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Don’t want to lose any of your chats and messages in WhatsApp?

You can save it on Google Drive through its back up features. This will prove advantageous for business correspondence or important messages that you’d want to retrieve and/or reread in the future.

What’s great about having a Google Drive account is that backup can happen automatically, depending on the configuration you choose. It will include any attachments sent as well.

Ready to back up WhatsApp chats in Google Drive?

  1. Make sure you have an account in Google Drive, and your device is synced to it.
  2. Install Google Play Services. This is only available for Android Gingerbread and later.
  3. Make sure both your Google Drive account and mobile device have enough space for data to be backed up.
  4. Open WhatsApp > Menu Button. Then, go to Settings > Chats > Chat backup.
  5. From the Chat backup window, tap on Back up to Google Drive. Tap on Back Up to back up chats immediately, or set up frequency according to your preference.
  6. Select your Google Account when prompted. If you still have to register, tap Add Account.
  7. Choose the network you want to use for backup by tapping Back up over. This will initiate the process too.

Want to manually back up WhatsApp chats instead?

Follow steps 1 and 2, and wait for the backup to complete. This would usually take a few minutes, depending on the size of the file.

If you’d rather perform a manual backup each and every time, set the frequency to Never. Doing so will defeat the purpose of having a Google Drive for automatic backup, but that’s your prerogative.

Should you wish to delete or stop backups from going to Google Drive, you can disconnect the Drive through the WhatsApp options.

Here’s how you can backup WhatsApp chats with iCloud.