In August, some users reported about the missing Google Drive manual back up option on Android phones, to which Google had acknowledged user feedback by noting that it will be provided in “a future release.”
Now as spotted by XDA-Developers, Google has started testing the Google Drive manual back up option for Android 9 Pie. It still appears to be on the initial stage of testing as XDA managed to enable the manual backup feature option by ADB command.
The feature is said to be working on a Google Pixel 2 XL running Android 9 Pie with the latest October security patches. It can be seen that Google has implemented a ‘Backup Now’ button just below the regular toggle. Google has offered automatic backup functionality in Android since Android Eclair and Froyo days. The company took it to another level with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. However, it still doesn’t allow users to do a simple manual back up.
Google has already allocated separate storage quota for WhatsApp backup on your Google Drive account. Starting November 12, your WhatsApp backup on your Gmail account won’t count against your Google Drive’s storage quota. It simply means free storage for your WhatsApp backup.
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WhatsApp and Google have partnered for this new feature, although WhatsApp comes from Google’s competition rival Facebook. Google Drive users have been receiving an email about this new agreement. It is also reported to have rolled out to certain users already, as WhatsApp had mentioned about the possible early roll out too.