How to Backup and Restore WhatsApp Messages With Google Drive

Backup and Restore WhatsApp Messages
Backup and Restore WhatsApp Messages

The top recent complaint from WhatsApp users is, “ I just switched from Android to iPhone 8. I used to back up my WhatsApp chat history via Google Drive weekly. But when I installed WhatsApp on my new device, restore chats from iCloud was the only choice. How could I backup and restore WhatsApp messages from Google Drive to iPhone?” In this article, we are going to reveal the answer to this.

Backup and Restore WhatsApp Messages With Google Drive

Backup and Restore WhatsApp Messages
Backup and Restore WhatsApp Messages

It has become much easier to backup WhatsApp when the WhatsApp built-in backup feature appears. If you are an Android user, you can sync your chat history, as well as media to Google Drive in these steps:

Run WhatsApp -> Tap “Settings” -> Select “Chats” -> Click “Chat backup” -> Press “Back up to Google Drive” -> Choose a Google account to save your data to.

You can choose to manually backup your conversations to Google Drive at any time, or you can set it to automatically backup by selecting a backup frequency you like.

Part I – Transfer WhatsApp Messages from Google Drive to iPhone

The encryption technology used to backup WhatsApp on Google Drive cannot be applied to iDevices. That means you can’t retrieve WhatsApp backup from Google Drive to iPhone directly. Also, there is no way to transfer WhatsApp backup from Google Drive to iCloud so far.

Backup and Restore WhatsApp Messages
Backup and Restore WhatsApp Messages

However, you can rely on a specialized WhatsApp Transfer tool to transfer WhatsApp messages from your old Android to new iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X, 7, 7 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, 6, 6 Plus, etc. in a more straightforward way. There are many professional tools available for users to transfer all kinds of important data from phone to phone.

Part 2: Restore WhatsApp Messages from Google Drive to Android

It is relatively easy to extract WhatsApp data from Google drive and download them to your new Android like Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony, Motorola, etc. Log in with the same Google account that you used to create the backup and use the same phone number.

  • Uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp after completing the backup.
  • Verify your phone number during the setup. Then you will be prompted to restore chat history from Google Drive.
  • Click “Restore” to confirm. After that, WhatsApp will begin the restoring process.

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How to Back Up Your Whatsapp Chats To Google Drive

Backup and Restore WhatsApp Messages
Backup and Restore WhatsApp Messages

Luckily, WhatsApp automatically backs up and saves your messages to your phone’s memory on a daily basis. However, depending on your settings, you can also backup your chats to Google Drive. This way, just in case you have to delete WhatsApp from your phone, your messages will be safe. Just be sure to back things up before you uninstall the app.

Google Drive is a great way to backup all your WhatsApp messages. You can switch from Android phone to Android phone and you’ll be able to have your messages and media follow you wherever you go. It’s also a bit of extra insurance in case WhatsApp decides to one day crash beyond repair and you end up having to uninstall and reinstall it.

Here’s how to back up with Google Drive:

  • Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  • Tap the menu icon on the top right of the screen. It’s the three vertical dots.
  • Tap Settings.
  • Click Chats and calls.
  • And then tap Chat backup.
  • Tap Google Drive settings to choose the frequency with which you’d like to back up your chats.
  • Tap Account.
  • Choose the account you would like associated with the backup.
    • Tap an account in the list
    • Add account to add an account not found on the list or to create a new one.
  • Tap Allow.
  • Choose Back up over.
    • Tap the circle next to “Wi-Fi” to backup over Wi-Fi only.
    • Tap the circle next to Wi-Fi or cellular to backup via Wi-Fi or wireless data, keeping in mind that you could accrue data charges.
  • Click the box next to “Include videos” to backup video messages.
  • Tap Back Up to manually back your phone up now.

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How To Restore Whatsapp Chats From A Google Drive Backup

Backup and Restore WhatsApp Messages
Backup and Restore WhatsApp Messages

Everything’s backed up. Great! You’ve changed phones or have had to reinstall WhatsApp. Not so great. Now how do you get all your chats back? Here’s how!

  • Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  • Verify your phone number when prompted.
  • Tap Restore.
  • Tap “Next” when the restoration is complete.
  • Set up your profile just like you did the first time.
  • Tap Next at the top right of the screen.
  • Tap Continue.

How To Move Your Whatsapp Messages To A New Phone Using Google Drive

You’ve already followed the steps above and are properly backing up your WhatsApp chats to Google Drive, so all you have to do is grab a new phone and move all your chats over. Confused? Don’t be! Here’s how:

  • Add the same Google account to your new phone that you used to perform the backup on your old phone.
  • Install WhatsApp on your new device as you did on the previous one.
  • Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  • Tap Agree and continue.
  • Verify your phone number, just like you did the first time you set up WhatsApp.
  • Tap Restore to restore your WhatsApp chats from your Google Drive backup.
  • Tap Next.

