Yes, you read the title right. How to backup WhatsApp chat on Google Drive? This is one feature which many of the WhatsApp users, including me, were waiting for. You can now backup all your WhatsApp chats including the attachments and videos on Google Drive.
A couple of months ago, WhatsApp did roll-out this feature as a part of testing and then it was pulled back again.
Though, WhatsApp hasn’t yet made this feature officially available to the users on Google Play Store, you can still get your hands on it. How? We show you.
Backup WhatsApp Chat On Google Drive
Follow the step-by-step instructions and you are good to go. So here it goes:
To backup WhatsApp Chat On Google Drive, download WhatsApp’s APK file from http://www.whatsapp.com/android/. Make sure the version you are downloading is 2.12.325. At the time of writing this, the current version which is available on the Play Store is 2.12.317, which doesn’t support this feature.
An apk file, Android application package, is the package file format used by the Android operating system for distribution and installation of application software and middleware. You can say that a .apk file to an Android is what the .exe file is to Windows operating system.
Uninstall the WhatsApp app from your phone. Be cautious that you don’t clear the cache and data, doing so will delete your chats and media and you won’t be able to retrieve them.
Now install WhatsApp using the apk file (version 2.12.325) you have downloaded from the above link mentioned in Step 1.
Upon installing the app, if you have any existing backup in your phone’s storage, WhatsApp will ask you if you want to restore it. Restore that backup.
After the backup has been restored, close the app.
To backup WhatsApp chat on Google Drive, open WhatsApp and go to Settings > Chats and Calls > Chat Backup.
Backup WhatsApp Chat On Google Drive
You will be asked to add/select a Google account in order to take the backup on Google Drive. If not asked, you can do it manually, the option to do is available.
It will then do the authentication with Google Drive.
Select the frequency of backups, i.e., how often you want to take backup on Google Drive. You will be presented with 5 options to choose from. They are Never, Only when I tap “Back up”, Daily, Weekly, Monthly.
Under the “Back up over” option, you can select whether you want to take the backup over Wi-Fi only, or, Wi-Fi or cellular. I suggest you choose the “Wi-Fi only” option unless you want to burn a hole in your pocket by making use of your mobile data.
If you want to include videos as well in the backup, select the checkbox given in front of the “Include videos” option. This is optional, though.
WhatsApp will then start preparing Google Drive backup so that it can backup WhatsApp chat on Google drive.
Depending on your Internet connection and the size of the backup, the time taken to do so may vary.
Just because you are backing up your WhatsApp data on your Google Drive doesn’t mean that you will always have to rely on Drive. Your messages and media will also be backed up on your phone’s internal storage, this way you can also restore them from your phone’s storage if you want.
Now there’s one thing I would like to add here. As soon as the backup on Google Drive is complete, you might think of looking up for it on your Drive. Looking up for its backup file to be precise. I too did the same. But you won’t be able to find it as it’s categorized under hidden app data.
Deleting backup file from Google Drive
If you want to delete this backup file from your Google Drive and if you are using a desktop version. Here are the steps.
Click on the Gear icon in the top right. Now go to Settings > Manage Apps
Scroll down till you see WhatsApp in the list. You can see the hidden app data size in there. It takes some time to show you the data size. Wait till it appears.
After you see the size, you can delete the backup file by clicking on Options > Delete hidden app data.
In case you have any further questions, you can post them in the comments or you can head on to WhatsApp FAQ – How do I use Google Drive backup?
A word of caution, though, as this version is a test version, try doing this at your own risk, because neither I nor anyone of the TechoBook team will be responsible for any damage that may happen to your device. WhatsApp is still testing this feature, this is the reason why you don’t have this feature in your official update on Play Store.
If you are not much into tinkering along with your Android phone, I suggest you wait for this feature to be officially rolled out in the coming updates. But again, Android clan is known for their tinkering habits, and this is what we do. This guide will certainly help you get along with the new feature of WhatsApp if you are one of those tinkerers that belong to the realms of Android.