Export WhatsApp backups: this is changing


A new beta version of WhatsApp brings the feature to export your Google Drive backup. That may sound pretty trivial. It would soon enable WhatsApp transfer from iPhone to Android and vice versa when the developers implement the feature for iCloud as well.

Beta testers of WhatsApp for Android will have the option to export the online backup with this latest version, reports Wabetainfo.com† It is also possible to import them again. This is useful, as WhatsApp will soon no longer be able to use unlimited Google Drive storage. When your online storage fills up, you can keep your backup (which contains your chat history, including photos, videos, and documents) elsewhere. For example, locally, or in another cloud storage service. This way you can also keep a second backup of your conversation history.

Incidentally, it is also possible for Android users to make a WhatsApp backup by connecting the telephone to the PC and copying the WhatsApp folder via the explorer. By copying this folder on another Android device, you can also easily transfer your WhatsApp to another Android smartphone.

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Will iCloud also get a WhatsApp backup export feature?

It is currently unknown whether the developers of WhatsApp are working on a similar export function for iCloud. If you can export and import your WhatsApp backup on both iCloud and Google Drive, that could theoretically mean that you can transfer your WhatsApp conversation history to another platform. From your iPhone to an Android, or vice versa.

The Google Drive export feature has appeared in version 2.22.13.11 of WhatsApp beta† It is not yet known when this will be rolled out to all users.

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