As we all know how important Whatsapp has become in our daily lives. We use it for our daily conversations and also for our businesses. Whatsapp Business is free to download that’s built especially for the business owners. You can create a catalog to show your products and services. You can also connect with your customers easily by using different tools. The most important thing is that you can quickly respond to your customer’s messages. There are a lot more features Whatsapp is offering. It has become a strong part of our daily lives and there’s no denying that our lives are depending on this app. Now, the thing is, the more we use it the more we fear losing our messages and other data.
For most people breaking or losing their smartphone means nothing but the real cost is data. Some files like Google Photos or Google Drive automatically save your data but there are some other apps that don’t automatically backup your data. And one of those apps is the most popular and most used app Whatsapp. There are a lot of people who don’t know how to back up data and their one mistake can cost them years of messages and files.
It just takes a few minutes to create a WhatsApp backup in the Cloud and it’s completely free of cost. This article is about how to back up your WhatsApp data and you will never lose a message again.
How to back up WhatsApp?
Are you worried about backing up your WhatsApp files? There is no need to be worried because they are already backed up on your phone. The app automatically creates a local backup in your phone every night but it needs a wifi connection and enough storage and battery. That’s why only cloud backup can save you if you lose or break your phone.
WhatsApp also has a built-in function to backup all your messages to the cloud through Google Drive. It is scheduled to run weekly, monthly, or even manually whenever you want.
Steps to backup WhatsApp
- On the top right corner of your WhatsApp, you will see three dots. From there open settings
- Tap chats, and then at the bottom, you will see the option of chat backup
- Customize your WhatsApp backup settings
At the top of your WhatsApp screen, you can see when the last backup of your WhatsApp has been created. You can also see the option of backup right away there. Make sure you are connected to the wifi if possible when you do this. Because all this process takes a lot of mobile data.
In the end, you can choose the google account, you want to back up with, backup frequency, and more. I would recommend that you don’t back up videos because it will quickly eat your Google Drive storage capacity.
The most important thing is, you can only back up Whatsapp files through Google Drive for now. If your phone does not have Google Play Services like Huawei, you may not be able to create a Whatsapp backup using the above method. Also, WhatsApp backups are not protected by end-to-end encryption like the Whatsapp messages, and they will be automatically deleted from your Google Drive account after one year of inactivity.
Restoring a Whatsapp backup
When you want to install WhatsApp on a new phone, the process of restoring your WhatsApp chats and media through your backup is simple. Before you start the process, make sure that you have logged into the same Google account that you used for your backup. Follow our lead to restore your WhatsApp data.
- Install WhatsApp through the Play Store or App Store
- Open WhatsApp and verify your phone number
- During setup, click on the restore
- Tap Next and wait for some time for WhatsApp backup to be completed
WhatsApp will restore your messages first and then move towards the media because the media will take more time to restore. If you are reinstalling the app on a phone that already has a local backup, WhatsApp may use that copy instead. As we all know that by default local backups are created every day so it may have the most recent data regardless of your cloud-based backup files.
WhatsApp backup on iPhone
The first thing you need to do is to make sure that you have turned on iCloud and set up the WhatsApp backup data. For this do the following steps.
- Open settings
- Tap the Apple ID banner
- Tap iCloud
- Scroll to the bottom of the page
- Next to Whatsapp there will be a green option, turn it on to give WhatsApp iCloud access
Backup your data to iCloud
Open WhatsApp from the Homescreen. Tap on settings. In the bottom right corner, you will see the gear icon. Tap the chats button. The tap on chat backup. Tap on backup now to transfer your chat data to your iCloud storage. If you want that iCloud to store your data automatically, you can do so from there. Tap to Auto-backup and your data will be backed up automatically every night. Tap on the backup frequency and select any one option from daily, weekly, and monthly. To go back to the last menu you have to tap Chat backup. If you want to include videos in your back up you have to tap the switch next to.
Now when you have backed up everything, you can easily restore your WhatsApp data if you reinstall WhatsApp on any other iOS device. If you want to transfer your data to a new phone, make sure that you have backed up everything on the iCloud. And when you are going through your new phone’s set up process, simply restore your chat history.
That’s all you need to know about how to create a backup of WhatsApp on Android and iOS. And how to restore WhatsApp data when you install the app on another mobile.