Contents of Post
- 1 How To Simply Backup And Restore Whatsapp Messages In SD Card,G-Drive and iCloud?
- 1.1 For Android
- 1.2 Google Drive
- 1.3 Restoring Or Transferring a Backup
- 1.4 To Restore a Less Recent Local Backup
- 1.5 For iPhone
- 1.6 Troubleshooting iCloud problems
How To Simply Backup And Restore Whatsapp Messages In SD Card,G-Drive and iCloud?
Every Time More Than a Billion Users Use Whatsapp For Sending Messages, Making Calls And Sharing Media Files. Conversation Exchange Is Easy, Quick, And Acute With This App, And Hence, It Has Become a Large Messaging App Today.
There Are Times When We Accidentally Delete Chats And Lose Out Our Important Messages. One Solution To This Is- Backup The Chat. This Will Ensure That Even If The Original One Is Lost, There Is Still a Copy To Refer.
You Can Back Up Your Whatsapp Data Using Google Drive And/Or a Local Backup. Local Backups Will Be Automatically Created Every Day At 2am And They Will Be Saved As a File In Your Phone.
You Can Back Up Your Chats And Media To Google Drive, So If You Switch Android Phones Or Get a New One, Your Chats And Media Are Transferrable.
How To Back Up To Google Drive
- Open Whatsapp.
- Tap The Menu Button> Settings > Chats > Chat Backup.
- Here You Can Tap Back UpTo Create An Immediate Backup, And You Can Also Tap On Back Up To Google Drive To Set Up a Backup Frequency.
- If You Do Not Have a Google Account Already Set Up, Tap Add AccountWhen Prompted.
- Tap On Back Up OverTo Choose The Network You Wish To Use For Backing Up. Please Note That Backing Up Over Cellular May Result In Additional Data Charges.
Important Notes About Google Drive
- The First Backup May Take a While To Complete. Please Leave Your Phone Connected To a Power Source.
- You Can Change Your Chat Backup Frequency, The Google Account You Back Up To And Which Connection To Use For Backup At Any Time In Menu Button> Settings > Chats > Chat Backup.
- Every Time You Create a Google Drive Backup Using The Same Google Account, The Previous Google Drive Backup Will Be Overwritten. There Is No Way To Restore An Older Google Drive Backup.
- Media And Messages You Back Up Are Not Protected By Whatsapp End-To-End Encryption While In Google Drive.
Restoring Or Transferring a Backup
Whatsapp Will Ask You To Restore Your Chats And Media From a Backup When You Verify Your Number. Simply Tap Restore When Prompted To. If Whatsapp Does Not Detect a Backup, It Could Be Because:
- You Are Not Logged Into The Same Google Account.
- You Are Not Using The Same Phone Number That Was Used To Create The Backup.
- Your Sd Card And/Or Chat History Is Corrupted.
- A Backup File Does Not Exist On The Google Drive Account Or Locally On Your Phone.
Note: The Easiest Way To Transfer Data To a New Phone Is By Using Google Drive. If You Want To Use a Local Backup, You Will Need To Transfer The Files To The New Phone Using a Computer, File Explorer Or Sd Card. If Your Data Is Not Stored On The /Sdcard/Whatsapp/ Folder, You May See “Internal Storage” Or “Main Storage” Folders.
To Restore a Less Recent Local Backup
Your Phone Will Store Up To The Last 7 Days Worth Of Local Backup Files (Google Drive Will Only Have The Most Recent One). If You Wish To Restore a Local Backup Which Is Not The Most Recent One, You Will Need To Do The Following:
- Download a File Manager App.
- In The File Manager App, Navigate To Sdcard/Whatsapp/Databases. If Your Data Is Not Stored On The Sd Card, You May See “Internal Storage” Or “Main Storage” Instead Of Sdcard.
- Rename The Backup File You Wish To Restore From Msgstore-Yyyy-Mm-Dd.1.Db.Crypt12To 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.
- Uninstall Whatsapp.
- Install Whatsapp.
- Tap Restore When Asked.
Troubleshooting Backup And Restoration Issues
For Problems Related To Google Drive Backup Creation
- Verify That You Added a Google Account To Your Phone.
- Verify That You Have Enough Available Space In Your Google Drive Account To Create a Backup.
- Verify That You Have Google Play Services Installed On Your Phone. Note: Google Play Services Is Only Available On Android 2.3.4 And Higher.
- If You Are Attempting To Back Up On a Cellular Data Network, Make Sure That You Have Data For Both Whatsapp And Google Play Services. Please Contact Your Provider If You Are Unsure.
- Try To Create a Backup Over a Different Network (For Example, Try Connecting To Wi-Fi If You Are Unable To Back Up Over a Cellular Network).
