WhatsApp Local Backup and Restore Tutorial

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WhatsApp is the most popular messaging app on the Internet. But still, it doesn’t have a reliable backup system like Telegram or other messaging platforms. In Telegram, our data will never get lost, and it will remain in the cloud until we get manually deleted. But in the case of WhatsApp, it will only store the data until we see the message. Then we need to take care of our chats and images through either google drive backup or local backup.

The Google Drive backup is a great option and recommends to backup your data by using it. But in situations like resetting the phone or flashing new ROMs, then we need to restore the data from Google Drive when we set up the WhatsApp again. But having colossal backup size may sometimes make difficulty in restoring the data for some users due to a limited amount of data plan, and if we skip it, we will going lose all the previous backup. Also, if we have phones with no GMS(Google Mobile Services) support like new Honor/Huawei Phones, we have to rely on the Local Backup and restore method entirely.

WhatsApp themself provides an excellent local backup and restore option, but most people are not familiar with or haven’t used it or had any idea how to use it properly. So they are using some moded whatsapp clients/apps which are highly insecure and have a high level of privacy concern. Also, people use PC apps like Wondershare Mobile Trans, which is also not a reliable solution.

So by this guide will help to use official WhatsApp Local backup and restore method with step by step instructions.


Before starting the Tutorial, first, we will have to explain how whatsApp local back-ups are working. WhatsApp usually backup chat and media to phones internal storage automatically at 2 am every day and retain it for seven days and then remove it. You can see it from the below screenshots. we have 16 august to 23 august backup in the database file and the latest manual backup with no date in the file name.)

How to Backup and Restore WhatsApp Locally

It also backup to the cloud, based on the time frame we set, or shouldn’t do it if we selected “never” in ‘backup to Google Drive’ option.

Step 1

The first thing we have to do is backup the latest chats and media by going to WhatsApp settingsChat Backup then click on BACK UP

How to Backup and Restore WhatsApp Locally

You can view the latest backup time to Internal storage and Google drive from this Page. Also, you can adjust the Google Drive backup settings here.

How to Backup and Restore WhatsApp Locally
Step 2

After completing the backup, you need to go to the internal storage and compress the whatsapp folder after completing the compression copy of this compressed file into your PC or other storage option.
(we are compressing it because the whatsapp folder contain a large number of small files which will make usual copy-paste method extremely slow or your PC will run in to not responding mode)

How to Backup and Restore WhatsApp Locally
Step 3

Now send this compressed file from the PC into your new phone or formatted phone and extract it and make sure the file name and location of the file are exactly like our first screenshot in the tutorial section.

Step 4

Install WhatsApp in the new phone, and before opening it, give storage and SMS(optional) permission for WhatsApp by going into your device settings or directly from your device permission manager.

How to Backup and Restore WhatsApp Locally
Step 5

Now open WhatsApp and verify your number using the OTP method. Then on the next page, you will get a prompt to allow access for contacts to find the backup on google drive. This step is the most important one. If you are planning to use local restore, you have click on NOT NOW. Then on the next page, they will show your internal backup in the storage and click on the RESTORE.

How to Backup and Restore WhatsApp Locally

Note: In any case, you didn’t need to restore the latest one and need a backup from a particular day of the last week. You have to delete the latest one in the database and rename the file, which you need to restore into msgstore.db.crypt12. Check the first screenshot in the tutorial section to get a better idea.

Step 6

After clicking Restore in the fifth step, you have to set your name, and then you will end up in the typical WhatsApp homepage with all of your chats and media

Step 7

Now sometime, you need to manually turn ON the permission to access the contact for WhatsApp application when we restore through this method. You can turn on it buy going to your phone settings or just long-press on WhatsApp app icon to get its settings.
(if the saved numbers in your contact show its numbers instead of their saved names in WhatsApp means the contact permission is off).

How to Backup and Restore WhatsApp Locally

With this step, we have completed the tutorial for Backup and Restore WhatsApp locally, and we hope you guys can able to follow this guide without any confusion.

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