WhatsApp has included Google Drive backup in its Android app.
After updating the app, users are prompted to configure the Google Drive backup.
Users can choose daily, weekly, or monthly backups – or no backups.
By default, everything except videos are backed up, but you can choose to include videos via the app’s settings menu.
To use WhatsApp’s Google Drive backup feature, you will need a device running Android 2.3.4 or higher, with Google Play Services installed.
In the WhatsApp FAQ about Google Drive backups, the instructions for creating a backup are:
- Open WhatsApp.
- Go to Menu Button > Settings > Chats and calls > Chat backup.
- Tap on Back up to Google Drive and set the backup frequency to your liking.
- 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.
You can also manually back up your chats at any time.