How to back up or restore WhatsApp data

PLEASE NOTE: that you can only back up data between devices if they are using the same Operating System. If you delete your account through the WhatsApp settings, it will also remove your backup on Google Drive.

Messages and media can be backed up using Google Drive, and restored to a new Android device. 

To back up successfully, you will need to ensure the following are in place:

1 Your mobile device must be synced with Google Drive.
2 Google Play Services must be installed (only available for Android OS 2.3.4 and higher)
3 Your Google Drive account must have enough space for your all WhatsApp data.
4 Your mobile device must have enough free space to create the backup.



Backing up WhatsApp to Google DriveClick to Expand
1 Open WhatsApp.
2 Tap More. This may show as three dots.
How to back up or restore WhatsApp data
3 Tap Settings
How to back up or restore WhatsApp data
4 Tap Calls or Chats and calls
How to back up or restore WhatsApp data
5 Tap Chat backup
How to back up or restore WhatsApp data
6 Tap Back up to Google Drive and set the backup frequency.
How to back up or restore WhatsApp data
7 Choose an account
Choose an account
8 Tap Back up
How to back up or restore WhatsApp data
9 Tap Back up again. Your messages and media will be back up to Google Drive
Tap back up again
Restoring your WhatsApp dataClick to Expand
1 You can restore your WhatsApp messages and media from Google Drive when you reinstall WhatsApp.

When you verify your phone number, WhatsApp will ask you to restore your messages and media from backup. Please note that If you don’t restore now, you won’t be able to restore later

2 Tap RESTORE when prompted to do so.

PLEASE NOTE: that WhatsApp only allows the option to back up and restore for devices with the same Operating System. This is a function of the WhatsApp application.

3 Tap NEXT

More information on backing up and restoring your WhatsApp data, can be found here.

If you're experiencing unusual behaviour on Samsung mobiles, tablets or wearables, you can send us an error report or ask us a question in the Samsung Members app.

This allows us to a closer look at what is happening. The data is anonymised and only held for the duration of the investigation. Find out more about sending an error report through the Samsung Members app.

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