Facebook-owned social messaging platform WhatsApp again ropes in a new update, and this is entirely for enhancing the user experiences. However, with this latest update, the app would completely change itself. WhatsApp has been always known for storing the old data including messages, videos, and photos, safe for a prolonged period of time. However, with its latest post, the messaging app added that it had now arrived with its latest way of storing the data. Now, instead of backing up data on the device, it would be now stored on Google Drive.
This further added that the back-up won’t make use of the Google Drive storage space. All these backed-up messages, photos, and videos of the country would remain on Google Drive, however, won’t count towards the storage limit of the user.
Thus, it would not only save storage space on phones but also on Google Drive. Regarding this, the official statement from WhatsApp read that “Starting November 12, 2018, WhatsApp backups will no longer count towards the Google Drive storage quota”.
However, the negativity of this update includes, that the platform would also start deleting some of the old content. This further states that, any data that has not been backed up for over a year would start disappearing from Google Drive. The statement thus added that “Furthermore, WhatsApp backups that haven’t been updated in more than one year will be automatically removed from Google Drive storage”.
Why do we need to save the data actually?
The worst scenario occurs when certain texts or photos get suspiciously wiped from the social media archive of the device and we need them desperately at that point. For avoiding this, users need to back up the WhatsApp data manually before November 12, 2018.
The chats and media can be backed up on Google Drive. WhatsApp has advised the users to connect their phones to Wi-Fi prior to backing up their chats via Google Drive, as backup files can vary in size and consume mobile data, causing additional charges.
Meanwhile, Google too has mailed to users, with the contents of the mail like, “Due to a new agreement between WhatsApp and Google, WhatsApp backups will no longer count against Google Drive storage quota. However, any WhatsApp backups that have not been updated in more than a year will automatically be removed from storage”.
The procedure to manually back up the data:
- Users first need to ensure that they have Google Drive setup on their phones.
- Then users need to Go to WhatsApp, then visit Menu (3 dots on right top) > Settings > Chats > Chat Backup. Select Back Up and users would automatically see everything getting backed up to Google Drive.
However before this entire procedure begins, it needs to be ensured that users are connected to Wi-Fi, as WhatsApp is large and might consume too much internet data.