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Do you want to keep your WhatsApp messages intact even when your phone dies on you? Save a copy of them in the iCloud when using iOS mobile devices, and Google Drive for Android.

What is great about cloud backup is that chats and other media are transferable, even if you switch phones or need to replace the old one for whatever reason. Even if you do this in another part of the world, you can still access your chats and media for as long as you can connect to the cloud.

How to backup WhatsApp in iCloud

  1. Sign in to iCloud on Settings > iCloud.
  2. Log in to your WhatsApp account.
  3. Tap WhatsApp Settings > Chats > Chat Backup > Back Up Now.

From that minute onward, all chat history and media, except videos, will be saved to iCloud. If your Apple device runs on iOS 7, you need to activate Document and Data settings. Go to Settings > iCloud > Documents & Data, and toggle the switch on.

How to backup WhatsApp in Google Drive

  1. Open WhatsApp, and go to Menu > Settings > Chats > Chat backup.
  2. Tap on “Back up” for an immediate backup, or “Back up to Google Drive”, where you can set how often back up should be done.
  3. Select a Google account where chat history will be saved. Simply tap “Add account” when prompted, if you don’t have an existing Google account.
  4. Tap on “Back up over” to choose which network will be used for backup.

For the backup process to work, your mobile device must be synced with your Google Drive that has enough storage space to accommodate your WhatsApp data. Your phone must have enough storage space to create a backup as well. It is important to remember that for each backup made on Google Drive, the old one will be overwritten.

Here’s how you can restore deleted WhatsApp chats on iOS and Android.