[6 Ways] How to Backup WhatsApp on iPhone in 2024

WhatsApp messages contain your wonderful stories. This guide gives you 6 ways to back up WhatsApp to Windows computer, iCloud, Google Drive and export WhatsApp via Email.


By Dylan / Updated on May 31, 2024

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How to backup WhatsApp on iPhone?

I want to backup my WhatsApp chats on iPhone. So I chose to use iCloud, but the process stuck at 99%. How can I backup my WhatsApp on my iPhone without iCloud?

- Question from An iPhone user

WhatsApp has been one of the most popular social apps in this world. People send all kinds of data to each other and conversations in WhatsApp. After using WhatsApp for a while, the amount of important information tends to grow. To prevent sudden data loss, timely backups become crucial.

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In the following part, we will give you some effective ways to back up WhatsApp conversations and attachments with or without iCloud. Then you can retrieve the data anytime if something unforeseen happens.

Way 1. Easily backup WhatsApp from iPhone to PC without cellular data and Wi-Fi

When you need to backup WhatsApp on iPhone to PC, the professional yet easy-to-use WhatsApp backup software - FoneTool will be your best choice.

With several steps, you can easily backup WhatsApp or WhatsApp Business conversions, photos, videos, links, stickers, and other attachments to a Windows computer. This backup process doesn't need any Internet connection, so you can backup WhatsApp on iPhone more than 5 GB within a very short time.

Powerful WhatsApp Backup Software
  • Fast backup speed saves lots of time.
  • Total USB connection ensures data security.
  • Easily restore WhatsApp backup to another iOS device.
  • Quickly export WhatsApp chat to PC after the backup.

Just hit the download button to install FoneTool on your PC, and we would like to show you how it works.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to the computer with a USB cable. Run FoneTool.

Step 2. Go to WhatsApp Manager > Choose WhatsApp or WA Business according to your needs. Here we choose WhatsApp. And click the Get Started button.

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Step 3. In this window, you can enable Backup Encryption for safety. Then click Backup Storage Path to set a location to save the backup files. Click Start Backup to back up WhatsApp on iPhone.

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When the process is completed, you can go to the My Backups to manage the backup files. You can click the View dot to check the files and click the Restore icon to restore the WhatsApp backup to your current device or other iOS devices even if they are logging in with different Apple IDs.

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Way 2. How to backup WhatsApp on iPhone via iTunes 

With iTunes' full backup feature, you can save all iPhone data including WhatsApp to the computer. It is a good solution to protect all the important data on iPhone and backup iPhone WhatsApp chat without iCloud, but the WhatsApp data can not be viewed/exported directly.

To simplify the task, if iTunes detects the app data has been saved in iCloud, it won’t create a duplicate of the data again. Besides, when you restore the backup to another iPhone running the previous iOS system, some errors might appear unexpectedly.

⚠️Note: To know what iTunes will back up, you can turn to this page: What Does iTunes Backup Include?

Now you can follow the steps to backup iPhone with iTunes.

Step 1. Download the latest iTunes to your computer. Connect your iPhone to your computer with a USB cable. Unlock the screen of your iPhone and tap Trust on it.

Step 2. Click the device icon of iPhone in the interface.

iTunes Device Icon

Step 3. Click Back Up Now and wait for iTunes to create the full iPhone backup.

iTunes Backup

Way 3. How to backup WhatsApp on iPhone to iCloud

Except for backing up WhatsApp to computer via a USB cable, cloud service is also available. As an official service provided by Apple, iCloud will be most iPhone users' first choice. It gives each user 5GB of free storage space to backup iPhone data. If your iCloud has enough storage, it is a nice choice to save your WhatsApp conversation.

⚠️Note: If you need to backup WhatsApp on iPhone to Google Drive instead of iCloud, you can skip to the Way 5 to get the detailed steps.

To backup WhatsApp to iCloud, follow the steps below.

Step 1. Run WhatsApp, and go to Settings

Step 2. Tap Chat > Chat Backup.

Step 3. Choose Back Up Now. And you can set up a regular backup by tapping Auto Backup.

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Besides, you can also go to the iPhone settings to enable WhatsApp backup with iCloud: Go to Settings on your iPhone > Tap Your Name banner > iCloud > You will see what apps are allowed to use iCloud > Toggle on the WhatsApp option to make it.

Way 4. Backup WhatsApp on iPhone with iCloud backup

iCloud also supports backing up all iPhone content including WhatsApp messages. If you also want to back up the whole iPhone data via iCloud, follow the guide below.

Step 1. Go to the Settings app on your iPhone.

Step 2. Tap Your Name banner.

Step 3. Tap iCloud.

Step 4. Turn on the "iCloud Backup" option.

turn on icloud backup


enlightened If you have any problem when creating the iCloud backup, you could refer to this iCloud Backup Stuckguide to find solutions.
enlightened If you need to know how to restore WhatsApp backup on iPhone from iCloud, just go to this page to find answers: How to Restore WhatsApp Chats on iPhone with/Without iCloud

Way 5. How to backup WhatsApp to Google Drive on iPhone

Google Drive provides a convenient option to back up iPhone photos and videos, including WhatsApp media. To achieve this, sync WhatsApp media with your iPhone's camera roll, enabling you to back them up to Google Drive instead of iCloud. 

Step 1. Open WhatsApp on your iPhone and access Settings.

Step 2. Go to the chat settings and enable Save to Camera Roll to save media directly to the camera roll.

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Step 3. Launch Google Drive and access settings > Choose Backup, then Photos & videos, and enable Back up to Google Photos > Return to the backup page and click Start Backup.

This method allows you to back up WhatsApp media to Google Drive, focusing specifically on pictures and videos. Keep in mind that this approach doesn't cover a complete chat history backup.

Way 6. Export WhatsApp chat and files with Email

Maybe you don’t want to back up the whole data in WhatsApp. There is a way to export WhatsApp chat or large files from WhatsApp by Email. If you have enough storage (15GB of free storage in total) in Gmail, you can even save many larger files to Gmail.

1. Open WhatsApp on your iPhone, and select the contacts.

2. Tap Export Chat. You can select whether to send the attachments like media files along with it.

Email Whatsapp Messages

3. Enter your email and tap the send icon.

Enter Email Whatsapp Messages


WhatsApp messages contain your stories and other important data, if you want to avoid sudden data loss, then this passage can easily help you backup WhatsApp on iPhone. You can use FoneTool/iTunes to back up WhatsApp to PC, use iCloud/Google Drive to finish the wireless backup process or use Email to export your WhatsApp data.

By contrast, FoneTool is more suitable for most conditions. It uses an intuitive interface and doesn't need any Internet connection. And as a professional iPhone backup app,  FoneTool can also help you create a full iPhone backup on the computer.


Dylan · Editor
Dylan is an editor of mobile backup software. He likes to share the latest news about iPhone and iOS, write useful tips, and give solutions to help people solve all kinds of issues.