If you lose or damage your phone, you lose a lot more than just a calling device. The real cost comes from all the data you might lose. Yes, Google Photos and Google Drive back up some of your important files, but other apps aren’t automatic. One such app is WhatsApp, but there is a way to make life easier. How to backup WhatsApp and save your data.
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Luckily, it only takes a few minutes to save your information to the cloud and it’s completely free. How to backup WhatsApp and never lose a message again.
To help you with that, you will also find a built-in feature to back up all your messages and media to the cloud via Google Drive. You can schedule it to run automatically every day, week, or month, with the added option of backing up manually at any time.
How to backup WhatsApp
Tap the three dots in the top right, then tap Settings.
Tap Chats, then tap Chat Backup at the bottom.
Configure your WhatsApp backup settings.
At the top of the screen, you’ll see a log of your recent WhatsApp backups, along with an option to back up now. Make sure you do this over Wi-Fi if possible, as backing up media can consume a lot of mobile data.
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Below that, you can choose the Google account you want to back up to, your backup frequency, and more. We recommend not backing up videos as this will quickly eat up your Google Drive storage limit!
It’s worth noting that for now, you can only back up WhatsApp files via Google Drive. If your phone doesn’t have Google Play services (e.g. newer Huawei phones), you may not be able to create a WhatsApp backup using the method above. In addition, WhatsApp backups are not protected by end-to-end encryption like messages, and your Google Drive automatically deletes them after a year of inactivity.
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If you want to install WhatsApp on a new phone, the process of restoring all your messages and media from your backup is easy. Before you start, however, make sure you’re signed in to the same Google account that you used for your backup.
How to restore a WhatsApp backup
Install WhatsApp from Play Store or App Store.
Open WhatsApp and confirm your phone number.
Tap Restore when prompted during setup.
Tap Next and wait for WhatsApp backup to complete.
The app will restore all your messages first and then move on to the media, which may take longer. If you reinstall the app on a phone with a local backup, WhatsApp may use that copy instead. By default, your phone creates local backups every day, so it may contain newer data than your cloud-based backup files.
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