Full Guide on How to Backup WhatsApp from iPhone

Are you unsure about how to backup WhatsApp to iCloud? Now you can backup Whatsapp to iPhone using iCloud, iTunes, or without iCloud. The below guides make the process very easy and straightforward.

Author Avatar Joy Taylor Last Updated: Jul. 14, 2022
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Whether you use WhatsApp to connect with people in your inner circle or those halfway around the world, it might be a good idea to maintain a record of your conversations. If you damage your phone or download a corrupt update, you may have to reinstall the software on your iPhone. Such a reinstallation, or buying a new phone, may result in a loss of conversations on WhatsApp which could be a major problem, especially if you rely on WhatsApp to conduct business.

Rather than losing those conversations for good, you should continuously back them up so that you have a backup in case something happens with your phone. Below are three ways that you can backup WhatsApp on iPhone.

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How to Backup WhatsApp on iPhone without iCloud

How can I backup WhatsApp on iPhone without iCloud? How do you backup WhatsApp if iCloud is full? If you do not have enough iCloud storage to store WhatsApp data or other iPhone files, you can choose to delete WhatsApp backup from iCloud. Besides, if you don’t want to lose the WhatsApp that contains valued memories, you can make a WhatsApp local backup iPhone, here is a way for you to extract WhatsApp from iPhone to computer. And the tool is AnyTrans, which is a powerful iOS data manager [iOS 15/14 supported].

With AnyTrans, you can always get back your WhatsApp chat history along with all the files you’ve sent or received. What’s more, AnyTrans also give you an easy way how to backup WhatsApp from Android to iPhone.

Now, follow the steps below to back up WhatsApp data:

Step 1. Download AnyTrans on your computer (PC/Mac) > Connect your iPhone via USB cable.

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Step 2. Click on the Social Messages Manager, here you can transfer, back up, and restore WhatsApp, Line, and Viber data > Choose WhatsApp and click Back Up Now.

Backup WhatsApp on Old iPhone

Backup WhatsApp on Old iPhone

Step 3. Next, you can toggle Enable Backup Encryption on, choose iPhone WhatsApp local backup location and set a password. Or click Back Up Now button directly.

Choose Set Password for WhatsApp Backup and Back Up Now

Choose Set Password for WhatsApp Backup and Back Up Now

After that, you can restore WhatsApp backup as you want. Except for that, you can also transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to iPhone, or Android to iPhone with AnyTrans.

How to Backup WhatsApp with iCloud

One of the easiest ways to backup your WhatsApp on iPhone is by using iCloud. If you have your iCloud account logged in on your iPhone, you can complete this backup effortlessly. Those who are not logged into iCloud on their phone should do so before attempting the backup.

Automatically Backup WhatsApp

Ensure iCloud is enabled on your device by going to iPhone Settings, tap iCloud and then ensuring the iCloud Backup option is “on.” Then you can backup WhatsApp or any other application on your iPhone.

  1. When you have enabled the iCloud Backup option on your iPhone, you are all set. Then open WhatsApp > go to Settings > Chats > Chat Backup > Enable the automatic backups option by tapping Auto Backup and choose your backup frequency.
  2. Your WhatsApp messages should be backed up every few days or every week, and you can always go back and restore the most recent backup should you uninstall WhatsApp by mistake or experience a problem after a software update.

    Back up WhatsApp on iPhone

    Back up WhatsApp on iPhone

Manually Backup WhatsApp

Perhaps you have an important conversation with someone about a personal or work matter. You want a backup of this conversation only, and having screenshots of the conversation is not enough. Follow the steps below to backup WhatsApp chat right away:

  1. Open up WhatsApp on your iPhone > Visit the Chat Settings > Click on Chat Backup, and then click Backup Now.
  2. Select the iCloud or Google account you’d like to back up your chat history.
  3. All your WhatsApp data is now safe, and you can restore that backup through the app anytime you have a problem with your conversations not showing up.

    Back up WhatsApp messages with iCloud on iPhone

    Back up WhatsApp messages with iCloud on iPhone

How to Backup WhatsApp Chat on iPhone

If you do not want to use iCloud on your iPhone for whatever reason, you have some other options regarding backups for your WhatsApp conversations. You can choose to use iTunes. There is a detailed guide later in this article that explains how you can use iTunes to backup all your WhatsApp conversations.

