How to backup, restore, or transfer WhatsApp data on Android

Backup and restore WhatsApp data

Backup and restore WhatsApp data

Learn how to do a backup, restore, or transfer your WhatsApp data on your Androids phones. Basically, you can backup your WhatsApp data using local backup and/or Google Drive, and restore or transfer them to your new Android phones easily.

For local backups, it will run automatically every day at 2am and save your database in a file on the phone itself. However, to backup your data to Google Drive, you have to make sure the following:

  • Your device must be synced with Google Drive.
  • Google Play Services must be installed (only available for Android 2.3.4 and later).
  • Your Google Drive account must have enough space for all of your WhatsApp data.
  • Your phone must have enough free space to create the backup.

How to backup, restore, or transfer WhatsApp data on Android

You can change your chat backup frequency, the account you back up to and which connection to use for backup at any time in Menu Button > Settings > Chats > Chat backup.

Note: Every time you run a Google Drive backup on a Google account, the previous Google Drive backup will be overwritten. There is no way to restore an older Google Drive backup.

How to backup WhatsApp data to Google Drive

Step 1: Open WhatsApp.

Step 2: Go to “Menu Button” > “Settings” > “Chats” > “Chat backup”.

Step 3: Tap on “Back up to Google Drive” and set up the backup frequency to your liking, or tap “Back Up” to do an immediate backup.

  • You will be prompted to select a Google account that you will back up your chat history to.
  • If you do not have a Google account, tap “Add account” when prompted.
  • Please remember the Google account you are using for the backup.

Step 4: Tap on “Back up” over to choose the network you wish to use for backup. Please note that backing up over cellular may result in additional data charges.

How to restore or transfer a backup to Android phones

WhatsApp will ask you to restore your chats and media from a backup when you verify your number. Simply tap “Restore” when prompted to do so. If WhatsApp does not detect a backup, it could be that:

  • 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 the phone.

Note: The easiest way to transfer data to a new phone is 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.

How 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). If you wish to restore a local backup which is not the most recent, you will need to do the following:

Step 1: Download any file manager apps.

Step 2: In the File Manager, 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.

Step 3: Rename the backup file you wish to restore. For example, from msgstore-YYYY-MM-DD.1.db.crypt12 to msgstore.db.crypt12. It is possible that your earlier backup may have been on an earlier protocol, such as crypt9 or crypt10. Do not change the number of the crypt extension.

Step 4: Uninstall WhatsApp.

Step 5: Install WhatsApp.

Step 6: Tap Restore when asked. Done!

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