Unlike Facebook Messenger or some other instant messengers, WhatsApp doesn’t store chat backups on any servers as it supports end-to-end encryption. Messages are only stored locally. We all welcome that as privacy is an important topic these days, but there is one minor downside to that.
Namely, if you uninstall WhatsApp from your device or clear app storage, all your chat history will be gone. Luckily, there’s an option to back up your chats to Google Drive which can be a lifesaver. But how do you restore those backups? Can you back up photos and videos? Keep on reading and you’ll find out in no time.
Where does WhatsApp back up my chat history?
As you probably know, WhatsApp uses Google Drive as a go-to cloud client to store backups. These backup files, due to an agreement between Google and Facebook (which owns WhatsApp), do not take any storage space. Which is great if you have a ton of multimedia-filled chats you care to save.
Every new backup just updates over the old one, uploading only changes. The downside is that you can save one and only one backup. When creating a new backup, the old one gets overwritten. This can’t be surpassed as there’s no way to export chats and store them locally.
How to configure WhatsApp chat backup?
Moving forward, you can configure a variety of options concerning backups, enable automatic backups, change the frequency of backups, etc. Also, you can allow for backups to be created on Mobile Data or change the Google Account you want to use to store backups.
Basically, a variety of nifty options you probably should inspect. Just open WhatsApp and then navigate to 3-dot menu > Settings > Chats > Chat backup and you’ll see numerous options concerning backing up your chat history along with multimedia files.
How can I get my old WhatsApp messages?
Now, restoring a backup to WhatsApp is quite simple. You’ll get prompted whenever signing into WhatsApp for the first time. Just make sure to sign
However, it depends on what Google Account you have assigned to WhatsApp. If you are using one and particular Google Account on your devices, restoring a backup should be a walk in a park.
On the other hand, if you are signed on your device with a different Google Account, you should sign in with the one related to WhatsApp or backups to restore won’t be available.
With that out of the way, here’s how to restore your WhatsApp chat history from Google Drive:
- Open Settings.
- Choose Apps and then All apps, App manager, or Manage apps.
- Open WhatsApp.
- Choose Storage.
- Clear the App Data.
- After that open WhatsApp and sign in with your number.
- Follow the instructions and, when prompted, choose to restore a backup. As simple as that.
Have in mind that backups older than 1 year will be automatically deleted from Google Drive. And no, you can’t back up the backups locally and restore them later. It’s just the way it is, sadly.
With that said, we can wrap it up. Thank you for reading and we hope this was helpful. Don’t forget to tell us what are your thoughts on the backup system WhatsApp is utilizing or present us with certain issues you’ve encountered along the way. You can do so in the comments section below.