How to back up and restore your WhatsApp chat history on Android: Step-by-step guide

Despite being one of the largest social messaging platforms in the world, WhatsApp has always tried to stay ahead of the game by introducing regular updates to the app.

Different updates which range from emojis to GIF functionality to payment feature keep rolling in. Ever since the application has gone global, it has now become mandatory to back up the user data.

How to back up WhatsApp chats:

Android Google Drive

You can back up your chats and media to Google Drive, so if you change your Android phone, your chats and media can be transferred easily.

These are the steps:

Open WhatsApp.

Go to More options > Settings > Chats > Chat backup

Tap on backup to create an immediate backup. Also, you can tap back up to Google drive to set a backup frequency. However, if you do not have an account, go to ‘add account’ when prompted. Proceed to tap back up to choose the network you want to use.

This is preferred over a WiFi connection as there will be significant consumption of cellular data.

Things to remember:

If the WhatsApp backup has not been updated for more than a year, it is automatically removed from the Google Drive storage.

Hence, to avoid any loss, it is highly recommended you back up your WhatsApp data. The first backup in this regard might take a little longer and hence, connect the phone to a power source. Also, the user can change the chat backup frequency as well as the Google account you want the data to be backed up on.

While restoring the chats, WhatsApp will ask you the same once you verify the number. One needs to simply tap ‘Restore’ when prompted and all the previous chats will be restored.

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