How to Take Backup of WhatsApp in 8 Easy Ways

Ciaran Crawford | Apr 18, 2022

A veteran data engineer, experienced in data processing, data flow and data migration, etc. Also a heavy WhatsApp user, he helps you know the ins and outs of WhatsApp data transfer better than anyone else.

  • When I bought a new iPhone 13, I took a backup of my Android WhatsApp to the computer and then restored it to my iPhone without missing any chats.
  • WhatsApp keeps a backup of your chats in case you accidentally delete them or need to switch phones but don’t want to lose crucial messages.
  • WhatsApp chats can be protected by a password with end-to-end encryption, or an unencrypted backup to your phone or computer lets you check the detailed data in it.
How to backup WhatsApp

Getting a new phone feels very exciting but are you worried about losing your crucial WhatsApp chats on your previous phone?

As a mobile technician, I listen to customers worrying about this issue every day. But is this really a problematic situation? Of course not.

In this article, you will find how to take backup of WhatsApp in multiple efficient ways so keep reading.

If you are the type of person who never likes to delete messages, you probably would have more than 10 GBs of messages on WhatsApp already. In such cases, it’s best to back up your WhatsApp messages to a computer, so you can restore them to any phone later.

Best Way to Take Backup of WhatsApp on PC and Restore

Mobitrix WhatsApp Transfer is the easiest and most efficient way to take a backup of WhatsApp on a PC and then restore it to another phone or device. The tool is professionally designed for people who don’t want to lose their WhatsApp chats in a phone switch.

Here’s what it can do for you:

  • Take a backup of WhatsApp Android or iPhone to PC
  • Restore WhatsApp backup to any phone
  • Transfer WhatsApp between Android and iPhone
  • Support WhatsApp and WhatsApp Business

Steps

  1. Launch Mobitrix WhatsApp Transfer on your computer.
  2. Launch Mobitrix WhatsApp Transfer

    Launch Mobitrix WhatsApp Transfer

  3. Connect the two devices you want to backup from and restore to.
  4. Set the required device as source and destination.
  5. Backup WhatsApp to computer and restore

    Backup WhatsApp to computer and restore

  6. Select the transfer option and wait for it to complete.
    Complete your Whatsapp transfer

    Complete your Whatsapp transfer

Note: Make sure to keep both your phones connected to the computer at all times to successfully back up and restore WhatsApp.

Pros

  • The tool transfers WhatsApp quickly and is very simple to use.
  • You can backup all chats without any memory limitations.
  • The tool lets you backup all types of data such as texts, images, videos, and files.
  • The tool includes 100% privacy protection of data.
  • The tool works with all models and versions of Android and iOS, such as iPhone 13 /13 Pro /12 /12 Pro /11 /11 Pro, Samsung, Google Pixel, and 5000+ Android devices.

Mobitrix WhatsApp Transfer is my all-time favorite because the processing is fast, and clients do not have to wait long for it. You will find multiple WhatsApp backup tools on the internet, but Mobitrix WhatsApp Transfer keeps the privacy protection of its users as a priority.

How to Take Backup of WhatsApp using Samsung Account

Samsung specifically allows its users to back up their WhatsApp transfers with a Samsung Account.

First, log in to your Samsung Account. Then follow the steps below.

  1. Open the settings of your Samsung phone.
  2. Go to 'Accounts and backup.'
  3. Click 'Backup and restore.'
  4. Locate 'Backup data.'
  5. Sign in to your Samsung Account if asked.
  6. Choose WhatsApp to backup or restore accordingly.
  7. Click 'done' when the backup is finished.
Backup WhatsApp via Samsung account

Backup WhatsApp via Samsung account

Pros

  • The method is fast and simple to try.
  • You do not have to uninstall WhatsApp from your device.
  • It does not require you to connect to a computer.
  • You get free storage of up to 15 GB with your Samsung Account.

Cons

  • The method only works for Samsung devices.
  • It does not transfer WhatsApp to iOS or other Android devices.
  • You might have to pay for an upgrade if storage is not enough for data.

How to Backup WhatsApp to Google drive?

Backing and restoring your WhatsApp via Google Drive is one of the safest ways to transfer WhatsApp between different devices. However, according to wabetainfo.com's report, Google plans to eliminate the unlimited plan to store WhatsApp backups as it takes up a lot of memory.

