Until now users were never able to see their WhatsApp backed up data on the Google Drive. However, now, for some users, a dedicated WhatsApp backup folder has started to show.
You must have been advised multiple times to take a backup of your WhatsApp data every now and then, and especially when you switch smartphones. It is undoubtedly a good advice and helps you restore most of your data with just a tap. For Android users, every time they backup the content, WhatsApp settings show them an option to put it up on the cloud on Google Drive. However, if you are an Android user, this thought definitely would have crossed your mind — even after backup, why can’t I see my WhatsApp content on the drive?
Well, that’s a genuine question. The backup has been processing in the background, you can instantly restore content, but users have not had an access to that content on the drive. However, according to a report by Android Police, Android users are now able to see a visible WhatsApp backup folder on their Google Drive.
Some people have now started to see a new Backups folder in the web interface and the mobile app version of Google Drive, just below the Trash in the left navigation pane. It sits separately, below the regular list of sections, and expanding it reveals all the devices and apps that are using Google Drive for their backups. When clicked, it shows a list of their backups. If they then select any one of those, they have the option to delete it (for Android system backups), or also turn off the backup functionality (for WhatsApp). If a user wants to turn off automatic backups for Android apps and games, they’d need to use the dedicated menu in the Settings of their device.
The backup feature on WhatsApp was introduced back in 2015. For the backup to work, Android users have to connect their Google account with WhatsApp, for iOS users the backup runs on the iCloud. Users can choose to backup the data on daily, weekly or monthly basis, or only when they ‘tap on backup’. In case, the users have too many videos, they can also choose to exclude them. Backup can be done using a Wi-Fi network or Wi-Fi + Cellular, whichever is available.
To simplify it further, go to, Settings -> Chats and Calls -> Chat Backup. There you’ll see Last backup & Google Drive Settings. Under Google Drive Settings, choose the type of backup, Daily / Weekly / Monthly / Only When I Tap ‘Backup’ or Never. Next, select the Google Account (either from the ones already added, or you can add one too).