How to Backup WeChat Chat History and Restore It

In this tutorial, you can get a helpful guide on how to backup WeChat chat history on your phone with 5 different methods and WeChat history recovery without backups.


By Lora / Updated on May 27, 2024

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How can I back up my WeChat chat history?

“How can I back up my WeChat chat history on a PC or other devices? After backing up WeChat chat history to PC, can the history be viewed on the PC?”

There are more than a billion users who regularly use the WeChat app to communicate with friends and family, and for business purposes. WeChat plays a vital role in daily life for its stunning features, including essential communication, WeChat pay, document transfer, etc.

In that case, WeChat data backup becomes essential and necessary, for there could be significant messages and data which can be accidentally deleted, due to negligence or technical problems in your WeChat account. Even if you don't have available backups, there are still methods to restore WeChat history without backup

Six Methods for backup WeChat history

As for backup WeChat chat history, here are six methods step by step for you to choose from. It's easy to back up WeChat history on a PC or cloud drive. You can select one according to your phone. For iPhone users, iTunes or iCloud could be a good way for data backup. Alternatively, free iPhone backup software could make iPhone backup and restore easier.  

Method 1. Backup WeChat chat history on PC

You can use WeChat for Windows version to backup WeChat chat history. If you haven’t synchronized the WeChat chat history between your phone and computer, WeChat for Windows can only back up the WeChat chat history recorded on the computer.

Step1. Download and install WeChat for Windows version on your computer from the page:

Step2. Scan the QR code and log in to your WeChat account. Click the three horizontal lines menu from the left bottom corner. Select “Backup and Restore” > “Back up on PC

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Step 3. Tap “Backup All” or select specific chat records that you want to save on your mobile device to confirm the backup process. Please keep your mobile device and computer connected to the same network.

The time for the backup process depends on the size of your WeChat chat history and varies from a few minutes to hours. After the process is finished, your WeChat data is stored on your computer.

 It’s recommended that you log in to your WeChat on your computer to back up data regularly. If you want to restore data for some reason, you can click “Restore on phone” to do WeChat history recovery easily.  

Method 2. Request personal data backup files on the phone (EU, US only)

Need to mention that this method is only for EU and US WeChat users to backup WeChat chat history via phone.

Step 1: Open your WeChat app on your phone (iPhone & Android).

Step 2: Tap “Me” > “Settings” > “More Settings” > “Account Security” > “Export Personal data”.

Step 3: Link your WeChat to an email address. You need to verify your email before you request a personal data export.

Step 4: Select the WeChat data type you want to export. Tap “Next” to begin the data export process.


After you submit the request for personal data export, you will receive an email with a download link. You can download your WeChat data in 72 hours. Those WeChat data don't include WeChat chat history data. Mention that all downloaded data is stored in files with an extension (.js) and you will need a way to analyze it. 

Method 3. Backup WeChat chat history via iCloud or iTunes

How to backup WeChat on iPhones? For iOS users, it can be an available way to back up WeChat chat history for those who backup iPhone data via iCloud or iTunes. When you store WeChat photos and videos in your local iPhone storage, if you back up iPhone data to iCloud, everything is synced to iCloud. When you need to recover deleted or lost iPhone data including WeChat data, you can restore data from backups

iCloud can't backup WeChat chat history directly. Tap “Settings” > [your name] > “iCloud”. Note that you can’t back up all WeChat history except photos and videos, which will be stored in the iPhone photo album. Before synchronizing your iPhone and iCloud, you need to check the storage of your iCloud able to store WeChat chat history.

You can also back up your WeChat chat history via iTunes. After connecting your iPhone and computers, enter your Apple ID and password to iTunes. In the summary category, Click “Back Up Now” to back up your  WeChat history to iTunes.


Tip: Although it is an effective way to backup WeChat chat history, you can’t view backup documents on the computer.

Method 4. Backup WeChat history to Google Drive

Here is another method for both iOS and Andriod to backup WeChat history, you can use the Google Drive app to achieve on your phone.

Tap “Settings” > “Account and Backup” > “Backup” > “Backup Now”, you can see the app data option from all backup lists. Your WeChat chat history will be back up to Google Drive. If you change to a new phone, you can also restore WeChat messages on it from the backup by using the same Google account.


