Recently, Whatsapp announced that a system update that could see all your chats, pictures, videos and audio files be deleted.
The changes are part of a deal between Google and Whatsapp, with Google agreeing users can backup their accounts and messages on their Drive.
However, tech site ZDNet reports that while the Google Drive backups may be free for users, communication records will not be protected in the same way.
This is poles apart to Whatsapp’s data protection, which features the highest levels of end-to-end encryption.
Whatsapp said: “Media and messages you back up aren’t protected by WhatsApp end-to-end encryption while in Google Drive.”
And for those who value their privacy, this update could see many users looking to other messaging apps.
If you chose to backup your Whatsapp data in the free Drive backup offer, your data will be stored unencrypted.
Whilst, this doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s unprotected, Google will have the ability to access that data.
But if you’re not concerned, Google recommends that users back-up theirWhatsApp accounts manually before November 12.
Here’s how to do that:
How to manually backup WhatsApp
Firstly, make sure you have Google Drive setup on your phone.
From WhatsApp go to Menu, Settings, Chats then Chat backup. Select Back Up and you will automatically see everything getting backed up to Google Drive.
Note that most WhatsApp accounts will be set to only backup over Wi-Fi so be sure you’re connected before you get started.