WhatsApp is the most popular mobile messaging service in the world. It has 900 billion monthly users. Now, the service integrated a backup function for your conversations.
Although the Facebook-owned messaging platform is not the most feature-rich service on the market, its popularity is virtually unparalleled among mobile device users. The platforms makes up for all of its shortcoming by keeping things reliable and simple. That is what makes WhatsApp the most successful application of its kind.
WhatsApp used to require chat backups until today. The application will offer its users a function that automatically uploads your chat history on Google Drive. In fact, WhatsApp always had a backup function, but until now there was no way to upload your conversations to the cloud. Now the function makes the application more useful than ever if your phone gets stolen or broken and you want to save those lost chat conversations.
Some WhatsApp users knew how to bypass this limitation and used FolderSync in order to upload their backups to cloud services, but this meant unnecessary complication for the users. Thankfully, the new function is straightforward and very easy to configure.
Now you can back up your message history, your voice messages, photos and even videos. All of these files will be uploaded to a folder in your Google Drive account.
The process is trouble-free, all that users have to do is update their app to the latest version and the next time you will be launching the app, you will be greeted with a window that will ask you how often you want the app to backup your chat logs to your Google Account, and whether you want to upload the photos, voice messages and videos as well.
You can also choose to upload certain chat logs manually. Usually, it takes a couple of hours depending on your Internet connection. Another helpful option is the ability of choosing whether your automatic backup can occur on cellular data or only when a WiFi connection is available.
The only bad news is that you can only access your data from your WhatsApp application, because the backup is saved in a specific format. Basically, it is not possible to view your conversations in Google Drive, or save them for offline reading.
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