A new partnership between Google and WhatsApp will give users with Google Drive accounts access to more space to back up their data. This is because starting November 12, 2018, WhatsApp data backed up on Google Drive will no longer be counted against the 15GB Google Drive quota. Users will now have more space to save their videos, images, chats, etc. However good this news is, there is a catch to it.
In the same email that delivered the good news, Google also communicated that it will go ahead and delete backups that are older than a year in November this year. Users were instructed to manually back up their WhatsApp data before October 30, 2018, to avoid losing any old data.
Below are the steps to manually back up your data to prevent it from getting deleted. You will need a Google Drive account and a good mobile data plan before doing the back-up. Wi-Fi usage is highly recommended for users without good mobile data plans.
Launch your WhatsApp app and click on the three dots in the right upper corner to access WhatsApp’s hidden menu. Click on “Settings” on the menu list provided to get into the WhatsApp Settings page.
On the Settings page, click on “Chats” to open the Chats’ settings section. This is where you will find the ‘Chat backup’ option which should be clicked to open the backup settings. But first, you will need to configure your Google Drive account.
If you click the “backup” button at this point before configuring your Google Drive account, all your data will………….