WhatsApp has rolled out an update to its Android app which will let you backup your WhatsApp conversations to Google Drive. This feature will be available in the latest update with version number 2.12.45 for Android. This version can be downloaded from the company’s official website. Recently company CEO Jan Koum also announced on his Facebook page that WhatsApp has reached 800 million monthly active users.
Once you install the update, head into the app’s Settings, Chat settings, Chat Backup, and you’ll see a new screen that shows your last backup time and a list of greyed out Google Drive settings. Change the frequency from off to daily (or weekly or monthly), and you’ll be able to pick up a Google account for the backup as well as choose whether you want it to use Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi and cellular networks.
WhatsApp already has the offline conversation backup feature but with the online conversation backup, your WhatsApp chats will show up in Google Drive whenever you take a backup while being connected. This will make backing up comparatively speedier.
This update is not available on iOS or Windows Phone platform yet. Also you will not find it on Google Play Store as well, at the moment.
Backing up conversations has been an oft-requested feature on WhatsApp.