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As you know, recently, WhatsApp has reintroduced the option to backup WhatsApp chats on the Android version, after it was tested for a limited time months ago. The good news is that if you’re planning to buy a new phone and want to move all your messages so you won’t lose them, you can first backup your chats to Google Drive, using your Google account, then restore them to your new device. In this article, we’ll teach you how to do that.

In order for this feature to work flawlessly, you’ll need to install the latest WhatsApp version for Android (2.12.357) and to make sure that your device is running on at least Android 2.3.4. If you don’t have a Google account, then create one immediately and enable Google Drive backup.

The next step is to open WhatsApp and to tap on the Ellipsis menu, then to head to Settings>Chat and Calls, then to Chat Settings>Chat Backup and finally, to Google Drive Settings, where you’ll tap on Back up to Google Drive.

You will have the option to back up your messages manually by tapping “Backup up”, or if you want to perform automatic backups Daily, Weekly or Monthly you can choose accordingly, on the other hand, the first option on top of the list is Never.

As we told you above, you’ll need a Google account and you’ll allow WhatsApp to access your Google Drive cloud storage space. After doing that, there are three steps you need to follow in order to configure the default backup settings.

Account – will allow you to set up another backup location, or to be more specific, a different Google Account; Back up over – will allow you to use WiFi only/WiFi or Cellular; Include videos – in case you want to have a copy of your shared videos. After configuring these settings, tap on the Backup button (green) and start performing a manual backup.