How to backup WhatsApp chats

As you already know, WhatsApp is a great application to communicate with your family and friends. It provides you a lot of options such as texting, sending pictures, videos, or voice mails. But, when you get the new device and install the WhatsApp again, or when the factory reset your smartphone, all the data from the WhatsApp may be lost.

In order to prevent this, you must have been asking yourself how to backup WhatsApp chats? Well, there are a couple of solutions, and we are going to explain them to you.

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It is a very easy procedure to back up your WhatsApp chats, whether you own an Android smartphone or iPhone. The procedure is slightly different, but yet quite easy for both kinds of devices.

You can restore your data from Google Drive, as well as from local back up. For successful Google Drive back up, you have to use the same Google account to create back up and the same phone number.

Backup on Android

To back up your messages and data from WhatsApp chats on Android devices, this is what you need to do. Open WhatsApp on your phone, and choose the menu represented by three dots. It is placed in the upper right corner of the screen. In the list of options, choose Settings and proceed to the Chats heading. You are going to see there the Chat backup option. Click on it and choose the Backup option on the next screen. The button is shown in the green color.

Before you start back up, make sure that you turn the option that allows you to include the video backup. The option is listed as the last one. You should also select the account to use for your WhatsApp backup.

You can also make a schedule for backup when the app will automatically do the backup to Google Drive. The backup can be set on daily, weekly, monthly but also on manually way of backing up or never to backup chats and data.

Now, when you have set all the backup options, once you change your device or reset it, during the installation of WhatsApp next time, it will offer you to restore all backup data.

Backup on iPhone

To back up data and messages on the iPhone, you should follow these steps. First, open the WhatsApp and choose the Settings menu in the lower right corner on your screen. When you open the Settings menu, there will be a Chats option. Get there, and click on the Chat Backup option.

In this heading, you are going to see the option Backup now, Auto Backup, and option to allow the video backups. Choosing the Backup now option, the process will start. Under the Auto Backup, it will be done regularly on your iCloud account. You can set how often do you want the automatic backup to happen. Before staring make sure that iCloud is turned on, as well as WhatsApp.

Now, when you reset your iPhone or buy another one, you can restore your data. Download the WhatsApp from the Apple Store, and start it. After configuring the WhatsApp, here is the most important part. If you do not accept to restore data immediately, you will not be able to do it later. So, press the restore button and you will have all your data restored from iCloud.

Local backup

If you like using local backup, then you should transfer the data to the new device using an SD card, computer, or file explorer. Local backups are automatically created at the same time every day and saved to your phone as a file. The phone stores the data for the last seven days.