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WhatsApp Backup: how to backup WhatsApp chats on Android and iOS manually and automatically

WhatsApp has over two billion monthly active users according to Statista. Owned by Meta (formerly Facebook), WhatsApp is a popular cross-platform instant messaging service that requires a working internet connection for the transmission of messages. Such is the popularity of the instant messaging platform that it has replaced the original SMS for a lot of users worldwide. From family chats to important work and client chats are now routinely done over WhatsApp. As such there are many important chats, data, and group conversations stored in your WhatsApp.

Also read: WhatsApp multi-device support now available: how to link WhatsApp account to other devices

You could lose all of this data if a proper backup is not taken from time to time. Thankfully, WhatsApp has a built-in solution to keep your data backed up. You can choose to backup on your phone’s internal storage or Google Drive associated with the Google account connected with your phone. Moreover, you can manually take a backup or set it to automatically backup the data over a set frequency. Here’s a guide on how to backup WhatsApp chats on Android and iOS mobiles.

WhatsApp backup on Android

Android users can manually backup their chat or setup automatic backup

Android users can manually backup their chat or setup automatic backup

WhatsApp for Android has a powerful chat backup feature built-in. Android users can backup their chats, shared media, documents, and link on their Google Drive. Follow the steps below to backup WhatsApp chats on Android smartphones.

  1. Head to WhatsApp on your smartphone
  2. Click on the three-dot icon in the top right corner
  3. Select Settings from the pop-out menu
  4. Now, click on the Chats section
  5. Scroll down and you’ll see the Chat backup option, click on it
  6. If you have never backed up your chat before, click on the green Back Up button to manually backup the data
  7. You can now set automatic backup of WhatsApp data
  8. Click on Back up to Google Drive and select from Never (your data will not be backed up), Only when I tap Back up (only manual backup), Daily, Weekly, and Monthly
  9. If you have more than one Google associated with your Android device, click on Google Account and select the one which you want to use for backup
  10. Finally, you can select whether to backup data over Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi or cellular

WhatsApp backup on iPhone

iPhone users can enable WhatsApp backup to iCloud storage

iPhone users can enable WhatsApp backup to iCloud storage

iOS users can also take regular backup of their WhatsApp chat manually or automatically. However, in iOS devices, the backup is stored on iCloud storage instead of Google Drive. Here are the steps to take WhatsApp backup on iPhone.

  1. Head to WhatsApp on your iPhone
  2. Click on the gear icon in the bottom right corner to go to Settings
  3. Tap on the Chats option
  4. Select Chat backup
  5. You can now simply click on Back Up Now to manually backup WhatsApp data
  6. If you have connected iCloud storage to your iPhone, you can set up the automatic backup
  7. Click on Auto Backup
  8. Select from Daily, Weekly, Monthly, and Off

How to migrate WhatsApp data from iOS to Android

All users need to transfer WhatsApp data from iPhone to Google Pixel is a USB-C to Lightning cable

All users need to transfer WhatsApp data from iPhone to Google Pixel is a USB-C to Lightning cable

Until very recently, those migrating from iOS to Android and vice versa had a major conundrum of how to transfer WhatsApp data between these two platforms. Considering Google and Apple use different cloud platforms and security protocols. However, there’s good news for iPhone users moving to Android. WhatsApp had already announced the chat migration feature from iPhones to Samsung Galaxy and more recently, for all smartphones running Android 12 out-of-the-box as well as Pixel lineup. Follow the steps below to transfer your WhatsApp data from iOS to Android.

  1. Get your hands on a USB-C to Lightning cable
  2. Connect your iPhone to Android device using the cable
  3. Once connected, you’ll see a QR code on your Android device for transfer
  4. Click on Start on iPhone display and scan the QR code
  5. You can also initiate the transfer from WhatsApp on iPhone by heading to Settings > Chats > Move Chats to Android 

Export WhatsApp chat on Android

Android users can easily export individual chats on WhatApp

Android users can easily export individual chats on WhatsApp

What if you have a secondary WhatsApp number, which has a lot of unnecessary chats with a few important ones? You can export important chats and share through email, WhatsApp, and other options. Here are steps to export individual chats from WhatsApp.

  1. Open WhatsApp on your smartphone
  2. Go to the chat you wish to export
  3. Click on the three-dot icon in the top right corner
  4. Click on the More option
  5. Select Export
  6. Choose your preferred method to export the chat in .txt format

Export WhatsApp chat on iPhone

WhatsApp allows exporting individual chats for record

WhatsApp allows exporting individual chats for record

Just like Android, there’s an option to export individual chats in iOS as well. Here’s a step-by-step guide to do so.

  1. Open WhatsApp on your smartphone
  2. Go to the chat you wish to export
  3. Tap on the profile picture of the recipient
  4. Scroll down to the bottom
  5. You’ll find the Export Chat option, click on it
  6. Choose your preferred method to export the chat in .txt format

WhatsApp backup FAQs

Where can I find my WhatsApp backup in Google Drive?

You can find your WhatsApp backup in the Backups option in your Google Drive. Here are the steps to check WhatsApp backup in Google Drive.

  1. Go to Google Drive
  2. On the left-hand side, you will see Storage option at the bottom
  3. Click on the data usage displayed below Storage
  4. On the next page, you’ll see the Backups button in the top-right corner, click on it
  5. You’ll see all your backups including WhatsApp on the next page
  6. Right-click on the WhatsApp backup to see preview, turn off, or delete the backup

How long do WhatsApp messages stay on Google Drive?

According to the official WhatsApp website, if there have been no backups over a period of one year, in that case, all backups will be automatically erased from Google Drive. Additionally, every time a new backup is created, the older ones are overwritten and cannot be restored.

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