s3-chataudioThanks to a partnership between WhatsApp and Google Drive, users of the wildly popular message app can now keep copies of chat history. Indeed, there are some 900 million of you out there, many of which are using Android as the mobile platform of choice.

According to Google, WhatsApp users on Android are able to backup chat history, voice messages, photos, and videos in Google Drive. Moreover, it’s also possible to restore all of this to a new device should you ever upgrade your Android. Everything is native, seamless and secure as Google will encrypt the multimedia in the cloud.

The new feature is coming to an Android near you, however the process is expected to take a few months to fully deploy. Keep an eye on your WhatsApp settings to see if you’re ready to start backing things up.

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  1. What do they mean by “private” backup? Can Google see the contents of the Whatsapp backup or not? Do they ask the users to encrypt with a password, kind of like how Pushbullet does it?

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