WhatsApp finally adds Google Drive backup option for all

WhatsApp finally adds Google Drive backup option for all
Some users have been noting for a while that they were seeing an option to backup WhatsApp data to Google Drive, but the feature was obviously in testing and continuously disappeared and reappeared. Now though, the feature has finally been announced as official and will be rolling out to users soon.

Surprisingly, the announcement was made on the official Google Drive blog. This is surprising mostly because WhatsApp is owned by Facebook, and Facebook and Google don't tend to partner on... well, anything really. According to the blog post, no one likes to have their memories stuck on a phone, so WhatsApp is adding the option to backup and restore your chat history, voice messages, photos, and videos. 

Google says the feature will be hitting the Android version of the WhatsApp app today, but unfortunately, the post also notes that the feature will be "rolling out over the next few months", which is not a great phrase to see. Any software feature rollout that takes more than a couple weeks is troubling as far as we're concerned. 

The post doesn't specifically mention the iOS version of WhatsApp, but the feature will be using the Google Drive API for functionality, and there is a Drive API for iOS as well. WhatsApp tends to like to have feature parity all around, so we would expect the backup option to hit iOS. In the meantime, just check your settings menu every once in a while to see if you've got the update. 


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8 Comments

1. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

about fcking time

2. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

Finally. I'm about to switch my phone anyways. So this means Google basically got access to free data of billions of people into their storage service.

3. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Gotta backup man DMs

4. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Excellent. WhatsApp was getting a little heavy, and with Spotify eating up so much memory (and not allowing us to clear the cache, f u too Spotify), storage was becoming a problem.

5. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

About goddamn time!

6. pradhanmn

Posts: 71; Member since: Feb 06, 2015

Whatsapp devs are the laziest. They have stil not added touch id support and quick reply :(

7. rishav20193

Posts: 242; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

i m glad they added this feature......actually this idea crossed my mind & i just mailed this whole idea to the whatsapp support team but didn't expect them to add this feature. its specially useful if we need to factory reset the phone.

8. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Nice to see them finally implement this, solved this myself using Foldersync. But rather see it used in the app itself

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