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Remove whatsapp code from app #564

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jberkel opened this Issue Jun 12, 2015 · 10 comments

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tatablack Jul 5, 2015

@jberkel, would it be possible for you to add a comment to this thread with the rationale for this decision? I tried to find a discussion about it here and on G+ but couldn't find much. Thanks in advance.

tatablack commented Jul 5, 2015

@jberkel, would it be possible for you to add a comment to this thread with the rationale for this decision? I tried to find a discussion about it here and on G+ but couldn't find much. Thanks in advance.

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@tatablack i understood that some users would be disappointed about this decision, it was not easy but makes more sense in the long run, i don't really want to support a feature which does not work for 95% of users. here's a repost of a comment on #434

Sorry I removed this feature because it was too complicated to support for the majority of users who always complained that WhatsApp backup was not working as expected.

Of course there are workarounds, but they are too complicated to set up for a non-technical user, and they might also stop working any day.

You can always manually install an older version which has WhatsApp support: https://github.com/jberkel/sms-backup-plus/releases/tag/1.5.9-BETA5

From my perspective the best solution would be if somebody who is willing to support this feature would fork the app, remove the SMS/Call log related code and release a stand-alone WhatsApp backup tool.

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jberkel commented Jul 7, 2015

@tatablack i understood that some users would be disappointed about this decision, it was not easy but makes more sense in the long run, i don't really want to support a feature which does not work for 95% of users. here's a repost of a comment on #434

Sorry I removed this feature because it was too complicated to support for the majority of users who always complained that WhatsApp backup was not working as expected.

Of course there are workarounds, but they are too complicated to set up for a non-technical user, and they might also stop working any day.

You can always manually install an older version which has WhatsApp support: https://github.com/jberkel/sms-backup-plus/releases/tag/1.5.9-BETA5

From my perspective the best solution would be if somebody who is willing to support this feature would fork the app, remove the SMS/Call log related code and release a stand-alone WhatsApp backup tool.

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tatablack Jul 7, 2015

Thanks, @jberkel .
Having to play catch-up with some other app (without being able to sync with their changes beforehand) is never nice, I agree. And I guess a fork is a good idea, let's hope someone picks it up. 👍

tatablack commented Jul 7, 2015

Thanks, @jberkel .
Having to play catch-up with some other app (without being able to sync with their changes beforehand) is never nice, I agree. And I guess a fork is a good idea, let's hope someone picks it up. 👍

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nibelungen Sep 5, 2016

Hey,
did this ever get picked up by a fork??
Tried to find it - with no success so far.

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nibelungen commented Sep 5, 2016

Hey,
did this ever get picked up by a fork??
Tried to find it - with no success so far.

Best regards

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@nibelungen don't think so! is it still possible to read whatsapp backups these days, or has it been fixed?

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jberkel commented Sep 5, 2016

@nibelungen don't think so! is it still possible to read whatsapp backups these days, or has it been fixed?

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Hi @jberkel - yes its still possible, but since some month the backup does not include images, maybe its caused by using foldermount?! Just got my new phone and will try it again, but have to use an titanium backup because it looks like whatsapp crypt extractor does not work at the moment.... Give some feedback later on it when im done withe the new device.

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nibelungen commented Sep 6, 2016

Hi @jberkel - yes its still possible, but since some month the backup does not include images, maybe its caused by using foldermount?! Just got my new phone and will try it again, but have to use an titanium backup because it looks like whatsapp crypt extractor does not work at the moment.... Give some feedback later on it when im done withe the new device.

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nibelungen Sep 10, 2016

Hey @jberkel,
After Backup of ~50000 messages (nearly all duplicates) i can confirm it still works.
But as mentioned above, media files are not backed up anymore. With or without foldermount. If you have some hint i will try it. But i also accept your decision if you wont support this.

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nibelungen commented Sep 10, 2016

Hey @jberkel,
After Backup of ~50000 messages (nearly all duplicates) i can confirm it still works.
But as mentioned above, media files are not backed up anymore. With or without foldermount. If you have some hint i will try it. But i also accept your decision if you wont support this.

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Hi @nibelungen have you found any solution to backup media files?

Destix commented Sep 21, 2017

Hi @nibelungen have you found any solution to backup media files?

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kleisauke May 24, 2018

As a workaround we reintroduced the WhatsApp-code in our fork. When you build the APK from our source you can backup WhatsApp-messages again, but needs assistance of another app to re-crypt the .crypt12 files of WhatsApp to .crypt (OmniCrypt will do).

https://github.com/andrieslouw/sms-backup-plus

Backing-up media files is not supported.

kleisauke commented May 24, 2018

As a workaround we reintroduced the WhatsApp-code in our fork. When you build the APK from our source you can backup WhatsApp-messages again, but needs assistance of another app to re-crypt the .crypt12 files of WhatsApp to .crypt (OmniCrypt will do).

https://github.com/andrieslouw/sms-backup-plus

Backing-up media files is not supported.

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nibelungen May 24, 2018

Hi @kleisauke is there anything better than using the latest version that supports whatsapp?
Do you know why Backing-up media fails? It also occurs with the latest version that supports whatsapp.

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nibelungen commented May 24, 2018

Hi @kleisauke is there anything better than using the latest version that supports whatsapp?
Do you know why Backing-up media fails? It also occurs with the latest version that supports whatsapp.

best regards

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