WhatsApp Backup & Restore - How to Backup And Restore WhatsApp from Android?

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WhatsApp is the most well-received mobile application around the word. The users of this application did up to 1.5 billion monthly in October 2018! People use it to send text messages, pictures, voice calls, other media files and documents conveniently, so sometimes you need to backup and restore WhatsApp. This page gives 4 methods to backup and restore WhatsApp for Android.

Part 1. Backup And Restore WhatsApp with WhatsApp Data Transfer (Android to PC)

Sometimes you may delete WhatsApp messages due to a careless operation and have no time to backup them. In this case, you can use Android WhatsApp Data Transfer to restore the deleted messages without backup.

Android WhatsApp Data Transfer is a professional software to transfer WhatsApp data from Android to computer. No matter whether the data is deleted, it can transfer WhatsApp messages, chat history, images, videos, attachments and so forth. With it, you can preview all the recoverable data and extract them to computer selectively and completely.

In addition, this program can recover deleted contacts, call logs, text messages, messages attachments and media files from your Android device to computer. It is also a good tool for Android data recovery.

It supports many brands with Android OS from Android 2.3 to Android 8.0, including Samsung Galaxy S8/ S7/ Galaxy Note8, Moto Z2 Play/ Moto Z, HTC U11, Sony Xperia X, LG Q8, Huawei P10, Xiaomi Mi 6 and so on.

Now please go ahead and see how it works.

Step 1. Please download and install Android WhatsApp Data Recovery on your computer, here are two free trials for Windows/ Mac, you should choose the correct one according to your computer operating system.

Step 2. Launch the program, connect your Android phone to computer via a USB cable.

connect your android phone to pc

Step 3. Enable USB debugging as the prompts shown in the interface. The program will give a simple guidance about how to enable USB debugging mode on Android.

enable usb debugging

Step 4. Once your device is detected, the program will automatically scan your Android phone. Please select "WhatsApp" and "WhatsApp Attachments" > click "Next" to preview the selected data.

select whatsapp and click next to go on

Step 5. Please select the information you would like to transfer and check the detailed items, then click "Recover" to export them from Android phone to your computer. In this step, do you want to restore the deleted files? you can turn "Only display the deleted item(s)" on and tick them in batches.

restore whatsapp from android to pc

Part 2. How to Backup WhatsApp to Google Drive?

A backup function within the WhatsApp application can be used to backup and restore WhatsApp messages and chat history, as well as its attachments. If you do not have a Google account, the WhatsApp can automatically backup data to your SD card or internal storage at 2 a.m. every day. And you can restore them from the local files.

But the first choice is to backup WhatsApp to Google Drive because it will be much easier to restore from Google Drive than from local files. In this way, you can set a backup frequency at daily, weekly, monthly and whenever you tap on "Back Up".

Please have a quick look see how to backup WhatsApp to Google Drive:

Step 1. Download WhatsApp from Google Play, install and run it on your phone.

Step 2. Please go to Menu > Settings > Chats > Chat backup, then select "Backup to Google Drive" to set a backup frequency.

backup whatsapp to google drive

Part 3. How to Restore WhatsApp Backup from Google Drive? (Android to Android)

What can you do if you delete your WhatsApp messages carelessly? Or do you want to transfer your WhatsApp chat history from an old Android to a new one?

The problem can be resolved by using the simplest way - restoring WhatsApp backup from Google Drive. Of course, the precondition is that you have synced your WhatsApp to Google.

See how to restore WhatsApp messages from Google Drive:

Step 1. Please uninstall WhatsApp from your Android phone.

Step 2. Reinstall this application and sign in it. If you want to transfer WhatsApp data to a new Android device, you can take step 2 and step 3 on your new phone.

Step 3. Run the reinstalled WhatsApp and a prompt will pop up to let you restore messages and media from Google Drive. Just simply click "RESTORE", otherwise, you can never restore deleted messages later.

reinstall whatsapp on android device


1. Please connect your phone to a stable network or WiFi during the data transferring.

2. Use the same phone number and Google account that you backup your WhatsApp to restore files.

3. With no selection, it will only download all the backup files. So please make sure the internal storage space is enough.

4. If you have not backup your WhatsApp before the data deletion that you can not get them back by this way.

5. You can visit WhatsApp official website for more FAQ.

Part 4. Use Local Files to Restore WhatsApp Backup (Android to Android)

Does not have a Google account associated with WhatsApp? Thankfully, WhatsApp can automatically backup data to your SD card or internal storage at 2 a.m. every day. It supports recovering messages from local files within 7 days.

You can find your backups from SD card > WhatsApp or internal storage.

Step 1. Install a file manager and run it on your phone.

run file manager on android phone

Step 2. Click "SD card" > "WhatsApp" > "Databases". If you can not find this folder on your SD card, you can click "Phone storage" instead.

find and select whatsapp local files to restore

Step 3. Rename the files you like to restore from msgstore-YYYY-MM-DD.1.db.crypt12 to msgstore.db.crypt12.

rename whatsapp file to restore

Step 4. Uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp from Google Play, please specify the phone number you have used before.

Step 5. Click "Restore" in the "Restore chat history" window, and the job is done.


If you wish to transfer WhatsApp chat history from Android to Android, you can either reinstall and run the app, click "Restore" on the Android device which you like to transfer files to, or put your SD card off and inset it to your new Android device.

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