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4 Quick Methods to Backup WhatsApp on Android for FREE

To keep your WhatsApp data safe, it is important to ensure that you create a backup regularly. Backups are essential since they give you an easy way to get your data back if you lose it for one reason or another. Fortunately, WhatsApp backups can be scheduled to backup automatically after a certain period of time.

In this article, we are going to be looking at how to backup WhatsApp on Android. We are also going to share what to do if the backup doesn’t work as it can fail sometimes.

1. Back Up WhatsApp Data To Local Storage On Android

Backing up your WhatsApp on local storage is similar to backing up your WhatsApp data manually. This is because an encrypted backup of your WhatsApp files is automatically saved on your device’s local storage even when you set the data to be backed to google drive.

Here is a detailed guide on how to back-up WhatsApp data to android local storage:

  • Open WhatsApp on your android device and tap on the “3-Dot Menu Icon”.
  • From the drop-down menu, click on “Settings” and go to “Chats”, then “Chat Backup”.
  • Select “BACK UP” from the next screen to save a copy of your data to your device’s local storage.

whatsapp chat backup

Pro Tip: If you have enough space on your device to store your WhatsApp videos, click on the “Include Videos” option before clicking on “Back-Up”.

2. Back Up Data Only to Local Storage on Android

You can force WhatsApp to only back-up the WhatsApp data to local storage and not google drive. Here is how to do this:

  • On your android device, open WhatsApp and tap on the “3-Dot Menu Icon”
  • Select “Settings” from the drop-down menu and go to “Chats”, then “Chat Backp”.
  • Tap on the “Backup to Google Drive” option and select “Never”. This means never backing up the data to Google Drive.
  • Next, click the “BACK UP” button to save a copy of your WhatsApp data only on your device’s internal storage.

backup whatsapp to local android

Pro Tip: The steps above will save the data to your android phone’s local storage. If the device has an SD csard, the back-up data will be saved on the card.

3. Backup Android WhatsApp on Google Drive

Google Drive presents the easiest and most effective way to backup WhatsApp on Android. With adequate space on your Google Drive, you can easily backup your device automatically for years. In this section, let‘s see how to do that.

What You Need to Back up Your Device

Before we get to the process of actually backing up WhatsApp to the Google Drive backup, there are several things that you must have. These include the following;

  • You must have a Google account and it must be activated on your phone
  • Google Play Services must also be installed on the device. It is important to note that Google Play Services is only available for Android 2.3.4 and higher.
  • You must also have adequate storage on the device to accommodate the backup file.

Creating a Google Drive Backup

Once you have met the above requirements, follow these simple steps to create a backup of your WhatsApp data on Google Drive;

  • Open WhatsApp on your Android device.
  • Tap on “Menu > Settings > Chats > Chat Backup”.
  • Select “Back up to Google Drive” and then set a backup frequency that you would like to use.
  • Select a Google account that you would like to use for the backup. If you don’t have a Google account on the device, tap “Add Account” and then follow the instructions to add the account. It is important to remember the login details of the Google account since you will need to sign in to restore the backup.
  • Finally, tap “Back up over” to choose a network to use. Charges may apply if you use a cellular network.

backup whatsapp chat via google drive

You can also choose to back up the data manually at any time. To do that open WhatsApp and tap “Menu > Settings > Chats > Chat Backup and then tap “Back Up” and the process will begin immediately.

4. Back Up WhatsApp Data to Email on Android Device

You can also back-up your WhatsApp data to e-mail on your android device, but this method is ideal for backing-up single conversations. Any chat you send via e-mail will be saved in “TXT” format.

Here is a guide for this:

  • Open WhatsApp on your device and go to the chat you’ll like to back-up to your mail.
  • Tap on the name on the chat and select “Export Chat”. Then choose if you’ll like to “Include Media” in the back-up.
  • Select “Email” and send the chats to your mail. The chat is then backed up to your mail.

export whatsapp chat email

Tips: Access WhatsApp Local Backup on Android Phone

WhatsApp local backup can be found at “Device Storage” > “WhatsApp” > “Databases”. If your android device has an ‘SD Card”, you’ll find the back-up at “SD Card” > “WhatsApp” > “Databases”.

You can also find the backup data in local storage by using “File Manager” or “My Files” on your android device. Here is a guide for this:

  • Open “My Files” or “File Manager” on your android device.
  • Then select “Device Storage” or “SD Card” if your device is using a card.
  • Go to “WhatsApp” and navigate to the “Database” folder.
  • In the “Database” folder, you’ll see all the files and media you have backed up from WhatsApp including your most recent backup.

Tip: WhatsApp backup often have the backup data included in the file’s name. You should know that recent backups may not have a date yet.

Final Words

In summary, backing up your WhatsApp data is vital to ensure your data and files are kept safe even when you switch between devices. Follow any of the methods in this post to back-up your WhatsApp data on your android device.

Joan J. Mims

Joan J. Mims is interested in researching all tips about iPhone, iPad and Android. He loves to share useful ideas with all users.

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