WhatsApp will Soon Delete All Users’ Chats, Photos, and Video — Here’s How to Back them Up

Learn how to back up WhatsApp chat, photo, video from Android to Google Drive before they’re gone on November 12, 2018…

WhatsApp just entered into a new agreement with Google. And, it means all users’ data, including chat sessions, pics, and videos will soon disappear for Android backups.

WhatsApp Deleting Every User’s Chats, Pictures, and Video

Basically, this is a change as part of a new update that affects how WhatsApp data backup works. For those unfamiliar, WhatsApp currently backups user data to Google Drive — a popular cloud storage service. It’s limited to 15GB by default. So, users can quickly retrieve their files, if and when needed.

However, that arrangement is changing as Google will no longer count WhatsApp data backups against the Drive limit. (Said data includes messages, video, photos, GIFs, as well as documents.)

Although, there is one caveat. Media and messages will not have end-to-end encryption protection within Google Drive. This change takes effect on November 12, 2018, and only pertains to Android users. Conversely iOS user data continues its regular backup on iCloud.

As a result of the new agreement, Google will automatically delete all WhatsApp backups which have gone un-updated for a year or more. Which means WhatsApp Android users must manually backup their files to avoid losing them.

How to Backup WhatsApp Chat, Photos, and Video from Android to Google Drive

To backup WhatsApp chat, photos, and videos from Android to Google Drive, users must do the following:

  1. Install or update the latest version of Google Drive.
  2. Open WhatsApp on a mobile device.
  3. Tap the overflow menu (the three vertical dots in the upper right).
  4. Tap on “Settings.”
  5. Select “Chats.”
  6. Tap “Chat Backup.”

It’s highly recommended to do this over a strong Wifi connection as files can easily be large and use a lot of data. For more information about the WhatsApp/ Google Drive update, see this FAQ.

Owen E. Richason IV

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