Well, this is indeed an exciting piece of news for the WhatsApp users as now they don’t have to fret over the memory storage capacity of their smartphones. As per the latest announcement by WhatsApp, now there is a backup feature for Android platform that will be useful in storing chats and multimedia content in Google Drive.
“…you don’t want your memories stuck on your phone. (What if something happens?!) So starting today, WhatsApp for Android lets you create a private backup of your chat history, voice messages, photos and videos in Google Drive. And once you do, you can restore everything on a new device with just a couple of taps”, Google Drive Director of Product Management Scott Johnston said in his blog.
“The new backup feature is rolling out over in the next few months, so keep an eye on your WhatsApp settings to see if it’s available”, Johnston said.
“WhatsApp website also shared similar information. You can back up your messages and media to Google Drive so that if you lose your phone or switch to another Android phone, your chats are safe”, stated the instant messenger portal.
To enjoy this feature, the Android users have to download the new update and once you have updated the WhatsApp application, go to setting option in the application, select ‘Chat and Calls’ option and go for frequency – daily, weekly, monthly or never – for saving their data. However, the Android users in India won’t be able to enjoy this update as it is unavailable for them. So far, there was no response from the WhatsApp in regard to the query sent regarding the date when this feature will be available for Indian users.
As per the reports, the mobile instant messenger enjoys around 70 million monthly active users in India till November 2014, while only in September it was stated by the company that there are over 900 million active users of WhatsApp globally.