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How to use WhatsApp backup for Android

23 mayo, 2021

Nobody likes to lose their messages when they change their mobile or when they have to reinstall the application after a factory reset. It is because of that WhatsApp periodically performs a backup of our chats in case for some reason we lose the conversations and we want to recover them.

The backup of WhatsApp allows us restore all our messages, including the images, videos, audios and voice memos that we have been sharing and receiving in our chat conversations.


Make a backup

WhatsApp backup

To restore our WhatsApp chats, the first thing we have to do is do is a backup. The latest versions of WhatsApp for Android we found the local backup and the backup to Google Drive.

To make a backup we just have to open WhatsApp press Menu and enter Settings> Chats> Backup. There we will find the button Keep to create a backup copy at that time.

The local backup will be done automatically every day, at 3:00 a.m. If we want available one cloud backup we have to configure the copy in Google Drive.

Set up copy in Google Drive

WhatsApp backup

To configure the backup in Google Drive, the first thing we have to do is add our Google account accepting the permissions that they request. Once our account is activated, we can only say how often we want the backup to be made automatically (never, only when I touch “Save”, daily, weekly or monthly), if we want them to be saved only with Wi-Fi and if we want to include the videos in the cloud copy. By default, WhatsApp only saves messages, images, audios and voice notes in Drive.

Once the Drive backup is activated when we click on the Save button we will make a local copy and a copy in Drive. You always have to do a manual save before restoring the factory data or changing your mobile to keep all the conversations.

The best option to restore conversations in making a backup copy with Google Drive, is the fastest and easiest

Restore WhatsApp with a copy to Drive

WhatsApp backup

If we have a backup in Drive it is very easy to recover the conversations. After installing WhatsApp and identifying ourselves with our number and Google account, it will detect that we have a copy in Drive. Click on Restore and we will recover our messages and files.

Restore WhatsApp manually, without copying it to Drive

If we do not have a backup in Drive, the first thing we have to do is transfer the whatsapp folder from your old mobile to the new one. Here we can find ourselves in these two situations:

  • If your phone has a external SD card you can remove the card from your old phone and put her on the phone again.
  • If your phone has internal memory you will have to copy the WhatsApp / folder from the old phone and paste it on the new phone in the main directory of the storage.

With the copy of the WhatsApp folder on our new device, the application will detect the backup copy to restore the messages during its activation. We will keep all the conversations, images, videos, audios and voice notes after having copied the entire folder from the other device.

WhatsApp folder

  • WhatsApp/
  • WhatsApp / Databases (local backup the chats)
  • WhatsApp / Media (multimedia files)
  • WhatsApp / Media / WallPaper (wallpapers)
  • WhatsApp / Media / WhatsApp Audio (audio files)
  • WhatsApp / Media / WhatsApp Calls (call history)
  • WhatsApp / Media / WhatsApp Images (image files)
  • WhatsApp / Media / WhatsApp Profile Photos (files of our profile photos)
  • WhatsApp / Media / WhatsApp Video (video files)
  • WhatsApp / Media / WhatsApp Voice Notes (voice memo files)
  • WhatsApp / Media / WhatsApp Animated Gifs (files with animated gifs)

More WhatsApp tricks

Upgrade: We have updated this tutorial in October 2017 to explain the exact steps with the latest version of WhatsApp along with new screenshots.