Steps

  1. Launch WhatsApp and go to settings by clicking three dots in the top corner.
  2. Locate the chats tab and open chat backup.
  3. WhatsApp chat backup settings

    WhatsApp chat backup settings

  4. Click Google Account, and select a Gmail account connected to your device or add a new account.
  5. Authenticate Gmail account on WhatsApp

    Authenticate Gmail account on WhatsApp

  6. Tap 'Back up to Google Drive' and choose a backup option from the drop-down list. Click 'Back up over' and choose 'Wi-Fi' or 'Wi-Fi or cellular'. Note: Choosing the cellular option and backing up your WhatsApp may cost you additional data charges from your ISP.
  7. How to backup WhatsApp to Google Drive

    Backup WhatsApp to Google Drive

  8. Videos are not backed up by default, don't forget to turn on 'Include videos.'
  9. Backup WhatsApp videos

    Backup WhatsApp videos

  10. Click 'Back up' to start a backup to Google Drive.
  11. Backup WhatsApp Android to Google Drive

    Backup WhatsApp to Google Drive

Pros

  • The method is effortless to follow.
  • It does not need a computer.

Cons

  • It does not work with restoring the backup on the iPhone.
  • It is hard to backup WhatsApp on a computer.
  • The method takes a lot of time, and processing can get stuck also.
  • You have to uninstall WhatsApp while restoring, which might cause a loss of local backup.

End-to-end Encrypted Backup

End-to-end encryption means no one can see a conversation except the two persons in chat, not even the developers. Once encrypted, your WhatsApp chats will be stored in cloud servers protected by a password or a 64-digit encryption key.

End-to-end encrypted Backup

End-to-end encrypted Backup

Here is how you can enable end-to-end encryption:

  1. Go to your WhatsApp settings.
  2. Open chats > backup > end-to-end encrypted backup.
  3. Follow the prompt to enter a security key.
  4. Select create and wait for it to end.
Take end-to-end encrypted backup of Whatsapp

Take end-to-end encrypted backup of Whatsapp

Note: Make sure to write your key down in a safe place because once it is lost, you can retrieve it.

Tricks for Google Drive WhatsApp Backup

Are you curious about where your WhatsApp backup is stored in your device? Let’s find it with the following steps.

How to Find Google Drive WhatsApp Backup?

  1. Open Drive.Google.com and sign in with your Google Account.
  2. Sign in Google account

    Sign in Google account

  3. Tap on the Settings icon (gear icon) and choose settings to open.
  4. Google account settings

    Google account settings

  5. Select Manage Apps.
  6. Manage apps on Google account

    Manage apps on Google account

  7. Scroll down in the list of apps to locate Whatsapp messenger.
  8. Find WhatsApp backup on Google Drive

    Find WhatsApp backup on Google Drive

  9. Google Drive only allows you to Disconnect from Drive or delete hidden WhatsApp data.
    Google Drive WhatsApp backup options

    Google Drive WhatsApp backup options

How to Download Google Drive WhatsApp Backup on PC?

  1. Download whapa free tool and install  python3.8.10 to configure your computer settings.
  2. Locate the file settings.cfg
  3. Download Google Drive WhatsApp backup

    Download Google Drive WhatsApp backup

  4. Configure your Google drive username, password, and phone number.
  5. Configure Google Drive account

    Configure Google Drive account

  6. View WhatsApp messages with the command python whagodri.py –i
  7. View WhatsApp messages with the command

    View WhatsApp messages with the command

  8. Download backup using the command: python whagodri.py -s -o data
    Download Google Drive WhatsApp backup

    Download WhatsApp backup using command

Now, you can clearly see all the backup information in your google driver, including: backup name, backup time, total size of backup files, backup database size, size and number of backup audio and video files, etc.

Find your downloaded Google Drive WhatsApp backup

Check downloaded WhatsApp backup

How to Take Backup of WhatsApp to Android Local Storage

Backing up your chats in Android local storage is a better idea than Google drive as it does not require a strong internet connection. Besides this, Android backups and restoring procedures do not lag or get stuck like Google drive.

Steps

  1. Go to the settings on your WhatsApp.
  2. Open chats and locate backup.
  3. WhatsApp chat backup settings

    WhatsApp chat backup settings

  4. Click on Backup to Google Drive, and select Never from the list.
  5. Never backup WhatsApp to Google Drive

    Never backup WhatsApp to Google Drive

  6. Click on the backup button to start the backup to your phone's internal storage.
  7. How to take backup of whatsapp to local

    Backup WhatsApp to local storage

Pros

  • Backing up via local storage is easy and fast to process.

Cons

  • It only saves data for one week.
  • The restoring process comes with complications.
  • Uninstalling your WhatsApp will delete your local backup.

