Backup WhatsApp Chats, Photos, Videos to iCloud on iPhone [Tutorial]

Uzair Ghani
Learn to backup WhatsApp chats to iCloud

Here's how you can backup WhatsApp chats, photos and videos over to iCloud if you use an iPhone.

Backup WhatsApp to iCloud Today and Keep Your Photos and Videos Secure Even if You Lose Your iPhone

Despite the popularity of iMessage amongst iPhone users, WhatsApp reigns supreme when it comes cross-platform communication. The app sends messages in a snap, allows users to share photos, videos, location data and even memes. Best of all, it's free. What more do you want?

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You want to backup WhatsApp data to a safe location, that's what you want to do. If you are an iPhone user, you can do it straight to iCloud and since it is all encrypted therefore no one can waltz into your personal matters either. But keep in mind, if you are using the free tier of iCloud storage, which is only a measly 5GB, then you will burn through your storage space rather quickly therefore you might want to invest in at least 50GB of space if you want backups to run smoothly every time.

If you decide to upgrade your storage plan before going ahead, you can check out the guide posted here: How To Buy iCloud Storage Space On iOS, Mac, Windows


Step 1. First of all make sure you have iCloud Drive enabled. Navigate to Settings > iCloud, tap on your Apple ID for iCloud, scroll down and enable iCloud Drive.

Enable iCloud Drive for backing up WhatsApp chats

Step 2. In the same page, scroll down and move the WhatsApp switch to the ON position.

Step 3. Now launch WhatsApp. You can download it from here if you haven't already. It's absolutely free on the App Store.

Step 4. Tap on the Settings button on the bottom right hand corner.

Step 5. Now tap on Chats.

Step 6. Select Chat Backup.

Step 7. The right way to back things up is by enabling the Include Videos option, set the Auto Backup to Weekly or Daily at least if you think your data is super precious. And then top things off by hitting the Back Up Now button.

Backup WhatsApp chats from Settings

If you ever feel paranoid that your data might be at risk, then just manually go ahead and backup WhatsApp at your own convenience. But remember, including videos in your backup is going to take a serious toll on your iCloud storage allowance, that's the reason I highly recommend investing in more storage. The 50GB option is the sweet spot for making such backups, but 200GB ensures that you never run out of storage again.

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