WhatsApp’s potential plan to enable back up and restore conversation history and media to Google Drive. But Google Drive Backup Options just went live in the Whatsapp most recent version 2.12.45 which can be found on APK Mirror; official WhatsApp Android download page still lists 2.12.44.
More information regarding Google Drive Backup Options:
- Backups are incremental, which means WhatsApp will upload everything once, then only the changes daily/weekly/monthly.
- Backed up data is hidden inside Google Drive. Open your Drive on the web, go to Settings > Manage Apps and you’ll see WhatsApp listed as having hidden data.
- Videos aren’t backed up, only conversations and photos.
- When you install WhatsApp again (on a new or the same phone), after you log in with your phone number, the app will check to see if there’s a Google Drive backup (it will still check for local backups too) associated with your account and offer you one shot to restore your entire data from the cloud.