WhatsApp will soon delete old messages, photos and videos from its backups unless they are properly protected.
The removal comes as part of a deal that is being offered as a benefit to users: Google will allow people to back up their chats into its servers for free, meaning that messages will be protected.
A statement by WhatsApp reads;
“Due to a new agreement between WhatsApp and Google, WhatsApp backups will no longer count against Google Drive storage quota.”
What does it mean ?
If a WhatsApp backup hasn’t been updated for the past year then it will be automatically removed as the messages are stored inside Google Drive. Chats that haven’t already been properly saved into the cloud will not be part of that automated backup – and if you then rely on that same backup, the messages will have gone.
The statement further noted
“However, any WhatsApp backups that have not been updated in more than a year will automatically be removed from storage. This policy will go into effect for all users on November 12, 2018 though some users may see the quota benefits earlier. To avoid the loss of any backups, we recommend that people manually back up WhatsApp before November 12, 2018.”
1. Confirm that your current Android WhatsApp client is backed up
2. If you would like to refresh any existing backups, please manually back up your WhatsApp client before October 30, 2018.
How do I create Google Drive backup ?
Tap Menu > Settings > Chats > Chat backup.
Tap Back up to Google Drive and select a backup frequency other than Never.
Select a Google account that you’ll back upyour chat history to. …
Tap Back up over to choose the network you wish to use for backup.