how to backup whatsapp messages?

WhatsApp is a very popular instant messaging app for iPhone, Android and more mobile phones. We have been discussing about WhatsApp a lot in recent article. Like any other data on our computers or mobile phones, we have to backup WhatsApp messages regularly so in case of data loss, you can restore WhatsApp messages. Although you can recover deleted WhatsApp messages without backups using professional iPhone recovery software, by make your own backup using the built-in backup tool is still the best way to keep your important WhatsApp data safe. In this article, we will describe how to backup WhatsApp messages on iPhone and how to backup WhatsApp message on Android phones. You can find extra tips to backup WhatsApp photos and videos at the end of this post.

How to backup WhatsApp messages on iPhone?

There are extra tools can help you backup WhatsApp messages. For example if you use WhatsApp on iPhone, you can backup WhatsApp message from iPhone to computer using iTunes. Except that, we have also figured out several other ways.

Backup WhatsApp chats from iPhone to computer using iPhone data backup

An easier way however is to follow this tutorial to export WhatsApp chats and files from iPhone to computer. This solution can help you extract WhatsApp data from phone to computer as readable, user-friendly files, unlike those iTunes backup files that are encrypted.

Backup WhatsApp chats from iPhone to computer using WhatsApp transfer & backup

WhatsApp Transfer, Backup and Restore is a specialized tool for iOS users to transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to Android, from iPhone to another iPhone, backup WhatsApp chats from iPhone to computer. Check out this guide to backup WhatsApp chats from iPhone to computer in easy steps with this tool.

Backup WhatsApp chats from iPhone to iCloud

Another easy way is to enable iCloud backup on iPhone which can backup WhatsApp messages, your media, from iPhone to iCloud server. If you prefer to upload your WhatsApp data to iCloud servers other than your own computer, you can follow these steps.

  1. Go to Settings >> iCloud >> Documents & Data
  2. Turn on Documents & data to allow apps to store documents and data in iCloud.
  3. Find and enable WhatsApp iCloud backup.
  4. Run WhatsApp app on iPhone.
  5. Go to WhatsApp Settings >> Chat Settings >> Chat Backup.
  6. You can tap on Back Up Now to backup WhatsApp messages manually.
  7. Alternatively go to Auto Backup to schedule daily, weekly or monthly WhatsApp backup.

backup whatsapp messages on iphone

Backup WhatsApp chats from iPhone to Email

Except iCloud, you can also backup WhatsApp messages through email. You can refer to this guide for more methods and detailed instructions to backup WhatsApp messages on iPhone.

How to backup WhatsApp messages on Android phones?

WhatsApp for Android offers different ways to backup itself from its iOS counterpart. You can easily backup WhatsApp messages on Android phones within the WhatsApp settings. Run WhatsApp on Android phone, press the Menu button on your phone to bring up main WhatsApp Settings panel. Then go to Chat Settings, you will find a Backup conversations option with the latest backup made date and time if any. You can manually press this option to manually backup WhatsApp messages immediately. This will save your WhatsApp chat history on the internal storage on mobile phone. Like backing up WhatsApp on iPhone, the Android version also allows you to send or backup WhatsApp messages through email. For more specific instructions, see how to backup WhatsApp messages on Android phones?
backup whatsapp messages on Android phone

Backup WhatsApp Photos and Videos on iPhone & Android Phones

Photos & videos you received through WhatsApp will be saved to its media folder. On Android phones, you can directly access WhatsApp media files through the Gallery app on your mobile phone. On iPhone however you need to manually save photos and videos from WhatsApp to Camera Roll. When the photos and videos are saved in your Gallery for Android or Camera Roll for iPhone, you can transfer or backup them from mobile phone to computer just like you back up other media files.

Restore WhatsApp chats without backups

If you did not backup WhatsApp messages, you can still restore WhatsApp messages without backups. Apple users can refer to this guide to recover deleted WhatsApp messages on iPhone without backups or check out this tutorial to recover deleted WhatsApp messages on Android phones without backups.

Feel free to leave us a message in the comment section below if you still have trouble backing up WhatsApp data on iPhone or Android phones.

Update: this article was originally published in 2016 and has since been updated with the new WhatsApp Transfer, Backup and Restore tool that provides us an easier way to backup Whatsapp chat history from iPhone to computer.