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Backing up and restoring data stored on WhatsApp might not be something you think about daily, but it comes in very handy in case you lose or change your phone, thing that can happen any time. This is a great solution for moving data from one device to another, while at the same time keeping it safe and storing it effectively.

Make sure that your phone is synced with Google Drive and that you have the Google Play Services installed (available for Android 2.3.4 or newer). Also, you have to have enough space on the Drive for the WhatsApp data and there has to be enough free space on the device in order for the backup to be created.

Here are the steps you need to know in order to back up messages and media through Google Drive, but keep in mind that you can only store back data on a different device if it uses the same OS as the previous one.

  1. Open WhatsApp.
  2. Tap on More. This is the three vertical dots icon menu on the right top side.
  3. Tap on Settings.
  4. Go to Chats and Calls.
  5. Select Chat Backup.
  6. Find the option Back up to Google Drive and select whatever backup frequency you want: never, only on request, daily, weekly or monthly.
  7. Simply tap on Back up and your media and messages will be saved to Google Drive.

For restoring the app, you will just need to download and install the app on the second device. Automatically, upon installation, after it verifies your device, the app will prompt you if you want to restore the media and messages it found on the backup. Keep in mind that this is the only time it will ask you this, so make sure you tap on Restore when you see the button, so that you won’t lose any data.