How to Back Up WhatsApp Chat Messages on iPhone

How to Back Up or Restore WhatsApp Chat Messages and Photos on iPhone and Android Device

Who wants to have an interaction with shocking incidents? The pretty simple answer is–“No one.” Let’s take a case for example! You hadn’t backed up your WhatsApp chat history on your iPhone, and suddenly your little kid unknowingly deletes the app along with all of its associated data. Wouldn’t you regret not offering the additional layer of safeguard to your messages? Most probably, you would.

WhatsApp lets you back up the data both manually and automatically. And depending on your need, you can set the app to back up the data every day, weekly, or even monthly. If you ever face an unexpected situation (like the one I mentioned above), you can restore your WhatsApp chat history as and when you want. Without making much ado, let me show you how it works!

How to Backup/Restore WhatsApp Chat Messages and Photos on iPhone

To get started, ensure that iCloud Drive is turned on for WhatsApp Backup. Open Settings app → Apple ID banner → iCloud → Turn on the switch next to iCloud Drive and then ensure that the switch next to WhatsApp is turned on.

Turn ON iCloud Drive for WhatsApp Backup on iPhone

Step #1. Launch WhatsApp on your iPhone.

Launch WhatsApp on iPhone

Step #2. Now, tap on the Settings icon at the bottom right corner.

Tap on Settings in WhatsApp

Note: On your Android device, tap on the menu button at the top right corner and select Settings.

Step #3. Next, tap on Chats and then hit Chat Backup.

Tap on Chats and then Select Chat Backup in WhatsApp

Step #4. Next up, you have the option to include videos in your backup. If you want to bring all of your sent/received clips onboard, make sure to turn on the switch next to Include Videos. Then, tap on Back Up Now.

Tap on Back Up Now to Restore WhatsApp Chat Messages and Photos on iPhone

Up next, let the app back up your chat history peacefully. The time it takes to get it done depends on the size of the file and the Internet speed.

Auto Back-Up WhatsApp Chat History

If you don’t want to back up the chat history manually, go for the auto-backup option. You can choose to get it done daily, weekly, or monthly. To do so, follow the same steps mentioned above and then tap on Auto-Backup. Next, select the preferred frequency.

Tip: If you are on limited bandwidth or don’t want to use the cellular data to back up the chat, go to Settings app → Cellular → iCloud Drive and turn off the switch next to it. From now onwards, WhatsApp will use only your Wi-Fi to back up the data.

Turn Off Cellular data to Back up the WhatsApp chat on iPhone

How to Restore WhatsApp Chat Messages and Photos from Backup on iPhone

The backup you made using the steps above will be stored in your iCloud account. To restore that backup, follow the steps mentioned below.

Step #1. Before you do anything else, double-check that you’re logged in using the same Apple ID which was used while making the backup.

Step #2. If not already installed, install WhatsApp on your iPhone and launch it.

Step #3. Make sure to use the same phone number to sign in to WhatsApp.

Step #4. Upon signing in, you’ll be asked to restore the backup from iCloud. Hit “Restore Chat History” and then let the process be completed successfully.

Restore WhatsApp Chat Messages and Photos from Backup on iPhone

Note: Your photos and other media will restore in the background once the messages have been restored.

That’s pretty much it!

Over to you:

Now that you know how to offer an extra layer of safeguard to your chat history, make the most of this feature to keep your messages protected. Have any feedback? Shoot it down below in the comments section.

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The founder of iGeeksBlog, Dhvanesh, is an Apple aficionado, who cannot stand even a slight innuendo about Apple products. He dons the cap of editor-in-chief to make sure that articles match the quality standard before they are published.

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