This article published by MiniTool mainly talks about how to back up and restore WhatsApp messages files and media data. Also, it teaches you how to export chat history from the App server to your own storage space. This post applies to the Android phone and iPhone.

About WhatsApp

WhatsApp, full name WhatsApp Messenger, is an American free cross-platform and Voice over IP (VoIP) service developed by WhatsApp Inc. and owned by the Facebook company. With it, users can send text and voice messages, make video and voice calls, as well as share images, documents, user locations, and other media.

WhatsApp client application mainly runs on mobile devices, yet it is also accessible from desktop computers as long as the user’s mobile device remains connected to the internet while he is using the desktop version.

How to Backup WhatsApp Messages?

The chat history of your WhatsApp is backed up daily at 2:00 AM to your phone’s memory automatically. You can also set to back up your chats to Google Drive in the cloud. If you want to uninstall the App from your smartphone while keeping your messages, you should manually back up them before the uninstallation.

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WhatsApp Backup with BACK UP Feature

The following are the steps for backing up WhatsApp chat messages.

Step 1. Tap More options (three dots) in the application.

Step 2. Go to Settings > Chats > Chat backup.

Step 3. There, select BACK UP.

WhatsApp Chat Backup by Exporting Chat History

You can also create a backup copy or transfer the location of your WhatsApp messages relying on the Export Chat function.

Step 1. Open the group or individual chat on WhatsApp.

Step 2. Tap More options and choose More > Export chat.

Step 3. Decide whether to export with media or not. If you select to export with media, the most recent media sent will be added as attachments in the backup copy.

Step 4. An email attached with a .txt file containing your WhatsApp chat history will be sent to you.

Tip: When exporting with media, you can export up to 10,000 latest messages. While exporting without media, you can send up to 40,000 messages. It is due to the maximum attachment size of a single email.
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How to Backup WhatsApp to Cloud Drives?

Instead of location addresses, you are able to back up your WhatsApp messages to cloud storage like Google Drive and iCloud. If you choose to backup WhatsApp to either cloud, the chat histories are not saved on WhatsApp servers, messages and media backed up are not protected by WhatsApp end-to-end encryption, and WhatsApp cannot retrieve any of your deleted messages.

How to Backup WhatsApp to Google Drive?

To back up WhatsApp to GDrive, you should log into target google drive account on your phone, install Google Play services (an app used to update Google apps and apps from Google Play Store) on your mobile, make sure there is enough free storage space on your phone and a strong & stable Internet connection.

Automatically Back up to Google Drive

Step 1. Launch WhatsApp.

Step 2. Move to More options > Settings > Chats > Chat backup.

Step 3. Under Chat backup, select Account to choose the Google account you want to back up chat history to.

Tip: If you change your Google account, you can’t access any backups stored in that account. 

Step 4.  Under Chat backup, select Back up over to choose the type of network you’d like to use to do the backup.

Tip: Doing backups over a cellular data network might cause an additional data fee.

Step 5. Under Chat backup, select Back up to Google Drive and choose a backup frequency.

Manually Back up to Google Drive

Instead of automatically creating a backup and saving it to Google cloud at a set frequency, you can still manually back up to Google cloud drive any time you prefer. The process is similar to the above WhatsApp Backup with BACK UP Feature.

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How to Back up WhatsApp to iCloud?

How to back up chat history to iCloud or how to backup WhatsApp on iPhone? Just follow the below guide.

Similarly, there are also automatic backup and manual backup.

Automatic WhatsApp Backup to iCloud

To automatically back up to iCloud, you should ensure to sign in the Apple ID of the target iCloud, upgrade your system to iOS 9 or later version, turn on iCloud Drive, and spare out at least 2.05 times free space on your phone than the actual size of your WhatsApp history. 

Step 1. Open WhatsApp.

Step 2. Switch to Settings > Chats > Chat backup > Auto Backup.

Step 3. Specify how frequently you’d like to back up your WhatsApp messages.

Then, it will back up your chats and media to your iCloud account. You can choose to exclude or include videos from the backup. It will take some time to complete the backup task, depending on how much data you set to back up and how fast your bandwidth is.

Manual WhatsApp Backup to iCloud

  1. launch WhatsApp.
  2. Go to Settings > Chats > Chat backup > Back Up Now.
  3. Set the backup location as target iCloud.

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Restore WhatsApp from Backup

Usually, users restore WhatsApp data to recover deleted messages or transfer chat history to another place. You can achieve this by restoring them from a local backup or a Google Drive backup.

Restore WhatsApp from a Local Backup

WhatsApp automatically backs up its messages and stores them to your phone; your phone can save up to the last 7 days of backup files. To restore a less recent local backup, just follow the following guidance.

Step 1. Download a file manager app.

Step 2. In the file manager app, go to sdcard/WhatsApp/Databases. If you can’t find your backup there, just try to look up the internal or main storage of your phone.

Step 3. Rename the backup file you are going to restore from msgstore-YYYY-MM-DD.1.db.crypt12 to msgstore.db.crypt12, for example. Don’t change the number of the crypt extension.

Step 4. Uninstall WhatsApp.

Step 5. Reinstall WhatsApp and tap RESTORE when prompted.

Restore WhatsApp from Google Drive

Step 1. Log in to the Google account, the one you created the backup with.

Step 2. Uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp.

Step 3. Launch WhatsApp and verify your number.

Step 4. When prompted, tap RESTORE to restore your WhatsApp messages, videos, etc. from Google Drive.

Step 5. When the restoration is done, select NEXT.

Step 6. When the initialization finishes, your chats will be displayed.

Step 7. Next, it will start to restore your media files.

Tip: If you reinstall WhatsApp without any previous WhatsApp backups from Google cloud. It will automatically restore from one of your local automatic backups.
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