Moving to a new Android smartphone? You will want to carry all your WhatsApp messages and group chats with you. If you keep the same number, you can easily back up and restore WhatsApp messages using Google Drive
And you don’t need to use a third-party utility for that. All you have to do is link your Google account with WhatsApp backups. This way, WhatsApp will automatically back up new messages to Google Drive This is how you can backup and restore WhatsApp from Google Drive
How to backup WhatsApp to Google Drive on Android
Make sure your old Android device is still activated and working.
- Open the WhatsApp app on your Android smartphone and press the Menu button.
- Go to Settings> Chats here.
- Now select “Chat”. Backup.
- Scroll down and select the “Back up to Google Drive” option.
- The application will ask if you want to create a backup manually or automatically. your data for a day, week or month. If you are doing this on an old phone and only want to move your data once, select the “Only when I click Backup” option.
- In the next pop-up window, select the desired Google account. for backup. If you don’t see your Google account here, you’ll need to go to the Settings app and sign in with your account.
- On the next screen, click the Allow button to link your WhatsApp account with Google Drive
- This completes the configuration process. In the Chat Backup section, click the Backup button to start the backup process.
- In the Chat Backup section, scroll down to configure your backups. In the “Back up over” section, you can switch to Wi-Fi or cellular. And you can enable “Include Video” option to backup video.
WhatsApp will start backing up all your messages and data.
How to restore WhatsApp from Google Drive on Android
After completing the backup process from your old device, it’s time to move to your new Android smartphone. Here, set up your Android smartphone with the same Google account and don’t forget to transfer the SIM before starting the recovery process.
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- After setting up the new device, download and install the WhatsApp app
- Open the application and click the Accept and Continue button.
- Then, enter your phone number and click “Next”.
- Confirm the number and click OK.
- WhatsApp will now send you a confirmation SMS. If the application has access to the Messages application, the process will be completed automatically. If not, you will have to manually enter a verification code.
- WhatsApp will now ask for permission to access data on your device. Click the “Continue” button.
- WhatsApp will ask you for permission to access your contacts. Click the “Allow” button.
- The next pop-up window will ask you for permission to access local files. Also click Allow.
- WhatsApp will now search for backups from local storage or Google Drive Once the latest backup has been found, you will see the details on the screen. Due to the way WhatsApp works, you will have to choose data recovery right now. Once the setup is complete, you will not be able to restore your data (without reinstalling the app).
- Therefore, check the backup details to make sure it is the latest backup. Then click the “Restore” button.
- Then click Next.
- Now enter your WhatsApp display name and click Next.
- After the initialization process is complete, you will see an option to set up a Google Drive backup service on your new phone. The best choice here is Daily. Then click the Finish button.
And here it is. Now you will see how all your WhatsApp conversations have returned to their former greatness. WhatsApp will restore the messages first and the media will download in the background. This means that even if you have a huge backup over 1 GB in size, you can start using WhatsApp right away.
If you’re having trouble trying to restore WhatsApp from Google Drive, try one of the following solutions.
- First, you should know that this feature only works between Android devices. There is no official way to transfer messages from iPhone (which backs up messages to iCloudfrom iPhone to Android, you will need to manually export individual chats for backup.
- Make sure you are using the same Google Drive account for the backup and restore process.
- Make sure you are using the same phone number on both devices.
- If WhatsApp freezes during the recovery process, make sure you are connected to a reliable Wi-Fi network. If you are using a cellular network, try switching to Wi-Fi.
- If WhatsApp cannot find the backup file to restore, it may have failed during the backup process. Or the file may be damaged. In this case, you can go back to your old device to repeat the backup process.
- Make sure Google Play Services is installed and active on your Android smartphone.
- Make sure your device has enough memory for data recovery and that your smartphone is fully charged. It may take some time to fully recover all WhatsApp data from Google Drive
Now that you have restored WhatsApp from Google Drive to your device, how do you plan to use WhatsApp on your new device? Share with us in the comments below!
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