How to Backup WhatsApp to iTunes

One of the effortless ways to backup WhatsApp to iPhone is by using iTunes. If you are unsure how to backup WhatsApp to iTunes, read the guide below and all your questions will be answered. One fact you should know is that if you are choosing to backup WhatsApp through iTunes, you are backing up your entire device, not only the data that comes from WhatsApp.

  1. Download the latest version of iTunes and update your iOS devices as well. Using previous versions of either program may cause some problems when you are backing up your device, or attempting to restore a previous backup.
  2. Connect your device to the computer that you are planning to use. Use the same Lightning USB cable that charges your iPhone to connect it to the computer.
  3. Check to see that your iPhone is now connected to your computer. A notification should appear somewhere in the top right corner if you are using a Mac, or the bottom right if you are using Windows. The computer should recognize your device like an iPhone, and then you can use iTunes to complete your backup.
  4. Start your backup by clicking on your iPhone on the top left-hand side of the program, and then click the “Back Up Now” button. That button will take care of everything, and all you must do is ensure you are not disconnecting your iPhone at any point in this process.
Backup WhatsApp via iTunes

Backup WhatsApp via iTunes

Your backup with iTunes is now complete, and you can connect the same phone or a new iPhone to your computer if you wish to restore WhatsApp or all your iPhone settings.

Such a process does take a bit longer than only backing up WhatsApp. If anything should happen to your iPhone, you can do a complete backup through iTunes to restore your app downloads and settings.

Exporting WhatsApp Conversations on iPhone

Sometimes you may want to save a single conversation, or a series of conversations with one other person from your WhatsApp account. While you can create a backup of your entire account, or your phone iPhone, you may want this conversation accessible to you on another device.

That is when you may want to export conversations from your WhatsApp account on iPhone. Then you can read these conversations individually, or share them with other people.

  1. Open up WhatsApp > Visit the Chats section > Click on the conversation that you want to save to another device.
  2. When the chat is open, click on the other person’s name near the top of your iPhone screen.
  3. You will see another page open, where you can view some data about the other person and your conversation.
  4. Scroll all the way to the end of that page, and you will see a button that says “Export Chat.”
  5. Click on the Export Chat button, and decide if you want to attach media from the conversation or only save the text of the conversation.
  6. Then you can choose to export the chat through any of the available options on your iPhone.
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Export WhatsApp Chats from iPhone

The most common ways to export the chat include sending it to another person on WhatsApp, sharing it as a text message or email, or saving the chat as a text file on your iPhone.

Q & A of WhatsApp Backup

Can I backup WhatsApp on iPhone to Google Drive?

You can only save the WhatsApp chats on an Android phone to Google Drive, and you can choose to include or exclude any media from the chat during that process. Because iPhone users always use the iCloud platform for backup and restore operations. And WhatsApp does not provide an option to directly backup WhatsApp messages on iPhone to Google Drive.

How Do I Transfer My WhatsApp to My New iPhone?

To complete transferring your WhatsApp account to a new iPhone process, you can either restore the backup that you have created on iCloud or iTunes, or you can individually retrieve all the WhatsApp data from within the app

  • When you get a new iPhone, you can log into your iCloud account and the phone will begin restoring all your applications, files and settings. The process can take anywhere from 15 minutes to a few hours, depending on the amount of data and the speed of your internet connection.
  • You can use iTunes to complete the same process, but you must have created a backup as explained in the iTunes section above. Such a restoration is usually a lot faster, as you are locally transferring the files from your computer to iPhone, not accessing them from the cloud. If you do not want to restore all the settings and applications from your old iPhone, but you do want access to the same WhatsApp account, you should install the application on your new iPhone.
  • When you open WhatsApp, register the same cell phone number you were using on your old iPhone. You may have to submit a code that is texted to you, and then WhatsApp should restore all your conversations and settings from the most recent manual backup you made within the application.

Keep Your WhatsApp Messages Secure

By maintaining a backup of your WhatsApp messages, you have a record of every conversation you have on that platform. Whether you are conversing about work or personal matters, you can always go back and search those conversations if you have a backup.

Avoid losing such important data about your life by using one of the above methods to backup WhatsApp from iPhone. Now you will not have to worry about losing your WhatsApp data, should you update your phone or buy a new model.

The Bottom Line

The above are all the methods to backup WhatsApp on iPhone. As you can see, AnyTrans can help you backup WhatsApp on iPhone without iCloud easily. So, just download it and have a try! If you find this article helpful, please share it with your family and friends. If you have any questions, you can also leave a message in the comment area.

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