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This should help dads who want to store loads of forwards that they are so attached. WhatsApp is looking to back up and restore conversations using Google Drive across Android devices, reports Android Police. Currently, users can back up conversations by going to the app’s Menu > Settings > Chat settings. Users will then have to check whether the folder is located on the phone memory or microSD card.  While iOS users can backup and restore their chat history via iCloud.

Android Police further says that a member of the WhatsApp translation group who tipped them about new strings in the app that point toward backing up and restoring from Google Drive. The publication further added  that the functions involved are for backing up a user’s chat history as well as media but not videos. This feature can be restricted to Wi-Fi only or can be used over cellular networks too. The information is also corroborated by DroidApp.nl which received a similar tip-off.

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The translation string also points out that the feature is offered to users when they log into a new device. It also added that if a user does not accept, they will lose their backup from their older device.

In November 2014, WhatsApp said that it had 70 million active users in India monthly (of 700 million users worldwide), its biggest market to date. Medianama spoke with Neeraj Arora, head, Business Development, WhatsApp in March last year, and at the time he had said that WhatsApp is looking to launch voice services in Q2 2014 but we’re still only getting glimpses of the feature being rolled out.

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