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How to Backup and Restore WhatsApp Messages on iPhone with iOS 11

WhatsApp is now the most popular instant messaging app all over the world, did you addict yourself to chating with your friends or family? If you are one of those who used WhatsApp very often, it's wise to backup your WhatsApp messages regularly, since losing important chat history could be really painful. To help you keep your WhatsApp messages safe, we will give you three methods to backup your conversations on iPhone in this tutorial, and of course, you can restore the chats back to your iPhone whenever you needed them. This article also works for those users who have upgraded to the latest iOS 11. Now, let's get started.

Method 1: Export WhatsApp conversations

The latest version of WhatsApp on iPhone allows you export WhatsApp messages to iPhone apps or third-party apps, such as iPhone Notes, Email, Messages and more other apps you installed on your iPhone, after that, you can view the conversations. It's super easy and convenient to use if you need to export these chats to others or print the chats out. But the disadvantage is that you can't restore them back to your iPhone.

Step 1. Open WhatsApp on your iPhone, tap Chats section, go to the very conversation you want to export.

Step 2. Left slide on the conversation, you would see two options: More and Archive, tap on More

Step 3. On the pop-up dialog box, select Export Chat option, then it would give you many options to export to, like Messages, Mail, Add to Notes, Save to Files, and more other apps. Simply choose your desired one and export the chat.

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Method 2: Backup and Restore WhatsApp Messages via iCloud Backup

For iPhone users, WhatsApp allows you to backup your conversation with iCloud, which is a great option to save our WhatsApp messages. And when you re-install the WhatsApp app on your iPhone, it will give you option to restore the chats from iCloud backup to your iPhone.

Step 1. Open Settings on iPhone, tap on your Apple ID on the top, find iCloud, slide down to find iCloud Drive, turn it on, and make sure WhatsApp option is turned on as well.

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Step 2. Back to WhatsApp, tap Settings, find Chats > Chat Backup, and tap on Back Up Now to backup your messages to iCloud. You can also set your chats to be backed up automatically every week, every month, etc.

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Step 3. Of course, you are allowed to restore the backup back to your iPhone. When you re-install the WhatsApp app on your iPhone, after checked your phone number, it will give you an option to Restore Chat History, simply tap on it and restore the previous backup back to your iPhone.

Method 3: Backup and restore WhatsApp Messages on Computer (Recommend)

Backup WhatsApp messages to iCloud is easy, but restoring the backup to iPhone not, since only if you re-install the app on your iPhone will it give you the option to restore. Is there any better solution to backup and restore WhatsApp messages? Of course, Syncios iPhone Manager helps you easily backup your WhatsApp messages from iPhone to your computer, and enables you restore it back to your iPhone whenever you needed. Truly a trick, we sincerely recommend this tool for you.

Step 1. Download and install Syncios iPhone Manager on your computer from the download button below, and then launch it.

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Step 2. Connect your iPhone to computer with USB cable, tap Trust and enter unlock password on your iPhone screen to let the computer access your data. Syncios would detect your iPhone automatically.

Step 3. Click on Information section on the left of the panel, find WhatsApp on the top menu bar, then Syncios would start loading WhatsApp messages on your iPhone. After Syncios loaded your chats, click on Backup button, and set the path for your backup, then Syncios would backup your WhatsApp messages to your computer successfully.

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Step 4. Of course, when you need to restore the backup to your device, click on Restore button, and select your previous backup to restore it back to your iPhone.

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