Thursday, February 4, 2021

How To Backup WhatsApp Messages on Android

WhatsApp was launched as an alternative to Short Message Service (SMS). It's the biggest messaging platform. WhatsApp has over 1 million unique users from 180 countries. Every day, people use WhatsApp to text for personal and business use.

By default, WhatsApp chats get saved to your phone on a daily basis. Local backups will be automatically created every day by 2.00 AM.

This doesn't mean that your chats are backed up to cloud storage. To backup WhatsApp messages to the cloud, you need to give access to it.

If you're relying on mobile data, you may want to save data on Android. So, you could even postpone WhatsApp back up with a simple trick.

On Android, WhatsApp chats are allowed to save to Google drive. For each Gmail account, Google gives 15 GB of cloud storage. Starting November 12, 2018, WhatsApp backup will no longer count against your Google Drive storage limit.

So, you could backup WhatsApp messages and media files without the quota issue.

How to backup WhatsApp messages on Android

The partnership between Google and WhatsApp is good news for Android users. You could use free cloud storage to backup WhatsApp messages.


  • Android phone.
  • Active Gmail account.
  • Google Play Services is installed on your Android device.
  • Reliable Internet connection (mobile data or wifi).

How To Backup WhatsApp Messages on Android?

Follow these simple steps given below to explore WhatsApp backup options.

  • Launch WhatsApp on your Android phone.
  • Tap on 3 vertical dots on top-right-corner.
  • Tap Settings.

WhatsApp chat setting

  • Touch the Chats option.

WhatsApp chat backup option

  • Select Chat Backup from the list.

WhatsApp backup screen

This is the main screen where we can able to change WhatsApp backup settings. 

What are the Chat Backup options You Will Get on WhatsApp?

  • Manual Backup.
  • Backup to Google Drive.
  • Account.
  • Backup over.
  • Include videos.


  • Under Google Drive settings, tap on Backup to Google Drive. You will see the below options:

WhatsApp backup options to explore

1. If you don't want to backup WhatsApp chat automatically, choose Never.

2. To back up when you wish to do, choose Only when I tap "Back up".

3. If you would like to backup your chats every day, choose the option called Daily.

4. To backup Weekly or Monthly, choose the appropriate option.

Now, we need to tap on the second option for manual backup.

  • Under the Account option, choose your preferred Gmail account if you have multiple addresses. If you don't already set up a Gmail account in WhatsApp, add one when prompted.
  • Under the Back up over option, choose Wi-Fi if you're connected to a WiFi connection. Otherwise, choose Wi-Fi or cellular.
  • To backup videos you've received through WhatsApp, tick the Include videos option.

Once you've made all the settings, then tap on the Backup button.

WhatsApp backup live

That's all and you're done. 

Just wait until your WhatsApp messages have backed up to Google Drive. After backing up WhatsApp messages to Google Drive, your previous backup (if any) will be overwritten.


If you would like to buy a new Android phone, you should back up your WhatsApp chat to Google Drive on your old phone. The cloud backup will help you to get the data even if you lost your beautiful Android phone. Thus, we recommend you leverage this free backup service on WhatsApp.