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WhatsApp Will Delete Chats Not Manually Backed up to Google Drive

WhatsApp, the world’s most popular instant messaging app, has recently confirmed that it will be erasing chats and media files from users who have not yet backed up their stored data to Google Drive. These users will also lose their chat histories, so if you have not done this already do so by following these steps.


“WhatsApp backups that have not been updated in Google Drive in more than a year will be automatically be removed from Google Drive storage. To avoid such a situation, we recommend you manually back up your WhatsApp data,” the company said.

WhatsApp who announced this move earlier this year reaching an agreement with Google to archive chats and other data on Google Drive. The data stored would not count towards the maximum storage possible in Drive for individual users.

The auto-backup feature will also enable users to reload their data on different or new Android devices easily.

Anti-Privacy Move?

one of the criticisms faced by this move is that WhatsApp will not offer end-to-end encryption for chats backed up to Google drive since the conversations are now exported to Google’s servers.

even though the privacy of WhatsApp messages may have been compromised once they are backed up on Google Drive, the backup process itself is entirely voluntary, and users can turn off automatic Google Drive backups by going over to Settings >> Chats >> Chat Backup>> Backup to Google Drive, and changing the setting to “Never”.

Backup Requirements

Users can now update their copy and configure its update frequency as long as they have a personal account on Google. To use Google Drive backup, these are the requirements:

  1. A Google account on your device.
  2. Updated Google Play Services
  3. Free storage space to create the backup locally before uploading it to Drive.

And as it’s expected, the first time you backup it will take a while. But every time you back up after that, it should be a quick affair.

Gideon Akeni
Observe and Conquer


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