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The option to store chats on Google Drive has been temporary tested this spring, but the feature was full of bugs and the developers had to withdraw it and worked hard on improving it. This fall, they reintroduced it and now, the WhatsApp users can back up and restore their conversations using Google Drive. Besides chats, they can also back up photos and videos and restore them on a new device, if they’re planning to change their old phone.

If you don’t know how this feature works, then we’ll teach you how to back up and restore WhatsApp chats. First of all, make sure that you install the latest version of WhatsApp, then launch the application with the Google Drive functionality. You will be asked if you want this option to be switched on. If you’re refusing, but still want to make backups in the future, you will be able to do that by tapping the menu button with three vertical dots, then choose Settings and tap on Chats and calls. Then, you will select Chat backup and you will be given access to the Google Drive options, where you will edit the current options.

So, you’ll have the possibility to add videos and to make these backups daily, weekly, monthly or to perform manual backups. Also, you can choose to perform automatic uploads over WiFi only, so you won’t waste your mobile data on your plan. Also, you will have the option to schedule automatic backups once a day or week etc. All you need to do is hit the Back Up button and the backup process will be triggered.

The files that will backed up will be kept hidden and you won’t be able to browse them through a Drive client. But they will sync through WhatsApp, so you can restore your messages on any device, as long as you’re using the same SIM card. To restore messages is very simple, as you will sign into WhatsApp and tap on the Restore button, while you’re signed into your Google account.