whatsapp_gdriveLast month we reported that according to a tip, WhatsApp for Android could soon see the option to backup their data onto Google Drive. The good news is that if you’re an Android user with WhatsApp installed on your phone, it seems that the latest update to Android (version 2.12.45 which is only available via APK Mirror at this time of writing) has indeed brought that feature to the messaging app.

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As you can see in the screenshots above, there is now an option for users to backup their data onto Google Drive. Users have the option of choosing how often they want to backup their data and when to back it up, as in should the app only backup when connected to WiFi or is backing up using cellular data a preferred choice.

Users will need to link their Google account with the app for this to work, obviously. Now having the option of backing up your data onto Google Drive is a good thing. Since Google Drive is basically cloud storage, you won’t have to worry about losing your data should your memory card or computer’s hard drive crashes.

However as pointed out by the folks at Android Police, the daily backup option happens everyday at 4am, so if something happens before then, the latest data will not be saved. The initial backup will upload everything onto Google Drive, but subsequent backups will only upload what has been changed, so you don’t have to worry about redundancy or duplicates.

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