WhatsApp for Android Gets Google Drive Backup Feature
Ever been at that stage when you have to switch your phone but are afraid of losing all your WhatsApp conversations? Well fear no more because Google and WhatsApp are now partnering up to integrate Google Drive with the Android version of extremely popular instant messenger so that users can store their chat history for later reading.
Users will be able to upload text and voice messages, videos and photos received on WhatsApp directly to Google Driver from within the messenger app. After creating a backup, retrieving all the content will also be extremely easy and simple.
This is the first time that WhatsApp benefits from a backup service that allows users to upload their chat history into the cloud. The standard service of the application only provided users with local backup, thus its usefulness was rather limited.
“Whether it’s recounting a story, watching a video, or enjoying photos with family and friends, our memories help us reconnect with what’s really important. And every month, nearly a billion people use WhatsApp to do just that,” says Google in a blog post.
The feature however isn’t available to all the WhatsApp users right now and will be rolled out in waves to everyone globally throughout the next few months according to Google. The first batch of lucky users should be able to upload their data to Google Drive starting this week.
WhatsApp Messenger is available for free on Google Play Store for all Android users running OS 2.3 and above.