How to Enable and Disable WhatsApp Google Drive Backup Feature
You have just bought a new smartphone, and you would want to keep your WhatsApp chats.
You need to migrate your chat to your new phone in a hassle-free way. There is no need of going through the tedious backing up of messages on your microSD card and later on manually moving them to the new phone’s storage. This is true because Google, in conjunction with Facebook, has rolled out a feature that lets you save all of your messages in thecloud and later on access them from any device using the same Google account and WhatsApp phone number used during saving.
If you are still new to this, here is a quick guide on how to enable Google Drive backup in WhatsApp.
- A Google account
- Android 2.3.4 and above
- Latest WhatsApp 2.12.317 for Android available for free download from the Play Store.
Enabling WhatsApp Google Drive backup
Start WhatsApp on your Android phone and tap on the three dots to reveal the app’s menu. Select Settings and then tap on “Chats and calls>Chat Backup.” This will pop up a new Google Drive settings page where you simply have to tap on “Backup to Google Drive.” You can choose the frequency of automatically saving these messages to Google Drive to daily, weekly or monthly. There is also an option never to create backups. On the other hand, you can choose to do the backups on your own by selecting the “Only when I tap ‘Backup’” option.
Here, you will be asked to add a Google account that you’d like to save these messages to. Follow the onscreen guide to complete the setup and that’s it. Tapping on the “Account” option will provide you with room to choose another location for your backup, that is, a different Google account. If you tap on the “Backup over” option, you can choose between creating backups over both Wi-Fi and Cellular or Wi-Fi only. Check the “Include videos” option just in case you want videos included in your backups.
To perform amanual backup, tap on the green “Backup” option.
Disabling WhatsApp Google Drive backup
Now that you are fully aware of enabling WhatsApp Google Drive backups on your Android device, the next part will educate you further on how to disable this feature.
There is no doubt that Google Drive backup is a worthy addition to millions who use WhatsApp for messaging purposes. However, Google only allocates 15GB of free storage space, and if you store lots of videos and other messages, you may soon run out of space. Alternatively, you can pay for more storage space, but if you can’t afford to pay for extra storage space on Google Drive, you may have to turn the WhatsApp Google Drive backup feature off to save some space for other significant uses.
There is even chance that you may have connected WhatsApp to the wrong Google account, and you need to disconnect so that you reconnect to the desired one. The following procedure talks about how you can disable WhatsApp from saving messages on Google Drive.
Launch your web browser and find the official Google Drive website. Click on the settings icon (cog-shaped) and select the Settings option from the menu. Go ahead and select “Manage Apps” and while in there, find WhatsApp Messenger. Follow it by clicking on Options and then select “Disconnect from Drive.” That is too easy huh!