Whether you are using WhatsApp for work or just to keep in touch with your friends, you probably have some important messages in there that you don’t want to lose. That’s why it’s important to know how to backup and restore WhatsApp messages.
The instant messaging app, WhatsApp comes with a lot of handy features. One such useful feature is the ability to backup and restore WhatsApp messages with Google Drive. Here’s how to go about it.
Backup and restore WhatsApp messages
How to backup WhatsApp messages to Google Drive
Fortunately, WhatsApp creates a daily back up of all your messages to your smartphone. However, depending on your preference, you can also backup WhatsApp messages to Google Drive. This way, all your chats will remain safe even if you have to delete WhatsApp from your phone. Here’s how to backup your WhatsApp chats with Google Drive:
1. Open WhatsApp on your phone and tap the menu icon at the top-right corner of the screen
2. Go to Settings and select Chats and calls
3. Then tap Chat backup
4. Tap Google Drive settings to select how frequently you want WhatsApp to create a backup
5. Next hit the Account option
6. Now, select the account you’d like to associate with the backup and tap Allow
7. Tap Back up over to select whether you want to backup over Wi-Fi or mobile data
8. Mark the box next to Include videos to backup WhatsApp videos
9. Finally, tap Back Up to manually backup WhatsApp to Google Drive
How to restore WhatsApp backup from Google Drive
Now that you’ve backed up your WhatsApp messages, you’ll be wondering how to restore WhatsApp messages. Suppose, you’ve changed your phone or you need to reinstall WhatsApp. Now how do you get all your messages back? Read on to know about it.
1. Open WhatsApp on your phone
2. Tap Restore, wait for some time and tap Next when the restoration is complete
3. Set up your profile just like you did previously
4. Next tap the Continue button
Now you can easily backup and restore WhatsApp messages on any phone that has WhatsApp installed. All you need to do is follow the above-mentioned steps.
One downside is that whenever you backup and restore WhatsApp messages with Google Drive, it’ll take some time depending on the size of chats. If you don’t have access to Wi-Fi, you’ll have to spend your mobile data in order to move WhatsApp messages on Google Drive. The nice thing is that your WhatApp on your new phone is just like it was on your old phone, thanks to Google Drive.
Also read: WhatsApp Overview: all you need to know