WhatsApp needs no formal introduction. It is probably one of the most downloaded apps for communicating over text messages, thanks to the very low amount of data that it requires which is lower than standard SMS rates. WhatsApp is also useful in sharing videos and pictures, even over Wi-Fi, leaving behind MMS which requires mobile data services. The creating of WhatsApp led to competing smartphone chat apps such as LINE, Hike Messenger, etc., as well as Internet Messengers that have long been present such as Skype and Viber.
Through this guide, we will mention about some information that are common topics of discussion namely the backup and restore. Sure, we can backup messages. But WhatsApp does not provide any option regarding restoration of backups. This is the comprehensive guide that you must know about regarding the WhatsApp system.
Backup of WhatsApp messages
All Android phones by default update apps when available. Even if you manually update your apps, by this time, your current WhatsApp version supports cloud backup as well as daily backup of messages. Previously, users needed to backup messages manually.
To check your backup settings, do the following:
- Open WhatsApp on your device
- Tap on the overflow icon at the top-right corner (older devices tap the options menu to the left of your Home button)
- Tap on Settings
- Tap on Chats and calls
- Tap on Chat backup
You will now be shown the backup screen where information regarding your last backup is shown. Generally, it shows that a scheduled backup has happened at 2 AM, the previous day.
There is also a backup to Google Drive feature that uploads your latest backup on your Google Drive, and doesn’t even touch your 15GB space that comes for free. There are several options according to your preference.
Restoring of WhatsApp messages
WhatsApp does not normally restore from backups. Restoration options only appear if you are re-installing WhatsApp or if you want to transfer all of your chat history onto a new device. If WhatsApp needs to be reinstalled then do a manual backup for the latest chat history, before reinstalling the app. To do the manual backup, just go to the Chat backup page as mentioned previously and tap Backup.
If on the other hand, you want to shift their chats to another device, then these are the steps to be followed:
- Perform manual backup from the Chat backup page.
- Open the file browser. If you do not have a file browser app then I recommend using the ES File Explorer.
- Under the phone memory path hold the WhatsApp folder and tap Copy. Paste this to your memory card. If your phone does not have a memory card slot, then you need to copy this folder to your PC and transfer that folder onto your new device using USB connection.
- Paste the WhatsApp folder in the new phone memory location.
- Install WhatsApp from the Play Store and you will be prompted to perform a restore after the phone verification setup.
All chats from your previous phone will show up on your new phone.
All images and videos that you receive on your device are all allotted on your phone memory in the same WhatsApp folder. Not only that, if you were to check profile pictures of your relatives or friends then that too will also be stored on your phone’s storage device. If WhatsApp media hogs phone memory it is always best to clear them. However, if you wish to keep certain media such as video clips or photographs, that have importance, then you can easily move your contents to your memory card. Simply go to your file explorer, open WhatsApp, and move all of your images over to your memory card. The disadvantage is that you can no longer access these images directly from WhatsApp.
WhatsApp Media are also included into your daily WhatsApp backup, so if you were to move contents of your media, then WhatsApp will no longer backup those files.
These are some extensive facts about the WhatsApp backup and restore system that will provide a good understanding about how to protect chat history, as well as preserve phone memory by managing Media files.