WhatsApp for Android: finally you can back up your contents on Google Drive

google drive reintrodotto backupAre you a WhatsApp user? Do you use it on an Android device? Well, today there are great news for you. The feature that we were all waiting for is finally arrived. Google Drive has been officially integrated into this popular instant messaging service, to enable the backup of conversations, photos and videos. The announcement was made directly by Google through its own blog, confirming WhatsApp users that the service has already been integrated into the app, but it may take several months before it is available on all smartphones. This is the full message released by Scott Johnston, Google’s Director of Product Management:

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Whether it’s recounting a story, watching a video, or enjoying photos with family and friends, our memories help us reconnect with what’s really important. And every month, nearly a billion people use WhatsApp to do just that. Of course: you don’t want your memories stuck on your phone. (What if something happens?!) So starting today, WhatsApp for Android lets you create a private backup of your chat history, voice messages, photos, and videos in Google Drive. And once you do, you can restore everything on a new device with just a couple taps. The new backup feature is rolling out over the next few months, so keep an eye on your WhatsApp settings to see if it’s available. In the meantime, please visit our Help Center if you have questions about today’s update. And check out our developer site if you’d like to integrate your app with Google Drive.

So now we’ll finally be sure not to lose our chats or our most important files. Of course those who use WhatsApp with other devices (for example Windows Phone or BlackBerry 10) will be quite disappointed, but unfortunately this is a matter of numbers. In fact, according to a recent survey published by Global Web Index, it seems that 73% of WhatsApp users access the app through Android. But we are sure that WhatsApp developers are already working to provide this useful feature to all of WhatsApp users.