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Google Photos is a great app to keep your memorable pictures all in one place. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Google Photos used to back up images and videos from messaging apps folders such as WhatsApp and Facebook by default. But it stopped offering this support because people started sharing more photos and videos the COVID-19 pandemic. So, to reduce internet resources consumption, Google turned off the by default back up & sync feature of Google Photos. But this does not mean you cannot backup/sync WhatsApp photos to Google Drive. You can manually turn on the back up & sync feature in Google Photos and make it back up WhatsApp photos automatically. This guide will present multiple approaches on how to backup WhatsApp photos to Google Photos in no time. Let get started!

Part 1. How to Backup/Sync/Upload WhatsApp Photos to Google Photos

Method 1. By Turning on "Back up & sync" from Google Photos Settings

Since Google Photos back up & sync feature is not turned on by default, you can manually go to Google Photos settings and make it back up the WhatsApp photos folder. Then follow the below steps to do it:

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Before that, you have to make sure all the received/sent WhatsApp photos are stored in your Gallery.

  • 1 Open Google Photos on your Android phone, click the profile icon from the top right corner, and then click "Photos settings".
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  • 2 Click "Back up & sync" and toggle its button to the right. Select the Google account to which you want to store backup data.
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  • 3 Click "Back up device folders". Scroll down till you find "WhatsApp Images" and toggle its button to the right.
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This way, Google Photos will automatically backup/sync/upload your WhatsApp photos to the linked Google account.

Method 2. Backup WhatsApp from the Backup Option in Google Photos Library

There is another way to address how to upload WhatsApp photos to Google Photos and it's via the Library tab. Google Photos Library does not just show you all the folders from your phone that contain photos, but it also allows you to turn on "back up & sync" for those folders directly from there. So, if you have turned on "back up & sync" from Google Photos settings previously, then follow the below steps:

  • 1 Open Google Photos on your Android phone and click the "Library" tab from the bottom right corner.
  • 2 Look for the "WhatsApp Images" folder and open it.
  • 3 At the top, you will "Back up & sync" option. Slide that button to the right.
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This way, Google Photos will now start backing up WhatsApp photos to your linked Google account.

Both the first and second methods will effectively address your concerns about how do I transfer photos from WhatsApp to Google Photos. Moreover, you can easily access the backed-up WhatsApp photos on your PC or other devices by installing Google Photos app and linking it with the same Google account.

Part 2. How to Backup WhatsApp Chat Including Photos

The above two methods focus on how to save WhatsApp photos to Google Photos, but they don't backup WhatsApp chat data. So, if you want to backup complete WhatsApp chat data including photos, you can use the built-in method of WhatsApp to backup data to Google Drive. Follow the below steps:

  • 1 Open WhatsApp on your Android phone, click the three-dots vertical menu icon, and then click "Settings".
  • 2 Click "Chats" and then "Chat backup".
  • 3 Under the option "Back up to Google Drive", choose "Daily" and select the Google Account in which you want to store backup data. Also, toggle the "Include videos" to the right if you also want to backup videos.
  • 4 Lastly, click the "BACK UP" button.
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This way, WhatsApp will backup all your chat data including photos to Google Drive. But there are some cons associated with this approach. WhatsApp chat is backed up in encrypted form, which means you cannot view the backed-up data unless you restore it back. Secondly, data restoration is only possible with WhatsApp, which means that if you want to restore backup data in the same phone, then you have to reinstall WhatsApp first and then restore the data.

Bonus Tip. Why WhatsApp Images Not Showing Up in Gallery

Often Android users complain that their WhatsApp images don't show up in the gallery or the gallery only shows previous months' WhatsApp images but not recent ones. In such cases, the major reason is that the WhatsApp "Media Visibility" option gets disabled, which then does not let WhatsApp images show up in the gallery.

So, if you are unable to see WhatsApp images in your gallery, then you can simply enable the media visibility option back and restart the phone to fix the issue. Follow the below steps to do it:

  • 1 Open WhatsApp on your Android phone, click the three-dots vertical menu icon, and then click "Settings".
  • 2 Click "Chats" and then toggle the "Media visibility" button to the right.
  • 3 Restart your phone to make the changes effective.
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Once done, you will be able to see WhatsApp images in your gallery from now onwards. If the images start showing up in the gallery, then they will also show up in Google Photos after syncing is completed.

Conclusion

Google Photos makes it convenient to backup important photos to your Google account instantly. But if you are looking for how to backup WhatsApp photos to Google Photos autonomously, then you have to turn on the "back up & sync" feature for WhatsApp specifically as narrated in the above methods. This way, you not just back up your WhatsApp images, but you can access them from other devices by logging into the same Google account.

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Olivia Tucker Updated: Aug 05, 2021, Filed to Transfer WhatsApp

Olivia Tucker has in-depth knowledge in the field of mobile phones and computers. She has been committed to provide convenient solutions of managing WhatsApp data.

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