How to Backup WhatsApp History on Android/iOS - 2023

Bradley Harvey | Sep 16, 2022

A senior programmer well-versed in the mechanics of platforms like WhatsApp.

Many users find it worthy to backup their WhatsApp history as it contains information or memories that they find dear to them to avoid losing the data.

This article introduces some key ways that users should use to back up their WhatsApp history. The ways discussed are for iOS and Android devices and others like Mobitrix are for both iOS and Android.

Part1: The recommended backup option for both Android and iOS.

1. Mobitrix WhatsApp Transfer

Mobitrix WhatsApp Transfer is a third-party transfer tool for WhatsApp that provides the ease and efficiency needed to create and restore WhatsApp backup whether on an Android or iOS phone.

How to backup WhatsApp history on Android via Mobitrix

Here’s how to backup your WhatsApp from your Android phone using Mobitrix.

  1. Download and install Mobitrix on your computer. Launch Mobitrix.
  2. Connect your Android device to the computer and select the option to backup to devices.
  3. Click the option to “Back Up”. Let the process proceed uninterrupted.
  4. backup android whatsapp history to pc

    backup android whatsapp history to pc

Your data is now completely backed up to your computer.

How to backup WhatsApp history on iPhone via Mobitrix

To back up your WhatsApp to your computer using Mobitrix, do the following.

  1. Download and install Mobitrix on your computer. Launch Mobitrix.
  2. Connect the iPhone to your PC. Once your iPhone is recognized, select the option to back up. You will be notified once the backup process completes.
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    backup iphone whatsapp history to pc

Why use Mobitrix?

  • It works both for iOS and Android devices.
  • You can selectively back up your WhatsApp history.
  • No extra charges are required with Mobitrix.
  • Mobitrix unlike Google Drive has no limitation on storage.
  • Using Mobitrix you need not uninstall your WhatsApp.

2. Through Email

Backing up via email is best suited when it’s a single conversation that you want to send.

The steps are:

  1. Open the chat on WhatsApp that you want to email.
  2. At the top, click on the name then click on “Export Chat”. You can choose to include other media files as an addition to the backup
  3. Click on email and email them to yourself.
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    backup via email

This method is inconvenient as any chats that will be emailed will be in a .txt format and is only applicable for a single chat conversation.

Part2: Backing up WhatsApp History on Android

1. Via Google Drive

Google Drive is the cloud storage for Android devices and users can back up their WhatsApp to Google Drive using the steps below.

  1. Open WhatsApp > Settings.
  2. Click Chats then Chat Backup.
  3. To back up to Google Drive, click “Back Up”.
  4. If you want to change how often you backup, you can select “Auto Backup” then set the frequency of back up whether it’s weekly, daily, or monthly.
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    backup whatsapp via google drive

The disadvantage of this method is that.

  • The backup storage on Google Drive is limited to 15GB only.
  • A Google Drive backup can’t be restored to an iPhone.

2. Via Local Backup

To create a local WhatsApp backup, the below steps are followed.

  1. Open WhatsApp
  2. Navigate to Settings click on Chat then Chat Backup.
  3. If the option to backup to Google Drive is enabled, deselect it and choose “Never”.
  4. Click on “Backup”. This will create a local backup in the folder “WhatsApp/Databases”.
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    via local backup

This method is disadvantageous as users can accidentally delete the folder containing the backup moreover, finding the folder containing the backup when you need to restore may be difficult.

Part3: How to Backup WhatsApp History on iPhone

1. Via iCloud

Every iPhone is linked to an iCloud account via Apple ID and password and users can easily backup their iPhone to iCloud by following the steps below based on their iOS version.

  • iOS 8 and above: Open Settings on your iPhone and click on iCloud. From there, turn on your “iCloud”.
  • iOS 7 and earlier: Open Settings then navigate to Documents and Data. Click the option to turn on your “iCloud”.
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backup whatsapp icloud

Once you’ve turned iCloud on, all your data including WhatsApp will be backed up automatically to iCloud. This method has a storage limit of 5GB and if your data surpass that limit you will incur extra charges for the backup space.

2. Via iTunes

iTunes is Apple’s backup method. It’s worth noting that this method will backup all your data, you cannot choose what to backup and what not to.

To backup using iTunes:

  1. Ensure you have the updated iTunes version installed on your computer.
  2. Connect your iPhone using a lightning cable to your computer and launch iTunes.
  3. In iTunes, choose the option to “Back Up Now”.
  4. Ensure the iPhone remains connected until the process completes.
backup iphone whatsapp via itunes

backup iphone whatsapp via itunes

Your data is now backed up to iTunes.

This method is undesirable as you have no control over what to back up. Instead, all the data is backed up inclusive of your WhatsApp Backup.


In summary, this article covered multiple ways one can use to backup WhatsApp history for both Android and iOS. However, if you want unlimited backup storage that lets you transfer your backup to both iOS and Android, Mobitrix WhatsApp Transfer is the recommended method amongst the other discussed ways.

There are various ways also mentioned in this article. No matter which method you choose, you should do it now and do it today. Let's keep all the memories!