How to Back Up WhatsApp Chats (Android)

In this post, we will 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 send WhatsApp chat by email

Let’s start.

How to Back Up WhatsApp Chats Manually to Local Storage

By default, WhatsApp automatically takes back up daily at 2 a.m. and stores it in the internal storage of your phone. If you want to make a local backup manually, follow these steps:

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

Click on the Chats option.

Click on the Chat backup option.

Tap the Back Up button that you find in the Last Backup section.

Note: If you have configured WhatsApp’s Google Drive Backup, which is the next section, then the above steps also backup conversations and media to Google Drive.

How to Back Up WhatsApp Chats and Media to Google Drive

  1. Open WhatsApp.
  2. Tap the three vertical dots at the top.
  3. In the menu, tap the Settings option.
  4. Hit Chats > Chat backup.
  5. In the Google Drive settings section, you will see the following options:
  • Back up to Google Drive – here you can choose the available backup frequency options: Daily, Weekly, and Monthly, or choose 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 – Select the Google Account where you want to save the backup.
  • Back up over – here you can select the Internet connection you want to take back up.
  • Include videos – if you turn this on, videos are backed up to Google Drive.

How to Delete WhatsApp Backup from Google Drive

PC

Log in to your Google Drive account. Click “Backups” on the left sidebar. Select the backup you want to delete.

Click on the “Trash can” icon at the top right and click the “Delete” button in the pop-up.

Android

​Open the Google Drive app. Tap the three vertical lines at the top left. Click “Backups.” You can now view your WhatsApp backup(s).

Tap the three vertical dots next to the one you want to remove. Tap the “Delete backup” option. Hit “Delete” in the popup.

How to send WhatsApp chat by email

The “Email Chat” feature allows you to send the WhatsApp chat of a contact or group to yourself or others.

Android

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

Tap the three vertical dots at the top.

Tap “More” and press the “Export chat” option which you will find above “Add shortcut.”

You can now see a popup with these two options.

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

Select the desired option. I select the option the latter.

Select the email app; I choose the Gmail app.

You should now be on the “Compose” screen. Enter the recipient’s e-mail address in the “To” field and click on the “Send” icon.

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

iPhone

Start WhatsApp. Tap “Chats” at the bottom if you’re not there yet.

Click on the chat you prefer and then on the name at the top.

Tap the “Export Chat” option at the bottom. You will now see two options: Attach Media and Without Media.

Choose the one you prefer. I choose the first one.

Select the email app; I choose Gmail here.

You should now be on the compose screen. In the “To” field, enter the e-mail address and then tap the “Send” icon.

Note: Note that this e-mail will contain a ZIP file containing the chat history in text file format and the attachments in the same file format as they were received.

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