How to Enable or Disable WhatsApp Chat Backup to Google Drive



The article provides a guide on how to enable or disable end-to-end encrypted chat backup to Google Drive in WhatsApp on mobile devices. The feature secures messages and media by storing them on Google Drive, beneficial in case of losing device, accidental deletion, or migrating to a new device. The process involves accessing the settings…

This article explains how to enable or disable end-to-end encrypted chat backup to Google Drive in WhatsApp on mobile devices.

WhatsApp is a popular cross-platform messaging app that allows users to send text and voice messages, make voice and video calls, share files, and more.

One can configure many settings with the WhatsApp app in Windows, including starting the WhatsApp app at loginturning read receipts on or offturning notifications on or offturning automatic downloads on or offclearing and deleting chats, and more.

On mobile devices, you can turn the fingerprint lock feature on or offturn disappearing messages on or offturn last seen and online status on or offsilence unknown callersadd or remove people from blocked contactschange who can add you to groupsturn conversation tones on or offturn Send is enter on or offturn ringtone on or offturn high priority notifications on or offchange who can see your updatesturn reaction notifications on or offturn use less data for calls on or offturn two-step verification on or offturn security notifications on or off, turn protected IP address on or off, and more, which are unavailable on the desktop.

When you use the mobile version, you can turn on or off “End-to-end encrypted” chat backup to Google Drive so that your messages and media are stored securely.

Enabling or disabling chat backup in WhatsApp can be useful for several reasons. Turning chat backup on allows you to securely store your messages and media on Google Drive, which can be useful if you ever lose your device or switch to a new one.

It also ensures a chat backup if you accidentally delete them from your device. On the other hand, turning chat backup off can help you conserve storage space on your device or avoid potential privacy concerns if you don’t want your messages stored on Google Drive.

Turn “Chat backup” on or off in WhatsApp

As mentioned above, users can enable or disable encrypted chat backup in WhatsApp on their mobile devices. This ensures your messages are securely stored in Google Drive if they lose their devices.

Here’s how to do it.

First, open and launch the WhatsApp app on your mobile device.

Turn Last seen and online status on or off in WhatsApp

When the app opens, click the Settings and More button (vertical dots) at the top right corner.

Then click Settings on the context menu.

WhatsApp settings and more button

On the Settings screen, select Chats to expand it.

WhatsApp Chats tile in Settings

Next, select the “Chat backup” tile on the Chats settings page to open it.

WhatsApp Chat backup tile

To back up immediately, click the ‘Back up‘ button on the Chat backup settings page. However, if ‘End-to-end encrypted backup‘ isn’t enabled, your data will be sent to Google Drive without encryption.

WhatsApp Chat backup enable or disable

To turn on encrypted backup, click the tile. Turning it on will prompt you to create a password or use a 64-bit digital key.

It’s best to use a password that you will not forget. You cannot retrieve your encrypted data without the correct password.

Once you create a password, you can create an encrypted backup. Finally, click Create to create your end-to-end encrypted backup.

WhatsApp create backup

To turn off encrypted backup, return to the previous screens above and click ‘Turn Off.’

WhatsApp created encryption password off

That should do it!


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