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Everything You Need to Know about WhatsApp iCloud Backup

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iCloud brings WhatsApp users an easy way to save conversations on their iPhones. In just a few steps, you can back up all of your chats, including photos and other media files to iCloud. Once it's done, you can access and restore these backups to your device when you need them. This may sound simple, but how to back up and restore your Whatsapp?

In this tutorial, we will tell you everything you need to know about WhatsApp iCloud backup. Plus, a bonus tip on how to back up and restore WhatsApp without iCloud is also offered in the final part. This is to prevent the problem "can't back up or restore an iCloud backup" from stopping you to back up your WhatsApp.

Part 1. How to Back Up WhatsApp to iCloud

Technically, iCloud offers two options for you to back up WhatsApp messages. One is to do an iCloud backup of the entire iPhone/iPad, which includes your WhatsApp data. Another is to enable in-app chat backup in WhatsApp. They may be similar, but there are some differences between them, as listed below.

iCloud backup of the entire device: Back up the whole device, including your WhatsApp data. When you restore this backup to a new phone, it will restore the whole backup to your device.

WhatsApp iCloud backup: Backup only WhatsApp data. When you restore your data to a new phone, it will only restore WhatsApp messages.

If you have both backup options enabled on your device, your iCloud will make a double backup of your WhatsApp. Also, it will take double the space of your iCloud space. Hence, we advise you to keep the built-in WhatsApp backup enabled and untick it from the iPhone backup. But if you stick to make an iCloud backup of your device, you can also do it.

Option 1. How to backup only WhatsApp to iCloud

To use this method, first of all, you'll need to enable iCloud Drive.

Step 1. Go to the Settings app on your iPhone > [your name] > iCloud.

Step 2. Scroll down to find "iCloud Drive," make sure this option is turned on.

Enable iCloud Drive on iPhone

Step 3. Go to WhatsApp > Settings > Chat > Tap on "Chat Backup."

Step 4. From the Chat Backup page, you can choose to manually backup by tapping "Back Up Now" or choose to automatically backup by tapping "Auto Backup" and choosing your backup frequency. Additionally, you can choose to include or exclude videos from the backup.

Backup WhatsApp chat history

Option 2. How to backup the whole device to iCloud

This method requires you to enable iCloud Backup, which means you will back up all of your iPhone data, including photos, messages, contacts, videos, etc. These data may soon eat up the limited iCloud storage space (only 5GB for free), so you may need to buy more storage space. And it is worth noting that this method won't let you restore WhatsApp messages only when you need to restore.

Step 1. Go to the Settings app on your device > Tap on [your name] > Tap "iCloud." 

Step 2. Tap "Backup" > Turn on "iCloud Backup."

Enable iCloud backup

Note: If you don't want to back up WhatsApp to iCloud, you can also back up WhatsApp without iCloud.

Part 2. How to Restore WhatsApp from iCloud

Once you've backed up WhatsApp messages to iCloud, you can restore them whenever you want. If you have no idea how to restore, you can follow these steps to do it.

Step 1. Delete and reinstall WhatsApp on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 2. Log in to WhatsApp with the same account you use to make a backup. Also, make sure that the device logs in the same iCloud account.

Step 3. Then, WhatsApp will automatically detect the existing backup and show you an available backup > Simply tap "Restore Chat History" to get it back.

Restore WhatsApp Chat from iCloud

If you want to restore your whole device from an iCloud backup, you can follow the steps listed below.

Step 1. Factory reset your iPhone or iPad to take it to its original state.

Step 2. Set up your iPhone from scratch.

Step 3. When you come to the Set up your iPhone page, choose "Restore from iCloud Backup."

Step 4. Enter your Apple ID and password.

Step 5. Select the relevant backup to restore.

Set Up iPhone

Part 3. How to Find My WhatsApp Backup in iCloud

Want to access your backup and see the contents you backed up to iCloud? Here is a feasible way to do it. But this method only works for Mac.

Step 1. Launch Terminal (in /Applications/Utilities folder) on your Macbook and type the following commands:

cd ~/Library/Mobile\ Documents/

find *whatsapp*

Step 2. Then, you'll see all the files related to your WhatsApp backup. And the documents, images, and videos are stored in separate, unencrypted archives: Documents.tar, GIF.tar, Media.tar, Picture.tar, Video.tar.

Find WhatsApp from iCloud

Note: If you don't see anything, just make sure your iCloud Drive has been enabled. If you only see *.icloud files, then turn off “optimize mac storage” in the icloud system preferences.

Step 3. To extract what's inside, you can copy these files to your desktop via the following terminal command:

cp *whatsapp*/Accounts/*/backup/*.tar ~/Desktop

Step 4. After exporting, double-click on the .tar files to extract a folder structure contains the files organized by conversation.

Part 4. Fixes to "Can't Back Up or Restore a WhatsApp iCloud Backup" Issue

Many reasons might cause "can't back up or restore a WhatsApp iCloud backup" issue. It is possible that your iCloud is running out of storage, your network works improperly, or some other system issues.

Regardless of the reasons, you can use this WhatsApp manager - EaseUS MobiMover to back up and restore your WhatsApp data. With this program, you can:

  • Transfer WhatsApp messages from one iPhone to another
  • Back up WhatsApp from iPhone to PC
  • Restore WhatsApp chat from the backup (Supports previewing before restoring)
  • Print WhatsApp media files from computer

Now, you can start to back up your WhatsApp data with this program. If you wish to restore, you can go to check this guide on how to restore WhatsApp from backup.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable, launch EaseUS MobiMover, and choose "WhatsApp" > "Backup".

Choose WhatsApp backup

Step 2. Select the location you want to back up WhatsApp data to and click "Back up" to start backing up your WhatsApp messages and attachments to PC.

Back Up whatsApp to PC - select backup location

Step 3. Wait for the backup process to complete. The messages will be saved as an HTML file on your Mac. Thus, you can view the details with a browser whenever you want.

Back up WhatsApp to PC - backup process

Step 4. When it has done, you can go to "WhatsApp" > "Backup History" to check the WhatsApp messages and attachments in the backup.

Back up WhatsApp to PC - backup complete

The Bottom Line

Thank you for reading our post. That's all information about WhatsApp iCloud backup. If you have many other good ideas related to this topic, don't hesitate to share them with us. We hope this guide is helpful to you. If it indeed helps you, you can share it with your friends who are facing the same problem.

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