How to find WhatsApp Backup on Android local storage

For Android 11 or higher

  1. Go to "My Files" or File manager on your Android device.
  2. Locate Internal storage and select Android
  3. Now, open media and then com.whatsapp
    How to find WhatsApp backup on local storage

    Find local WhatsApp backup Android 11

For Android 11 or higher

Steps

  1. Open "File Manager" > "Internal storage"
  2. Look for the WhatsApp folder in the directory
  3. The "Databases" folder is the backup database. The Media" folder is the files sent and received in the chat
    How to find WhatsApp backup on Android local storage

    Find local WhatsApp backup Android 10

And you will find your WhatsApp backup in Android local storage, but this data is not in the format to view. Backing up Unencrypted Android WhatsApp to your device will let you view your messages in backup.

How to Backup Unencrypted Android WhatsApp to Local Storage

With the unencrypted Android WhatsApp backed up in your local Android storage, you can easily view all the messages since they are not protected with encryption. This method can be followed with different third-party tools such as GBWhatsApp, FMWhatsApp, OGWhatsApp, etc. The steps are as follows:

Steps

  1. Download GBWhatsApp and launch it.
  2. Go to "Settings" > "Universal" > "Backup and restore" >"Backup WhatsApp Data" to backup WhatsApp.
How to Backup Unencrypted Android WhatsApp

Backup unencrypted Android WhatsApp

How to Find WhatsApp backup on local storage

  1. Find "GBWhatsApp/ModsBackup/com.gbwhatsapp" directory in the memory card.
  2. The folder "databases" is the backup of your WhatsApp chats.
How to find unencrypted WhatsApp backup on local storage

Find unencrypted local WhatsApp backup

How to Take Backup of WhatsApp to iCloud

iOS users can also back up their WhatsApp on iCloud manually or automatically. Setting up an automatic backup can save a lot of time.

Steps:

  1. Launch WhatsApp
  2. Go to Settings > Chats button > Chat Backup
  3. Toggle "Include Videos" to save your videos as well.
  4. Choose "Back up Now" to run a backup.
  5. Toggle auto back up to keep backing up automatically.
    backup WhatsApp to iCloud

    Backup WhatsApp to iCloud

Pros

  • iCloud is an additional option for iOS users.
  • Backing up with iCloud is very easy.

Cons

  • You do not have to uninstall WhatsApp for restoration.
  • It does not let you backup WhatsApp on Android devices.
  • Only 5 GB of free space is available on iCloud, and you will have to pay for additional space.

How to Take Backup of WhatsApp iPhone to Computer via iTunes

If the iCloud method does not work for you, you can back up WhatsApp via iTunes on your PC or Mac.

Steps

  1. Keep the iTunes version on your computer up to date.
  2. Connect your iPhone to the computer and launch iTunes if it doesn't open automatically.
  3. Select the "Device icon" on the left side.
  4. Click on "Back up Now"
    backup WhatsApp via iTunes

    Backup WhatsApp via iTunes

Now, wait for iTunes to complete backing up your WhatsApp. Ensure the connection between your device and computer is stable. You can restore them to the device if needed.

Pros

  • Unlike iCloud, you do not have to worry about storage problems.

Cons

  • You have to update iTunes regularly.
  • The process is time-consuming and might get stuck also.
  • It does not specifically backup WhatsApp but complete data on your iOS device.
  • iTunes does not restore your data on Android devices.

How to Take Backup of WhatsApp in Readable and Printable Format

Has your friend accidentally deleted their WhatsApp messages with you and do not have a backup too? Don’t worry. Share your WhatsApp conversation with him in a printable form to keep record of crucial information. Nothing to worry about anymore because I have discovered a way to do so.

Email, PDF, or HTML

One way to do this is to transfer WhatsApp messages through Email in a text form. Here are the steps to transfer WhatsApp via Email.

  1. Go to WhatsApp and open a conversation thread you want to transfer.
  2. Click on the three dots and select more > Export chat.
  3. Select Gmail, enter a recipient, and hit the send button.
  4. Open the recipient email and download the .txt file.
    export whatssapp via email

If you wish to get a PDF or HTML version of your WhatsApp, download the .txt file from Email, and then use a converting tool to export your chats in PDF or HTML format.

Summary

Backing up or transferring your WhatsApp chats from one device to another can be a hectic situation if you are unaware of the right methods. Luckily, this article got you covered with eight different methods. All you have to do is follow the steps as mentioned above and your backup problem will be solved.

But the most effective method in the list is Mobitrix WhatsApp Transfer. The user-friendly interface of the tool makes it easy for people to use even with a non-technical background. No privacy invasions and a 100% success rate is a plus point of the tool.