How to Back Up and Restore WhatsApp Messages on Android Phones

You can backup WhatsApp data in Android internal memory as WhatsApp allows users to create a local backup and save the file to their phone. However, we will not recommend you to do for two reasons: it will take up Android storage and it’s less convenient to transfer WhatsApp data if you switch to a new phone. Therefore, we’d like to show you how to backup WhatsApp messages on Android phones like Samsung Galaxy, HTC One, Google Nexus, LG, etc. using Google Drive.

Part 1: Automatically Backup WhatsApp Chats to Google Drive

To make a full backup of WhatsApp contacts and conversations on your Android phones, you should download and install Google Drive on your devices at first, then follow the specific guide below.

1.Open WhatsApp from your home screen and tap the menu icon on the top right corner and select Settings.

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2.Choose Chats > Chat backup > Back up to Google Drive and decide the frequency you want to backup for WhatsApp messages.

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3.Tap Account below. Either to pick one account from the list or add new account. Then tap Allow to agree.

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4.Select Back up over Wi-Fi only or cellular data. Feel free to decide whether to back up WhatsApp videos as well.

After that, your WhatsApp messages should be automatically backed up to Google Drive based on the frequency you set. If you want to create a backup for WhatsApp on Android right away, tap Back Up on Chat backup interface. The first backup will take a while to complete. Please wait patiently and better leave your phone on charge.

Note: Every time you backup Android WhatsApp messages using the same Google account, the previous backup files will be overwritten. There is no way to restore from an older WhatsApp backup.

Part 2: Restore WhatsApp Backup from Google Drive to Android

Now you have understood how to make backup of WhatsApp messages on Android. Great! So what can you do with the backup files? If you switch to a new phone or lost some important chat history, you can always restore from Google Drive backup. Here is what to do:

1.Launch WhatsApp on your new Android phone after downloading. Or uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp if you need to recover WhatsApp data.

2.Verify you phone number and tap Restore when prompted to. After that, set you profile info and start to use your WhatsApp now.

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Part 3: Recover Deleted or Lost WhatsApp Messages on Android Phones

Using Google drive is a good and free way to create backup for WhatsApp conversations, but it’s not necessarily in terms of backup file restoring. Every time your restore from Google drive backup, the previous chats will be overwritten by the new one. For those WhatsApp data generated since last backup, your will lose them forever. Therefore, we recommend using Tenorshare Android Data Recovery to restore lost WhatsApp messages and contacts. You don’t have to uninstall WhatsApp on your Android phone in this way.

Simply connect your Android phones with this program and scan all the deleted files on your phone or tablets. After the scan, preview and choose WhatsApp data to restore back to the device.

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Tenorshare Android Data Recovery also reply to recover contacts, SMS, photos, videos and other files on your Android device. Don’t forget to give it a shot when you accidently lose important data.

That’s all on how Android backup WhatsApp messages in case of data loss. Find this post helpful? Share it to your friends and families!

/ Posted by Jerry Cook to Android Data Follow @Jerry Cook