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WhatsApp Backups Won’t be Taking Your Space on Google Drive Anymore

Backing up your chats and media to Google Drive is helpful because when you change Android phones or get a new one, your chats and media remain transferable

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Google is making life easy for WhatsApp users as starting this November, 1.5 billion users of this popular instant messaging platform will be able to back up their data on Google Drive without worrying about storage space.

“Starting November 12, 2018, WhatsApp backups will no longer count towards the Google Drive storage quota,” WhatsApp said in an update on its FAQ page.

Until now, WhatsApp backup data counted towards the space one had on Google Drive.

According to a report in The Verge on Thursday, unlike other texting apps that store messages on their servers, Facebook-owned WhatsApp requires users to back up their messages to another company’s Cloud service to sync chats between phones.

Apple users have their messages stored in iCloud, while Android users have always used Google Drive, it added.

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WhatsApp on a smartphone device. Pixabay

WhatsApp also warned that with the November update, backups that have not been updated in more than one year will be automatically removed from Google Drive storage.

“To avoid the loss of any backups, we recommend you manually back up your WhatsApp data before November 12, 2018,” WhatsApp said.

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Backing up your chats and media to Google Drive is helpful because when you change Android phones or get a new one, your chats and media remain transferable.

“We recommend connecting your phone to Wi-Fi prior to backing up your chats via Google Drive, as backup files can vary in size and consume mobile data, causing additional charges,” WhatsApp said. (IANS)

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Beta Version of ‘WhatsApp Business’ Now Available For iOS Users

This beta version is available for all the countries, the report added

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"WhatsApp Business" was launched last week in Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Britain and the US. Pixabay

The beta version of “WhatsApp Business” — a free-to-download communication tool specifically designed for small businesses — has been made available for iOS users.

“After the launch of the official WhatsApp Business for Android, which is a compatible version for iOS and a lot of users had asked, today it is finally available in beta,” WABetaInfo, a fan site that tests new WhatsApp features reported on Friday.

Launched in January 2018, “WhatsApp Business” had only been made available on Android devices until now.

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WhatsApp on a smartphone device. Pixabay

In a tint colour of darker blue, the beta app for iOS includes “Messaging Tools” for businesses like automated greeting and away messages, quick replies and the “Recipients” feature was also set to allow users to choose specific recipients for a particular message.

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Along with the option allowing users to migrate their existing WhatsApp accounts and contacts to a “WhatsApp Business” account, the app also enables users to customise their business profiles and configure business hours with options in the Edit menu.

This beta version is available for all the countries, the report added. (IANS)