[Full Guide] How to Backup WhatsApp to iCloud

On your iPhone, you can make WhatsApp backup to iCloud to keep chats safe. In this guide, you will be given a full guide about how to backup WhatsApp to iCloud, as well as to PC.

Demi by Demi Updated December 4, 2023
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How do I get my WhatsApp backup on iCloud?

Hi there. Can iCloud backup my WhatsApp chat history? I have extended my iCloud space with a subscription, and how can I enable WhatsApp backup on iCloud? Thank you.

- Question from Apple community

Not only can iCloud be used to back up your entire iPhone, but now you can also create a separate iCloud backup in WhatsApp to protect your WhatsApp chat history. To keep your WhatsApp chat safe, this guide will provide you with a full instructions to guide you to get WhatsApp backup to iCloud. Let’s get started.

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How to make WhatsApp backup to iCloud?

Both manually backing up WhatsApp and automating WhatsApp backups to iCloud on your iPhone are quite simple to set up. The requirements and steps to backup WhatsApp to iCloud on an iPhone are shown below.

Requirements to backup WhatsApp to iCloud
• WhatsApp account. You must be signed in with the Apple ID you used to access iCloud.

• iCloud space. Your free iCloud space is at least twice as big as WhatsApp data.

• iOS version. Your iPhone should be running on iOS 12 or newer.

• Wi-Fi connection. You need to connect your iPhone to a stable Wi-Fi before backing up WhatsApp.

How to backup WhatsApp to iPhone to iCloud
Step 1. Go to the Settings app on your iPhone > Tap [your name] and choose iCloud > From here, toggle on the switches beside iCloud Drive and WhatsApp if they are not enabled.

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

Step 3. You can click Back Up Now to backup your WhatsApp chat history to iCloud right now. You can also enable automatic WhatsApp backup by clicking Auto Backup and set its frequency to daily, weekly, or monthly.

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If you need to restore WhatsApp from iCloud, you can reinstall WhatsApp on your iPhone, verify your phone number, and tap Restore Chat History to make it.

WhatsApp restore backup

Bonus: Fixes to WhatsApp backup to iCloud not working

Hope you will not skip to this part after knowing how to backup WhatsApp on iPhone to iCloud. However, if unfortunately, your WhatsApp backup to iCloud not working, you may need the solutions shown below.

Check and reset network settings
WhatsApp backup to iCloud may fail because your iPhone is not connected to stable Wi-Fi. It is suggested to check your network connection. If needed, you can reset network settings from iPhone settings to avoid network issues that cause WhatsApp backup failed.

Force restart your iPhone
Chances are that the software glitches on your iPhone prevent you from successfully backup WhatsApp to iCloud. The most simple solution to make it is to force restart your iPhone.

Check your iCloud free space
As mentioned before, you should have enough free iCloud space to upload WhatsApp backup to iCloud. If you don’t have enough available iCloud storage, you can delete unnecessary old iCloud backups or upgrade iCloud storage by the following steps.

Go to iPhone Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Choose Manage Storage > Upgrade to choose your upgrade plan.

iCloud upgrade option

If it is your issue, and you don’t want to pay for extra iCloud storage space, you can try iCloud alternative introduced in the next part to backup WhatsApp on iPhone without iCloud.

How to backup WhatsApp on iPhone without iCloud

Instead of backing up iPhone WhatsApp chats to a cloud service like iCloud, the WhatsApp data backup software - FoneTool provides you with an offline backup service and saves your backup files locally with no storage limitation.

Features and advantages of FoneTool
• Unlimited storage space. With the help of FoneTool, you can choose to save your WhatsApp backup to any location as per your need, including local folders on your computer, external hard drives, NAS, and so on.
• Offline backup process. There are no network requirements during the backup process in FoneTool. As long as you connect your iPhone and computer with USB, the backup will be done.
• Easy and fast backup task. With simple a few clicks, you can finish the backup task in FoneTool in a short time.
• Better protect your privacy. FoneTool employs offline backup and then keeps your backup data locally, differing from iCloud in that it somewhat prevents privacy leaking.

You can download FoneTool to your computer, and follow the three steps below to backup WhatsApp on iPhone to PC locally.

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Step 1. Launch FoneTool > 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 FoneTool, click WhatsApp Manager from the left pane > Click Get Started under Backup WhatsApp.

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Step 3. Enable backup encryption and select a storage path as per your need > Click Start Backup, and wait for FoneTool to finish the backup process. 

Start Backup

It's also a piece of cake to browse, restore, or delete the WhatsApp backup in FoneTool. Just head to the Backup History page, and you can make it.

Restore Backup

FoneTool also offers you services to manage iCloud data. You can utilize it to browse, upload, and delete files on iCloud and iCloud Drive directly.


That’s all for the instructions to get WhatsApp backup to iCloud. Now, you will certainly be able to keep your WhatsApp data safe. As you can see, you can also utilize a third-party backup tool to backup WhatsApp to your computer locally. If this guide helps you, share it with others.

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