For Problems Related To Google Drive Backup Restoration
- Make Sure That You Are Trying To Restore a Backup Using The Same Phone Number And Google Account That The Backup Was Created On.
- Make Sure That There Is Enough Space On Your Phone To Restore The Backup.
- Make Sure That You Have Google Play Services Installed In Your Phone. Note: Google Play Services Is Only Available On Android 2.3.4 And Higher.
- Make Sure Your Battery Is Fully Charged Or Your Phone Is Plugged Into a Power Source.
- Make Sure Your Phone Has a Strong And Stable Internet Connection. If Restoring Using Cellular Network Does Not Work, Please Try Wi-Fi.
To make a manual backup of your chats at any time, go to WhatsApp Settings > Chats > Chat Backup and tap Back Up Now. You can also enable automatic, scheduled backups by tapping Auto Backup and then choosing your backup frequency. 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.
- You must have iOS 7 or later.
- You must be signed into iCloud ( iPhone Settings > iCloud).
- For iOS 7: Documents & Data (iPhone Settings > iCloud > Documents & Data) must be set to ON.
For iOS 8 and later: iCloud Drive (iPhone Settings > iCloud > iCloud Drive) must be set to ON.
- There must be enough free space on both your iCloud and your iPhone.
Using iCloud on cellular data
If you are concerned about your cellular data usage, we recommend that you limit your iCloud to only back up on Wi-Fi. To disable iCloud while on cellular data, go to iPhone Settings > iCloud > iCloud Drive for iOS 8 and later or iPhone Settings > iCloud > Documents & Data for iOS 7 turn Use Cellular Data off.
Recover chat history from iCloud
To recover your chat history from an iCloud backup, first verify that an iCloud backup exists in WhatsApp Settings > Chats > Chat Backup. If you can see when the last backup was performed, delete and reinstall the app from the App Store. After verifying your phone number, follow the on-screen prompts to restore your chat history. The same iCloud backup requirements apply for iCloud restore. In addition, the phone number used for backing up and restoring must be the same. You cannot restore the chat history from another WhatsApp account. If you share an iCloud account, this will allow you to keep your backups separate.
Troubleshooting iCloud problems
If you are having problems backing up to or restoring from iCloud, this is likely not an issue with WhatsApp but with the iCloud account.
If you are unable to create a backup, please try the following:
- Verify that you are logged into iCloud in iPhone Settings > iCloud.
- Verify that iCloud Drive is turned on in iPhone Settings > iCloud. If you are on iOS 7, you will see Documents & Data instead of iCloud Drive.
- If you are trying to backup on an iPhone with iOS 7, verify that no other device using your Apple ID has ever had iCloud Drive turned on. If you have turned iCloud Drive on for any device using your Apple ID, you will not be able to upload data on iOS 7. Even if iCloud Drive was previously turned on and then turned off, you will not be able to back up on an iOS 7 device. You would need to update to iOS 8 or later to back up.
- 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.
- If you are attempting a backup on a cellular data network, make sure you have Use Cellular Data turned on in iPhone Settings > iCloud > iCloud Drive for iOS 8 and later or iPhone Settings > iCloud > Documents & Data for iOS 7.
- Perform a manual backup by tapping “Back Up Now” in WhatsApp Settings > Chats > Chat Backup and keep WhatsApp open until that screen says “uploading”.
- Attempt the manual backup on a different network – preferably the network you connect to most. iCloud is designed to work best when you attempt a backup in the geographical location from which you connect most frequently.
If you are unable to restore a backup, please try the following:
- Verify that you are attempting to restore data from the same phone number and iCloud account that the backup was created on.
- Verify that there is enough room on your iPhone to restore the backup. You can see the available space on your phone in iPhone Settings > General > About.
- Verify that you have your iCloud Drive turned on in iPhone Settings > iCloud > iCloud Drive. If you are on iOS 7, you will see Documents & Data instead of iCloud Drive.
- If the backup was created using iCloud Drive, you will not be able to restore that backup on any device that is not on iOS 8 or later.
- If you have turned on iCloud Drive for any device using your Apple ID, you will not be able to restore data on your iPhone unless it has iOS 8 or later.
- Attempt the restoration from a different network – preferably the network you connect to most. iCloud is designed to work best when you attempt to restore in the geographical location from which you connect most frequently.
If you have previously backed up your iPhone using iTunes or iCloud, you may be able retrieve your WhatsApp chats by restoring your iPhone from a previous iPhone backup. Learn more about backing up and restoring your iPhone from this Apple Support page.
You can also email yourself a chat history if you would like to save a conversation:
- Open the WhatsApp conversation you want to email.
- Tap the contact’s name or group subject in the navigation bar.
- Scroll to the bottom and tap Export Chat.
- Select if you want to Attach Media or email the conversation Without Media.
- Select the Mail app. (Or tap More for more options.)
- Enter your email address and tap Send.