WhatsApp has notified its users that all the messages, and media contents; photos, videos, and recordings do not remain encrypted once the data is backed up on Google Drive.
“Media and messages you back up aren’t protected by WhatsApp end-to-end encryption while in Google Drive,” on WhatsApp’s FAQ section. They labeled it as ‘Important’ to read.
On August 16, WhatsApp has signed a contract with Google to allow users to back-up their chats without counting it on your Drive storage. From November 12, users could be able to store their messages on the Google’s cloud storage without any space limitations.
The company has urged its users to manually backup all their messages before November 12, else all the messages that have not been backed up for last one year would be deleted from the Google Drive.
This will be only applicable for Android users, however, Apple uses iCloud as the default for chat back up.
Here are some simple steps to back up your WhatsApp messages on Google Drive.
1) Open your WhatsApp, then click on the three dots on the top right side.
2) Click on Settings> then to Chats> and then you will see a Chat backup option. Here you will see your last backup date.