WhatsApp is reportedly bringing cloud-backup to its Windows 10 mobile app. Already available for Android (Google Drive) and iOS (iCloud), the feature is among a host upcoming updates.
The soon-to-be introduced feature will allow Windows 10 users to backup their chats and multimedia to Microsoft’s cloud service, OneDrive. The update is expected to make life of WhatsApp users on Windows platform much easier, as, until now, it was not possible for them to transfer data from one Windows device to another. They had to resort to installing third party apps to do that. The process was cumbersome and seriously undermined user privacy and data security.
The Facebook-owned company is currently beta testing the feature, with the testing reported to be in its last phase. The company is likely to roll out the update soon to all users.
Even though OneDrive integration is a welcoming change, the feature poses a new problem too. Windows users hoping to switch to the Android or iOS platform are likely to find it harder to make the jump.
WhatsApp is also introducing another handy feature – a new camera icon, which will enable users to share photos and videos directly from the app. The company has already made available this feature on other mobile platforms. With this update, users do not need to toggle between applications to share media—tapping the camera icon not only opens the camera app but also shows media from different apps. Users just require to swipe left and right to find the desired photos or videos.