How Can I Delete a WhatsApp Backup from Google Drive

You might want to delete WhatsApp backups for various reasons. Here are the options for you to delete the data and you can disable the backup on Android first.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Jan. 04, 2021

How can I delete all WhatsApp backups? So it does not ask for restoring when I get a new device.

If you are experiencing issues with making a WhatsApp backup like backup stuck, or you are bidding goodbye to this instant messaging app, one of the things you would want to do is to delete your WhatsApp backup. This ensures that all of your conversations and the data associated with them are gone from your device for safety.

If you use WhatsApp on an Android device, your backups are likely stored with Google Drive. Then how to delete backups from Google Drive from Android users? Here are some ways that you can safely and easily remove your cloud backups.

Further Reading: How to Easily Delete Photos on Android >

Before Deleting WhatsApp Backup

If I Delete WhatsApp Backup from Google Drive

If you delete a WhatsApp backup from Google Drive, you cannot restore that backup on your current Android device or from Android to a new iPhone. Also, your new device will not ask you to restore a backup if you have deleted the backup from Google Drive.

How to Remove Google Account from WhatsApp

You can remove your Google account from WhatsApp by heading to the Google Drive site, clicking the cog icon, selecting Settings, choosing Manage Apps on the right, clicking Options next to WhatsApp Messenger, and finally clicking Disconnect from Drive.

Further Reading: How to Back Up Android WhatsApp Data >

How to Disable WhatsApp Backup on Your Android Phone

Before you go ahead and begin to remove your backups, you need to first disable the automatic backup option on your phone.

If you do not do this, your phone will create and save another backup in your Google account, and there is no point deleting your backup if this keeps happening.

  1. Launch WhatsApp on your phone, tap the three-dots at the top-right, and select Settings.
  2. Tap Chats followed by Chat backup on your screen.
  3. You should find an option that says Back up to Google Drive. Tap on this option and then choose Never.
Prevent WhatsApp Backups to Google Drive

Prevent WhatsApp Backups to Google Drive

From now onwards, WhatsApp will never back up your chats and media to Google Drive. This ensures a copy of your data is not created right after you delete it on the Drive.

How to Delete the WhatsApp Backup from Google Drive

You can find and check WhatsApp backup in Google Drive via app and web page, so the option to delete a WhatsApp backup is available on both the Google Drive app as well as the web version for the Drive. Choose either option to remove your backup.

Option 1: Delete a WhatsApp Backup Using the Google Drive Mobile App

  1. Launch the Google Drive app on your Android phone.
  2. Tap the three horizontal lines in the top-left corner and select Backups. This should display all your backups saved in Google Drive.
  3. Find your WhatsApp backup in the list. The backup should have a date written next to it, and this tells you when the backup was made.
  4. Once you have found the right backup, tap the three dots next to it and select Delete backup.
Remove the WhatsApp backup from Google Drive App

Remove the WhatsApp backup from Google Drive App

Option 2: Delete a WhatsApp Backup Using the Google Drive Web Version

  1. Open the Google Drive site in your browser.
  2. Click the settings icon at the top and choose Settings.
  3. Click Manage Apps on the left and find WhatsApp Messenger on the right.
  4. Select the Options button next to WhatsApp Messenger and choose Disconnect from Drive.
Remove WhatsApp Backup from Google Drive

Remove WhatsApp Backup from Google Drive

In case you deleted data mistakenly, you can restore WhatsApp without backup or restore from backup earlier.

How to Permanently Delete Whatsapp Messages on Android

Even though you have deleted your WhatsApp backup from your Google Drive account, the backup files should still be present locally on your phone. You need to delete these backup files as well as clear your conversations to permanently delete WhatsApp messages.

1. Deleting the Local WhatsApp Backups

  1. Open the file manager app on your Android phone.
  2. Navigate to your internal storage and open the WhatsApp folder.
  3. Open the Databases folder and delete all of the files here.
Remove the Local WhatsApp Backup

Remove the Local WhatsApp Backup

2. Clearing All Conversations in WhatsApp

  1. Step 1. Launch the WhatsApp app on your phone.
  2. Step 2. Head into Settings > Chats > Chat history in the app.
  3. Step 3. Tap the option that says Delete all chats to remove all your chats from the app.
  4. Step 4. You can clear your chats as well by tapping the Clear all chats option.
Erasing All WhatsApp Conversations

Erasing All WhatsApp Conversations

Note: make sure not to delete any other internal files on your phone.

The Bottom Line

That’s all for how to delete WhatsApp backup from Google Drive and you can also permanently delete WhatsApp messages from Android. If you have further questions, feel free to leave your comments below and share with us.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.