By Demi twitter / Last update January 3, 2023

To protect WhatsApp chat history safe and never lose anything important, it is necessary to regularly backup WhatsApp messages on iPhone or Android. It is convenient to enable in-app backup feature in WhatsApp, and you are also given an option to select a backup frequency in WhatsApp.

WhatsApp icon

Here in this guide, you will know how to enable manual WhatsApp backup and choose a WhatsApp backup frequency to automatically backup WhatsApp chat history.

How to enable WhatsApp backup

If you are using WhatsApp on an iPhone, you can backup WhatsApp to iCloud, while for Android user, WhatsApp will be backed up to Google Drive. Follow the steps below to know how to manually backup WhatsApp.

Backup WhatsApp on iPhone

iCloud, as the default cloud service for iPhone backup, saves your WhatsApp backup in a hidden folder on iCloud Drive, encrypting and rendering the files unreadable. Enabling iCloud WhatsApp backup is simple. Here are the steps.

Step 1. Go to iPhone Settings app > Tap [your name] iCloud > Turn on iCloud Drive and WhatsApp.

iCloud Drive

Step 2. Open WhatsApp on your iPhone > go to its Settings > Tap Chats Chat Backup. From here, you can choose Back Up Now to backup WhatsApp immediately.

back up now

Backup WhatsApp on Android

Google Drive is the mostly used tool for WhatsApp backup on Android phone. Follow the steps below to know how to backup WhatsApp to Google Drive on Android phone.

Step 1. Open WhatsApp on your Android phone and tap the Menu button > Choose Settings > Chats > Tap Chat backup.

Step 2. Under Google Drive settings, select the Back Up to Google Drive option > Tap Only when I tap “Back up”.

backup WhatsApp to Google Drive

Step 3. Add the Google account you want to use for the backup. Lastly, tap the Back up over option to select your desired network for the backup.

Select a WhatsApp backup frequency to enable auto backup

When you enable manually WhatsApp backup by following the steps listed above, you may have found you are given option to choose backup frequency in WhatsApp. In this part, you will know more about WhatsApp backup frequency and how to enable it.

No matter whether you are using an iPhone or an Android phone, you can backup WhatsApp daily or weekly, or monthly. When you are setting an automated backup schedule, you can choose to include or exclude videos. If you have concern about available space, turning off the video option is a good idea.

include video

To enable auto backup in WhatsApp on iPhone: In WhatsApp Settings > Tap Chats Chat Backup. Choose Auto Backup instead and choose a WhatsApp backup frequency as per your need.

iCloud WhatsApp backup

On Android phones, the steps to automatically and manually backup WhatsApp are almost the same. You just need to choose a backup frequency in the last step instead of choosing Only when I tap “Back up”.

Bonus: How to backup iPhone WhatsApp to PC

It is convenient to select a backup frequency in WhatsApp and automatically backup WhatsApp on your iPhone. However, have you considered how you can backup WhatsApp to iCloud when you have insufficient iCloud storage? Will such a problem disappoint you?

If this is the case, you will require a better tool for backing up WhatsApp rather than taking time to resolve this issue. WhatsMover, a professional WhatsApp backup software for iOS devices, is highly recommended in this case.

Step 1. Launch WhatsMover > Connect your iPhone to PC via USB > When prompt, you need to tap Trust on your iPhone to let computer scan your iPhone.

Step 2. On the main interface of WhatsMover, click Back Up WhatsApp on Devices from the left pane > Click Back Up to confirm.

WhatsMover backup WhatsApp

Step 3. Wait for WhatsMover to finish the backup process. When you see the message "WhatsApp Messenger Backup Successful", click Done, and that's it.

WhatsMover backup done

Different from iCloud, WhatsMover helps create WhatsApp local backup for iOS devices. Thus, you can get your WhatsApp backed up with no storage space limitation and better protect your privacy.


Hope you will have a clear idea about how to backup WhatsApp on iPhone and Android using the in-app backup feature in WhatsApp, and of course, have a better understanding about the WhatsApp backup frequency function. If this guide is helpful, please share it with others.


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