WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned company provides end to end encryption for messages and media of its app. However, it will not work for your Google drive backups. Just recently WhatsApp has notified its users that the backup on Google Drive will not account to storage quota. WhatsApp Messages on Google Drive are not Encrypted.
WhatsApp Messages on Google Drive are not Safe
However, WhatsApp has written an important note for its users now that data stored in these backups on Google Drive won’t have end-to-end encryption.
WhatsApp said on its site that:
“Media and messages you back up aren’t protected by WhatsApp end-to-end encryption while in Google Drive”
The explicit mention comes even as the Facebook-owned company said on August 16 that it has signed a pact with Google to allow users to store messages on the internet company’s cloud storage offering -drive, without any quota from November 12. Till now, a WhatsApp user’s data could be stored on Google drive but this was counted within the 15 GB free space that a Google account offered.
WhatsApp has also said that all the media and messages that are not refreshed into the Google Drive by November 12 will be deleted. Say you have saved some WhatsApp chats one year ago in Google Drive but haven’t connected your WhatsApp to the Drive since then. Those chats will be deleted after November 12 unless you connect your WhatsApp to Google Drive again and refresh your back up.