Method 5. Backup WeChat data to a new phone

When the current smartphone gets damaged, you need to backup WeChat data to your new phone. Except for method 4, you can use the WeChat app “migration” function to backup WeChat data.

Step1: Log in your WeChat on your old phone

Step 2: For iPhone: tap “Me” > “Settings” > “General” > “Backup & Migrate Chats”. For Android: tap “Me” > “Settings” > “Chats” > “Backup & Migrate Chats

Step 3: Tap “Migrate Chats to Another Device

Step 4: Select WeChat chat history you want to restore in another device. You can choose "Migrate Entire Chat History" or "Migrate Partial Chat History" for iPhone. For Android, you need to tap “Select Chat History”.


Step 5: Use your new phone to log in to the same WeChat account.

Step 6: Scan the QR Code from the old phone. And then your Chats will be restored to your new device automatically.

How to backup WeChat and iPhone data easily

Sometimes, it's a little difficult to use iTunes or iCloud for iPhone backup. For example, there is not enough iCloud storage, it cost too long time for data backup, or iPhone gets stuck when using iTunes, etc. In those situations, a professional iPhone backup tool seems to be important.

It's recommended to use this iPhone backup & transfer freeware-FoneTool. It's one of best choices to back up iPhone 14/13/12/11/X/8 to computers.

Highlights of FoneTool
  • Easily Backup: You can use this app to backup all of your iPhone's photos, videos, and contacts. Memory and business files could be stored in a PC indefinitely. Messages and contacts could be backed up as well.
  • Flexible Selection: When backing up and restoring my iPhone, I preview the files and select the ones I need.
  • It is a completely free iPhone backup software with no advertisements or plug-ins.
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Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable. On the iPhone, tap Trust This Computer.

Step 2. Run and open FoneTool on the computer to which you are connected. Click "Phone Backup" > "Full Backup" > "Get Started". 

Tip: You can choose selective backup if you only want to back up Photos, Videos, Contacts, Music, and Messages on your iPhone. 


Step 3. Run and open FoneTool on the computer to which you are connected. Click "Phone Backup" > "Full Backup" > "Get Started".


Step 4. Then wait for the process to get finished. To restore the backup files, you can go to the Backup History page to load the backup to any iPhone.

How to recover WeChat chat history without backup for iPhone

It’s easy to recover the WeChat chat history if you have the backup. However, you can’t keep a backup of all things due to new data increasing constantly. AOMEI WeChat Recovery is launched for this scenario exactly. You can use it to restore WeChat history without backup.

With stunning features, AOMEI WeChat recovery becomes a popular third-party tool in recovering data for iOS users. AOMEI WeChat recovery performed perfectly in our real cases and is a must-have when you deleted important WeChat messages accidentally.

MyRecover for iOS

  • Support individual chats and group chats recovery without backup.
  • Recover WeChat contacts, chat conversations, photos, videos, voice messages, etc.
  • Preview all deleted messages and selectively export lost data.
  • Support iPhone/iPad/iPod with iOS 10 version or later.
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Steps to recover deleted WeChat messages without backup

Step 1: Download MyRecover for iOS on your computer, install it and connect your iOS device with the computer via charging cable for the scanning process.


Step 2: Authorize your iOS device to the computer and click “Scan Now” to scan your WeChat deleted data.


Step 3: The recovery process would get into the analyzing data stage automatically after scanning is finished. You could choose whatever you want to recover sorting by type, status, and time. After you find the deleted chat history, select them and click “Recover" to export WeChat data to your computer.


Tip: When you use MyRecover for iOS, you need to always keep the connection between phone and computer. The scanning process will be paused and start again due to disconnection. And the larger your WeChat files, the more time you cost, varying from minutes to hours.


From this article, you can get the method to backup WeChat chat history whatever phone you use, and find the best one to operate. Backup data regularly is recommended. If you delete WeChat history accidentally and want to recover deleted WeChat data without Wechat history backup, you can use WeChat Recovery Software - MyRecover to get it back.

Lora · Editor
Lora is an editor of AOMEI Technology. She is also a tester and editor of AOMEI Data Recovery Tools. -- "Keep testing, write the most useful tutorials for helping people recover the lost data for Windows and phones" is the most meaningful thing for her. Dedicated to creating helpful tutorials, she hopes her tutorial can assist users to effortlessly solve data loss problems on their personal computers and mobile phones.