While it was already an option on the latest versions of WhatsApp available via the official webpage, as of version 2.12.45 the app’s cloud synching menu has been modified to sync all your WhatsApp info to Google Drive to avoid losing it, including chats, profile photos, and received photos.
Drive is Google’s cloud storage service, which means that anyone who uses an Android (for which you need a Gmail account) will have access to this functionality. Even if you don’t use Google Drive that often, the process is completely straightforward and you don’t have to do anything besides enable the option and choose how often you want the backup to be made. These are the steps to follow:
- Open the drop-down menu by tapping the icon at the lower-right part of the screen. From there you’ll go to Settings > Chats and calls > Backups.
- The first thing to do is add your details and choose your sync options by filling in the fields under Google Drive Settings. In Save to Google Drive you’ll have to choose how you want to save your backups, whether at certain intervals or manually when you press the button for the purpose on that same menu. In Account you have to add a Gmail address from among the ones associated with your account, and in Save options you can limit the option to times when you’re connected to WiFi.