You'll soon be able to back up your WhatsApp content to the cloud, Google and WhatsApp announced this morning.
The two companies said that over the next few months they intend to roll out the ability to back up WhatsApp chat history, voice messages, photos, and videos from the Android version of the messaging app to Google Drive. The companies said the feature, once it's available, will appear in WhatsApp's settings. You'll be able to set whether you back up daily, weekly, monthly, or never and whether to include videos. Backed-up data will count against a user's Drive storage limit (15GB, unless you've upgraded).
The just-released Android 6.0 Marshmallow includes the ability to back up app data to Google Drive, but WhatsApp will not require Marshmallow for backups, the two companies said.
While today's announcement is just for the Android version, WhatsApp also runs on iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, and Nokia devices.