Users will be rejoicing as they will be able to backup WhatsApp messages using free backup service offered by Google. But WhatsApp has warned users who will use the service to back up the messages will no longer be protected by the end to end-to-end encryption. As a result of a deal between WhatsApp and Google struck earlier this month, now you will no longer need to worry about Google Drive Storage quotas.
As far as Apple iOS users are concerned they can choose to store their messages on iCloud backup storage and Android users can now store it on Google Drive. Though you need to understand once communication, chat, and media are transferred away from the app, you will lose end-to-end encryption.
WhatsApp has clearly stated, once you move the messages over to the Google Drive you will lose the end to end encryption, hence you need to be aware of this in case you are more concerned about protecting your privacy.
The latest move by WhatsApp is certainly going to allow many users to take advantage of backup options, as this will help you restore your old messages just in case you happen to lose your smartphone. Also, the storage capacity limit for storing your backup has been lifted.
Now if you are an Android user you can enjoy 15GB free storage on Google Drive, allowing you more storage space henceforth.
Though you will lose the end to end encryption protection, you can secure yourself by implementing strong Google account passwords and two-factor authentication (2FA).
Apart from the latest announcement related to the backups not being encrypted, WhatsApp has also mentioned in its latest agreement, effective from November 12 which requires users to update backups which haven’t been touched in a year or face permanent deletion.