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WhatsApp previously updated it’s app to support cloud backups of chat history and media. On Android, the backup goes to your Google Drive account. The app itself can be used to automatically back up your data at regular intervals. The tricky part, however, is finding the stored backup data and managing your crucial cloud space. WhatsApp service doesn’t use a normal folder rather it hides it in Google Drive therefore it doesn’t interfere with all of your other folders while at the same time looks as nothing has changed. To see how much space the backup is occupying and whether there is a successful backup or not, you can follow this guide to find WhatsApp chat backup in Google Drive.

This guide will list all of the steps required to view your WhatsApp chat backup that has been backed up to the cloud — in Android’s case, Google Drive. Once you find it, you can view the amount of space it is currently occupying and also be able to delete it if you want to do so. Cloud service is more convenient if you are transferring phones as there would be no need of transferring data manually but you would just need to enter in your credentials.

How to Find WhatsApp Chat Backups in Google Drive

The following steps are only for finding the chat backup once it is made. If you don’t know how to back up, then read our guide on: How to Backup & Restore WhatsApp Chat Messages with Google Drive

Step 1 – Visit Google Drive’s web page (http://drive.google.com/). Log into your Google account. Users who are browsing the website on their phones require to use the desktop version. You can do so by clicking on the Menu Button found at the top left and tapping on use “Desktop Version”.

Step 2 – Once logged in, you would see a gear icon on the top left hand side of your screen as shown below. Click it.

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Step 3 – Another menu will pop up from this menu, select “Settings”.

Step 4 – You would be greeted by the following screen. In order to find the WhatsApp folder, select “Managing Apps”.

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Step 5 – Depending upon the data you have backed up and what other apps are using your Drive account, a usage information will be shown in few seconds. All apps are sorted alphabetically so WhatsApp will be found in the last quarter.

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That’s it! You’ve successfully found your WhatsApp messenger backup data on Google Drive. If you choose to delete the current data and make a new one then you can do so by going to Options > Delete data. You can also disconnect Google Drive completely from the options menu as well.

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