Restoring and Transferring a Backup

WhatsApp will ask you to restore your chats and media from a backup once you verify your number. Simply tap RESTORE when prompted to. If WhatsApp doesn’t detect a backup, it could be because:

  • You aren’t logged into the same Google account.
  • You aren’t using the same phone number that was used to create the backup.
  • Your SD card or chat history is corrupted.
  • A backup file doesn’t exist on the Google Drive account or locally on your phone.

Note: The easiest way to transfer data to a new phone is by using Google Drive. If you want to use a local backup, you will need to transfer the files to the new phone using a computer, file explorer or SD Card. If your data isn’t stored on the /SD card/WhatsApp/ folder, you may see “internal storage” or “main storage” folders.

How Does Whatsapp Make Backup Automatically

Backup and Restore WhatsApp Messages
Backup and Restore WhatsApp Messages

For WhatsApp Auto Backup, you need to set it up first. It is pretty easy to do and involves just a few steps that you can follow without any problems. Here are the steps in detail

  • Launch WhatsApp on your phone and go to Settings > Chats. After that, select the option of Chat Backup for WhatsApp auto backup
  • Chat Backup is the screen where you can choose between a manual backup and/or set up an auto backup. Since our aim is to set up an automatic back up, we must tap on the option Auto Backup and select the frequency we prefer, in the screenshot, it is set to happen daily.
Backup and Restore WhatsApp Messages
Backup and Restore WhatsApp Messages

WhatsApp on Android devices uses Google Drive to back up all your conversations and just like in the case of an iPhone or any other iOS device, it is pretty easy for WhatsApp auto backup on Android devices as well.

  • Open WhatsApp on your phone and press the button for Options and then select Settings
  • On the next screen, you have to tap the ‘Chats and calls’ option and then select the option called Chat backup.
  • Now, you can do a manual backup by pressing the Back-Up button and/or set up the automatic back up to Google Drive function.

Troubleshooting Google Drive Backup Creation Issues

  • Verify you added a Google account to your phone.
  • Make sure you have enough available space in your Google Drive account to create a backup.
  • Verify you have Google Play services installed on your phone.
    • Note: Google Play services are only available on Android 2.3.4 and higher.
  • If you’re attempting to back up on a cellular data network, make sure that you have data for both WhatsApp and Google Play services. Please contact your provider if you’re unsure.
  • Try to create a backup over a different network.
    • Example: Try connecting to Wi-Fi if you’re unable to back up over a cellular data network.

Troubleshooting Google Drive Backup Restoration Issues

  • Make sure you’re trying to restore a backup using the same phone number and Google account that the backup was created on.
  • There’s enough space on your phone to restore the backup.
  • Ensure you have Google Play services installed on your phone.
    • Note: Google Play services are only available on Android 2.3.4 and higher.
  • Make sure your battery is fully charged or your phone is plugged into a power source.
  • Make sure your phone has a strong and stable Internet connection. If restoring using a cellular data network does not work, please try Wi-Fi.

Tips to Customize Your Google Drive

Backup and Restore WhatsApp Messages
Backup and Restore WhatsApp Messages

The “Back up to Google Drive” under “Chat backup” allows users to select the frequency of the auto backups – daily, weekly, monthly, or never. We suggest you set it to “Daily” so you have a backup of your data saved in your Google Drive every day – without fear of any data loss. But if you don’t have access to Wi-Fi every day, you can keep it to weekly as the backup consumes a decent amount of data which is otherwise limited to your mobile data plan.

You might even want to create a new Google email address for backing up your WhatsApp data, instead of syncing it with your existing Google account. The huge WhatsApp data (depending on how much you use it), therefore, will not eat into the otherwise limited storage space on your existing Google account.

Before making the WhatsApp switch to a new phone, remember to do this one thing. In your old phone, just tap on the “Chat backup” before actually setting up the WhatsApp app on your new phone. This is because, the app, even if the backup is set to daily, backs up the data at 3 AM in the morning – and not in real time. Therefore, you are advised to manually tap the “Chat backup” to have a backup of all of your data until that time in Google Drive and will prevent any inadvertent data loss.

Why Prefer Google Drive to Have a Backup?

Backup and Restore WhatsApp Messages
Backup and Restore WhatsApp Messages

While WhatsApp has been taking local backups of your data ever since it was introduced, the option to have a backup on the cloud is what we see as a boon to its users. Following are the most obvious advantages.

  1. No data loss: A lot of data is exchanged every day over WhatsApp. While the app takes to backup of your data on your phone, you may lose it completely, if the phone gets stolen, lost, or damaged. But with a backup on the cloud, you will have it with you even if your phone conks off or is lost. The data can then be easily brought to your new phone by syncing it with the Google account.
  2. Hassle free experience: Moving the WhatsApp data from your old phone to a new phone is not quite simple. It involves a few steps and requires manual transfer of files. But with the data stored in Google Drive, it’s no more a hassle to bring all of your data to your new phone.

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