How to Back Up WhatsApp Chats (Android)

In this post, we’ll see:

  • How to Back Up WhatsApp Chats Manually to Local Storage
  • How to Back Up WhatsApp Chats and Media to Google Drive
  • How to Delete WhatsApp Backup from Google Drive
  • How to Email WhatsApp Chat

Let’s begin.

How to Back Up WhatsApp Chats Manually to Local Storage

By default, WhatsApp automatically takes back up daily at 2.00 AM and store it on your phones’ internal storage. If you want to take a local back up manually, then follow the below steps:

Open WhatsApp. Tap three vertical dots at the top. In the menu, tap Settings option which you can find beneath the Starred messages option.

Hit on Chats option.

Hit the Chat backup option.

Tap the Back Up button, which you can find in the Last Backup section.

Note: if you’ve configured WhatsApp’s Google Drive back up (which is the next section), then the above steps will also back up conversations and media to Google Drive.


How to Back Up WhatsApp Chats and Media to Google Drive

  1. Open WhatsApp.
  1. Tap three vertical dots at the top.
  1. On the menu, tap the Settings option.
  1. Hit on Chats > Chat backup.
  1. In the Google Drive settings section, you can see the following options:
  • Back up to Google Drive – here, you can choose the backup frequency (available options: Daily, Weekly, and Monthly) or pick Never to disable this feature or select Only when I tap “Back up” option if you want to back up chats and media to Google Drive only when you press the Back Up button in the Last Backup section.
  • Google Account – choose the Google account in which you want to store the backup.
  • Back up over – this one lets you choose the internet connection to take back up.
  • Include videos – turning this on will back up videos to Google Drive.

How to Delete WhatsApp Backup from Google Drive

PC

Sign into your Google Drive account. Hit “Backups” in the left sidebar. Select the backup you wish to delete.

Hit the “Trash can” icon at the top right. In the pop-up, click on the “Delete” button.

Android

​Open the Google Drive app. Tap three vertical lines at the top left. Hit “Backups.” Now, you can see your WhatsApp backup(s).

Tap three vertical dots beside the one you want to remove. Tap the “Delete backup” option. In the pop-up, tap “Delete.”


How to Email WhatsApp Chat

“Email chat” feature lets you email WhatsApp chat of a contact or group to yourself or others. Let’s see this one in detail.

Android

Open WhatsApp. Tap contact or group chat you want to email.

Tap the three vertical dots at the top.

Tap “More.” Hit the “Export chat” option which you can find above “Add shortcut.”

Now, you may see a pop-up with these two options.

  • Without Media – If you choose this option, the email will contain the chat history (which can have up to 40,000 messages in this case) only.
  • Include Media – If you choose this option, the email will contain both the chat history (which can have up to 10,000 latest messages in this case) and the media attachments.

Choose the option as per your wish. I’m choosing the “Include Media” option.

Choose the email app; I’m choosing the Gmail app.

Now, you should be on the “Compose” screen. Type the email address of the recipient in the “To” field and hit the “Send” icon.

Note: Remember, the email will contain the chat history in the text file format (.txt), and the attachments are in the same file format as they were received.

iPhone

Launch WhatsApp. Tap “Chats” at the bottom if you’re not in it already.

Hit the chat you prefer and then hit the name at the top.

Tap the “Export Chat” option at the bottom. Now, you can see two options: Attach Media and Without Media.

Choose the one you prefer. I’m choosing the former.

Choose the email app; I’m choosing Gmail here.

Now you should be on the compose screen. In the “To” field, type the email address and then tap “Send” icon.

Note: Keep in mind that the email will contain a ZIP file. Within it, the chat history is in the text file format and the attachments are in the same file format as they were received.