WhatsApp with over a billion users worldwide, is most popular messaging app. It is available for various kinds of smartphones powered by Android, iOS, Symbian and Windows. It is a very good tool to exchange multimedia content such as text messages, voice messages, photos, videos etc with families and friends. Some of these Multimedia content are very important and you don’t want to loose them. So it is important that you make the backup of your WhatsApp chats to avoid any loos of important messages. Here is a complete guide on how you can backup and restore WhatsApp chats on Android & iPhone.
How To Backup And Restore WhatsApp Chats?
There are many ways by which you can backup and restore WhatsApp chats on both iPhone and Android. For Android powered smartphones you can use memory or SD card to make local back of WhatsApp chats. You can also use Google Drive app on your Android phones for backup and restore. To backup and restore WhatsApp chats on iPhones and iPads you can either use iCloud or iTunes. Some of these easy and best methods are described below.
How to Backup WhatsApp Chats in Android Phone Memory/SD card?
WhatsApp makes a local backup of all your chats on your Android phone memory or SD card. WhatsApp takes the backup automatically everyday by default. But if you wish, you can also create a backup manually. Open WhatsApp and hit the menu button (three vertical dots on the top-right) > Settings > Chat > Chat Backup > Back Up. All backups are stores in your Android Phone’s WhatsApp/Databases Folder as “msgstore.db.crypt7”. To access this folder, you need to have a file manager installed on your phone.Your phone will store up to the last 7 days worth of local backup files on your Android phone.
How to Restore WhatsApp Chats From Android Phone Memory/SD card?
The restore is only possible if the back files are not deleted. To restore conversations from a backup, uninstall WhatsApp and find the correct backup file from the WhatsApp database folder. There you will find WhatsApp backup files with date as “msgstore-YYYY-MM-DD.1.db.crypt12”. Rename the backup file you wish to restore from msgstore-YYYY-MM-DD.1.db.crypt12 to msgstore.db.crypt12. It is possible that an earlier backup may be on an earlier protocol, such as crypt9 or crypt10. Do not change the number of the crypt extension.
Now reinstall WhatsApp on your Android device. Accept terms and condition and verify your phone number. Make sure you are using the same phone number that was used to create the backup. After verification WhatsApp will show a message saying that Chat Backup Found. Tap Restore, then the application will help your retrieve your chat history with the previous backup. Choose the correct backup file from the database and wait for the conversations to appear in the app. Congratulations! You have successfully restored your WhatsApp chat history.
If unable to restore WhatsApp chats backup, it could be that:
1) Your SD card and WhatsApp backup may have been damaged.
2) Your backup is too old to recover. Make sure you import your chat history before the file expires, as backup files are only valid for 7 days after last saved.
3) You have a different number than when you made the backup.
How to backup WhatsApp Chats to Google Drive?
You can also use Google Drive to back up your WhatsApp Chats and media. Google Drive is free app and it is available to all Android Phones. Open WhatsApp and tap on Menu Button > Settings > Chats > Chat Backup. Under Google Drive settings tap on Back up to Google Drive to set up a backup frequency. And setup in which account you want to backup your WhatsApp chats. Now, tap on “Back up over” to choose whether to backup when connected to only Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi and cellular both. Please note that backing up over cellular may result in additional data charges. Select Include Videos box if you want your WhatsApp videos also to be backed up on Google Drive. Tap on Back up to create an immediate backup of your chats and media.
Some Important Note
1) The first backup may take a while to complete. Please leave your phone connected to a power source.
2) Media and messages you back up are not protected by WhatsApp end-to-end encryption in Google Drive.
3) Every time you create a Google Drive backup using the same Google account, the previous Google Drive backup will be overwritten.
How to restore WhatsApp Chats From Google Drive?
Make sure that you are trying to restore a backup using the same phone number and Google account that the backup was created on.
How To Backup WhatsApp Chats on iCloud using iPhone?
There are a few different ways to backup WhatsApp messages on your iPhone or iPad, but the easiest is by using iCloud backup. WhatsApp for iPhone uses Apple’s iCloud service to back up your WhatsApp Messages. WhatsApp backup on iPhone can be done both manually and automatic.
To make the manual backup of your chats at any time, first go to Settings > iCloud and turn on iCloud Drive (for iOS 7: iPhone Settings > iCloud and turn on Documents & Data). Then open WhatsApp and navigate to WhatsApp Settings > Chats > Chat Backup and tap Back Up Now.
You can also enable automatic or scheduled backups by tapping Auto Backup and then choosing your backup frequency. Change the backup frequency to Daily to avoid any data loss. This will back up your chats and media to your iCloud account. You can choose to include or exclude videos from the backup. The iCloud backup process can take a while to complete, depending on your Internet connection and backup size.
If you are unable to create a backup, please Verify that you have enough available space in your iCloud account to create a backup. You can see how much space is available on your iCloud in iPhone Settings > iCloud > Storage.
How To Restore WhatsApp Chat from iCloud on iPhone?
Before you uninstall WhatsApp from your iPhone, first verify that an iCloud backup exists by going to WhatsApp Settings > Chats > Chat Backup. If you see the back up there then you can uninstall WhatsApp from your iPhone. Now reinstall WhatsApp and confirm your phone number (phone number should be same as the one used on your old phone). After verifying your phone number, follow the on-screen prompts to restore your chat history from iCloud.
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So these are some of the easy and best way to backup and restore WhatsApp chats on your Android and iPhone. There are other ways also to make the backup of WhatsApp and restore, but a lot of the other methods involve installing third party applications. If you like this article please SHARE IT and Like Us on Facebook. Leave a comment if you face any trouble while backing up or restoring WhatsApp chats. Also, if you know any other way to backup and restore WhatsApp chats, please tell us in comment box below. You can also contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for any other assistance or feedback.