Keep your conversations and photos safe
Documents, photos, videos, voice notes and, above all, messages, many messages. For most users, that’s all that comes through day in and day out. WhatsApp, the most successful messaging platform in the world. Of course, if your use of the application is reduced to sending memes and inconsequential messages, you may not care if your chat history is lost. But what happens when you use WhatsApp to discuss important issues, such as work or personal matters? In that case, it is very possible that you do not want to lose anything that you have received or sent. How can you do it? Unlike Telegram, which stores all data on its own servers, WhatsApp relies on backups to back up user information. In this article we address this issue and clear all your doubts regarding the backup in this app. We explain what steps you must follow to do it on your mobile with iOS and Android. Likewise, we make an exhaustive review of all the options that you have at your disposal and how they affect the type of backup that WhatsApp carries out of your conversations.
How to Backup WhatsApp on Android Step by Step
Create one backup whatsapp conversations on android it has no complications. These are the steps to make a backup of your content: Tap on the three vertical points that you will see in the upper corner of the screen to display the WhatsApp context menu. press on Settings. open the section chat and then enter Backup. Click on Save. Immediately, the backup will start and be saved to the local storage of the telephone.
If you want to turn on cloud backup, tap on Save to Google Drive. In the pop-up dialog, choose one of these options: Never (Backup to Drive is disabled). Only when I tap “Save” (manual backup). Daily. Weekly. Monthly. As you have seen, the only way for WhatsApp to make the copy automatically is to use Google Drive. There is no way to run an automatic backup locally. Additionally, you will find these parameters in the section Backup WhatsApp for Android:
Google account. If you have more than one account configured on your mobile, you can select which one should be used to make the copy.
save using. It gives you the option to perform the backup only with wifi.
include videos. Decide if the videos will be saved or not. This is an ideal setting to reduce the overall weight of the copy, especially if you are short on cloud space.
End-to-End Encrypted Backup. It secures the content of the copy thanks to a key and a cryptographic system. It makes it inaccessible to anyone who doesn’t know the key.
Backup WhatsApp on iPhone (iOS)
Although the process varies slightly, on iOS it’s just as easy to make a backup on whatsapp. Again, you must go to the application settings panel and from there activate the automatic backup of messages. These are the steps you must take: Click on Setting in the shortcut in the navigation bar. Open the section chat to see all the parameters related to WhatsApp conversations. Click on Backup. tap on Back Up Now to create a new cloud copy manually.
On the other hand, if you want the copy to be made automatically, click on automatic copy and choose how often copies are made. The available options are as follows: Daily. Weekly. Monthly. No (Disables automatic copy). As we have already done with Android, we review the rest of the features offered by this section to fully customize the backup.
include videos. It allows you to decide if the videos that are sent to you by WhatsApp should be stored in the backup. Turning this off is a good way to reduce the overall weight of your backup, and it’s especially useful when you’re low on iCloud space.
End-to-End Encrypted Backup. It makes your copy unreadable and protects it with encryption that is associated with a password. No one will be able to restore your copy unless they know the password you entered. Neither Apple nor WhatsApp have access to the backup, and in case you forget the password, they will not be able to help you recover it.
Where are WhatsApp backups stored?
WhatsApp backups that you start from a phone with Android they are stored in two different locations, depending on the configuration.
Local. They are backups that are saved in the internal memory of the device. It is not possible to configure this type of copies to be made automatically and, if the mobile suffers a mishap, they are lost.
google drive. It uses the space you have on your Drive to save the backup. Supports more settings, such as the ability to create daily copies. To see the history of backups, go to the Google Drive application and, in the menu, tap on Backups. With all this does not allow you to see the content of the copy. In case your phone is a iPhone with iOS, the location of the copies is only one:
iCloud. WhatsApp for iOS does not facilitate the creation of local backups. In this way, everything goes through the Apple cloud. It is also not possible to see the content of the copy and to check how much space the backups are taking up, you must go to the iCloud configuration of iOS Settings. To all this, we must add the option of export chat that you will find in the WhatsApp configuration and in the settings of each conversation. In this guide we tell you how to export your chats and save them on a PC or mobile.
You can restore your conversations and photos
Everything mentioned so far brings us to an important question: how to restore WhatsApp backups?
The truth is that there is no button that allows you to select a history backup and restore it at any time. WhatsApp only offers you this possibility when you are recovering your account after deleting the application or installing it on a new phone, as shown in the image above. Remember that in no case is there the possibility of selecting between several restore points. The application will always retrieve the latest available backup in the cloud or locally (Android only). Oh, and the most normal thing is that you will not be able to recover your copy if you have deleted your WhatsApp account. End of Article. Tell us something in the Comments!