WhatsApp’s Android app will soon get an update with an interesting feature, which will let users take a backup of their chats on Google Drive. The latest WhatsApp for Android version 2.12.45 gets this update, but it’s currently not available on the Google Play Store. However, you can use the feature right away. Here’s how.
You will need to manually download the APK file to try out this feature now. Currently, when a user clicks on the Chat Backup option, the app backs up your chats on your smartphone’s internal storage. With the new update however, Chat Backup opens a new window with an additional option to take a backup on Google Drive.
Head over to Settings -> Chat Settings -> Chat Backup and allow WhatsApp to access the Google Account on the Android phone. After authenticating, you will be able to set how often you want the app to take backups. You can also set the app to take backups only when connected to Wi-Fi. The last option is recommended, since the backup also includes the media that were shared in a particular chat.
With this option enabled, you will be able restore messages when changing smartphones. When installing WhatsApp on a new smartphone, the app will ask if you want to restore messages from the Google Drive.
Apart from this forthcoming feature, WhatsApp has been on a spree of introducing new features. The latest Android update brought with it a design overhaul, with the company opting for Material Design philosophy. It has also rolled out voice calling feature for all Android users.
Last week, CEO Jan Koum also revealed that WhatsApp now had 800 million monthly active users. In essence it had added 100 million users in three months, since crossing 700 million in January this year. At this rate, WhatsApp would cross a billion monthly active users before the end of the year.