WhatsApp: Create Chat Backup & Restore Chats
WhatsApp looks pretty “cleaned up“ after restoring an iPhone, but it doesn’t have to be like this. Data loss can be prevented. You will learn everything you need to create a backup of your WhatsApp chats with all associated setting. In addition, we will show you how to restore the WhatsApp chats from a backup.
For this trick, we need iCloud Drive. Check, if this service is activated yet. You can do this by going into the Settings > your Apple ID on top > iCloud. iCloud Drive has to be activated on this level.
Create chat backup in WhatsApp
Tip: Your WhatsApp Chats will be saved in the iCloud backup or iTunes backup of your iPhone. Therefore, your chats should be restored from a backup. So the following trick is useful if you deleted particular chats or messages that you want back without restoring your whole iPhone.
WhatsApp allows saving your chat histories and media in iCloud – without third-party software. To create a chat backup, open WhatsApp on your iPhone and tap the settings icon (cogwheel) at the bottom. Then go to Chats and on the next level to Chat Backup.
Now you have two choices: You can either create a manual backup or an automatic backup.
Create manual backup
To create a manual backup, tap Back Up Now on the level Chat Backup. Depending on a number of chats and the size of the data, including media, it can take a few minutes to save the manual backup.
Activate automatic backup
Setting up the automatic backup for your WhatsApp chats is far more useful and convenient than the manual backup. Open the Chat Backup level again and click the option Automatic Backup.
On this screen, you can choose the schedule of the automatic backups for your WhatsApp chats: Daily, Weekly, Monthly, and Off. Choose one of the first three options to activate the automatic backups. Then you can go back to the previous level by tapping the top left corner.
By default, automatic backups don’t save videos, which you have received or sent via WhatsApp. You can change it by activating the option Include Videos at the bottom of the Chat Backup level. This will obviously change the size of your backup.
Restore WhatsApp chats from backup
You just have to delete your WhatsApp from your phone in order to restore your chats. Then reinstall it. When you open the app, WhatsApp will ask you, if you would like to restore the chats from your backup. Confirm this by clicking the Restore button.