[3 Ways] How to Backup WhatsApp Chat in iPhone

You may wonder how to backup WhatsApp chat in iPhone to keep files safe. Here in this guide, you will be given three useful tools together with relative instructions for how to backup iPhone WhatsApp chat.

Demi by Demi Updated September 12, 2023
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Do you use WhatsApp as your main communication tool? What a tragedy it would be if all of those conversations—not to mention any photos or videos that were shared but never saved - were lost or destroyed with your iPhone.

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To prevent such tragedy from happening to you, it is a wise choice to make a separate backup of WhatsApp chat history. In this guide, you will know how to backup WhatsApp chat in iPhone using three effective tools in detail. Let’s get started.

How to backup WhatsApp chat in iPhone via iCloud

iCloud is the tool that most people use to backup their iPhone now. In addition to backing up and syncing your iPhone data, it can also help you create a separate WhatsApp-only backup inside WhatsApp.

✍Preparations before backup process
Make sure you have enough free space in iCloud, generally twice as big as the WhatsApp data you're about to backup.

You also need to check that you’re using the same phone number in WhatsApp and iCloud.

Steps to backup WhatsApp chat in iPhone via iCloud
Now, follow the steps below to backup iPhone WhatsApp chats to iCloud.

Step 1. On your iPhone, go to Settings > Tap [your name] > iCloud > Turn on iCloud Drive and WhatsApp if they are not enabled.

iCloud Drive

Step 2. Open WhatsApp on your iPhone > Go to its Settings > Chats > Chat Backup.

Step 3. You can tap Back Up Now to backup WhatsApp chats to iCloud right now. You can also tap Auto Backup and select an auto backup frequency to backup it.

iCloud WhatsApp backup

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How to backup WhatsApp chat in iPhone to PC

How do you backup WhatsApp if iCloud is full? If you are unwilling to pay for more iCloud storage, you may wonder how to backup WhatsApp chat in iPhone without iCloud and how to save WhatsApp backup to PC locally.

You can try FoneTool, a professional WhatsApp data backup tool for iOS devices. Different from cloud backup tools like iCloud, FoneTool uses offline backup and then stores your backup files locally, avoiding your privacy leakage to some extent.

How to backup WhatsApp chat in iPhone to PC using FoneTool
Step 1. Download and open FoneTool on your computer > Connect your iPhone to PC via USB > You may need to tap Trust on your iPhone to let your PC access your iPhone data.

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Step 2. On the main interface of FoneTool, click WhatsApp Manager > Choose WhatsApp > Mouser over to Backup WhatsApp and click Get Started.

Backup WhatsApp

Step 3. You can enable Backup Encryption to protect your privacy > Select a destination to save backup files from Backup Storage Path > Click Start Backup to begin the task.

Start Backup

Now, you will get a local WhatsApp backup on your computer. To browse backup files, restore the backup, and delete it, just head to the Backup History page to make it.

Restore Backup

How to backup WhatsApp to Google Drive on iPhone

If you have used WhatsApp on an Android phone, you may be used to backing up WhatsApp to Google Drive. While if you want to backup WhatsApp to Google Drive on iPhone, you need to be noted that you cannot directly backup iPhone WhatsApp chats to Google Drive. And Google Drive can only backup your WhatsApp photos and videos.

If you still want to backup WhatsApp to Google Drive on iPhone, you can save WhatsApp photos and videos to iPhone first, and then backup them to Google Drive.

Step 1. On your iPhone WhatsApp, go to Settings > Tap Chats

Step 2. Toggle on the switch beside Save to Camera Roll to automatically save photos and videos to your iPhone’s Camera Roll. 

Enable save to camera roll

Step 3. Open the Google Drive app on your iPhone > Go to Settings > Tap Backup.

Google Drive app backup

Step 4. Choose Photos & videos and enable it > Back to the Backup page, and click START BACKUP to start backup WhatsApp photos and videos to Google Drive.

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In conclusion, you will know how to backup WhatsApp chat in iPhone using iCloud, FoneTool, and Google Drive. By comparison, I stand for the third-party backup tool FoneTool, since it provides the best backup experience among them.

Hope you can also get the most satisfying WhatsApp backup way from this guide. If this guide is helpful, share it with others.


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