How to backup your WhatsApp

Ensure you don't lose chats, photos and videos

Many of us use WhatsApp as a primary form of communication. Here's how to backup your chats and ensure you don't lose any of your information, should you get a new phone. 

It's possible to backup your WhatsApp data using Google Drive and/or a local backup. Local backups will be automatically created every day at 2am and they will be saved as a file in your phone. 


If you're an iPhone owner, you'll find that your device backs your WhatsApp chats to the iCloud automatically. You can check this by visiting Settings > Chats > Chat Backup.


Android users can backup chats via Google Drive. 

  1. Open WhatsApp.
  2. Tap the Menu Button > Settings > Chats > Chat backup.
  3. Here you can tap Back Up to create an immediate backup, and you can also tap on Backup to Google Drive to set up a backup frequency.
  4. If you do not have a Google account already set up, tap Add account when prompted.