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How to Backup WhatsApp Messages from a smartphone

WhatsApp is a popular messaging app for Android and iOS. It allows you to chat with multiple friends, create groups, send/receive media files, documents, live locations, create WhatsApp backup, and so on. There are also many WhatsApp tips and tricks that you are unaware of. It has a dark mode, hide last scene, group calling, message disappearance, improved voice messages, reactions, and other cool features.

Before factory resetting your device or switching from your old smartphone to a new one, make a backup of all your chats, documents, photos, videos, and other media files. So that if you reinstall WhatsApp, you can easily restore all of your previous messages. In this guide, we will tell you how to backup WhatsApp messages on Android and iOS devices.

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How to Backup WhatsApp

Before you begin, ensure WhatsApp is installed on your smartphone and you are logged into your account. If it’s already done, you’re good to go.

WhatsApp offers a built-in feature that allows users to back up all the messages and media into a local drive as well as cloud storage ( i.e. Google Drive). It also allows you to schedule your backup to run automatically on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.

Here’s how to back up WhatsApp messages:

Step 1: Open the WhatsApp app on your Android or iPhone.

WhatsApp App

Step 2: Tap on three verticle dots from the top right corner to open Whatsapp settings

Step 3: Now, select the Chats option from Settings.

Backup WhatsApp

Step 4: Then, scroll down to the bottom and tap on Chat Backup

WhatsApp Chat Backup

Step 5: All you have to do is just tap on the green ‘BACK UP‘ button to initiate a backup on your local drive. Wait till it completes successfully. (You can also turn of End-to-end encrypted backup to secure your messages if you want).

Big Green Back up button on WhatsApp

Step 6: Alternatively, you can back up your chats into Google Drive and never worry about losing them. To do that, scroll down a bit and select the option “Back up to Google Drive” and setup your Google Account. You can turn on “Include videos” option if you want to backup WhatsApp videos as well.

Choose message backup time period

Step 6 (Optional): You can also choose back up carrier over WiFi or cellular network by turning on/off “Back up using cellular option“.

Choose your network to backup WhatsApp messages

You can view WhatsApp backups in WhatsApp folder in your file manager app. However, if you enable end-to-end encryption, it makes your backup more secure with encryption feature.

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How to Restore WhatsApp Messages

How to restore WhatsApp messages on Android or iPhone

Once you create a Backup, it can easily be restored when you install WhatsApp on your Android or iPhone. Here’s how to restore WhatsApp messages:

  • Open WhatsApp
  • Enter & Verify your Mobile Number
  • Allow storage and other permissions
  • Now A Backup Popup will show up. Just Single Tap on the Restore Option to restore WhatsApp messages on your phone.

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Bottom Line

This guide helps you to backup WhatsApp and restore messages on your smartphone. With new WhatsApp update, you can also enable end-to-end encryption feature to secure your messages from hackers and other users. I hope you like the content. Subscribe us for more WhatsApp guides and latest articles.

Ashish Pandey
Ashish Pandeyhttps://techsettle.com
Ashish Pandey is a professional content writer for Tech Settle. He covers the latest news, smartphones, apps, howtos tutorials, and the good and bad of tech.


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