WhatsApp backups are invisible backup files stored in the cloud (Google Drive) that contain all your account information be it messages, media files and settings. They are used to prevent the above data from being lost if you become a victim of theft or lose your mobile device, as it allows you to recover the data on another smartphone.
Don’t confuse cloud backups with local backups. How are they different? As mentioned at the beginning, the first one is not visible, it is stored in Google Drive and you can disable it at any time; The latter, on the other hand, are stored in the internal folders that WhatsApp has created on your mobile phone. They run at 2am every day and cannot be turned off.
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Currently, Google is no longer a free service, it only offers you up to 15 GB of storage that you share with Gmail, Google Photos and Google Drive. So, we recommend turning off automatic or daily backups as they could take up all the storage space from your account in no time.
The guide to prevent WhatsApp from making daily backups
- First, check if WhatsApp has no pending updates.
- Now open the application and click on the three dots icon at the top right.
- In the next step, click on “Settings” > then on the “Chats” section.
- From here, scroll down and tap on the “Backup” option.
- Click on “Save to Google Drive”.
- Finally, choose “Never” or “Only when I tap save”.
How to know if a WhatsApp contact has silenced you
Determining whether a WhatsApp contact has muted you can be a direct challenge since the app doesn’t provide an explicit notification to do so. However, there are certain signs that can give you a clue.
- If you used to get quick replies from that contact, and suddenly those messages slow down a lot or are gone, it could be an indication that you’ve been muted.
- If you can no longer see this contact’s status updates, they may have muted you. However, this is not definitive proof as some users do not want to share their updates on these stories with all their contacts.
- If you don’t see this contact’s last connected time, they may have muted you.
- If you notice this contact’s profile photo or personal information changing and you can’t see the changes, it could be an indication that you’ve been muted.
Keep in mind that these signals are not definitive and could have other explanations. However, you can get an idea of whether or not you’ve been muted.
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