Steps for changing how often WhatsApp backs up your data



The article presents a guide on how to change the backup frequency of chat data in the WhatsApp mobile application. By default, the app performs backups weekly, but users can alter this frequency according to their usage intensity or storage constraints. The process involves navigating through various settings in the WhatsApp application and adjusting the…

This article explains how to adjust how often backups are taken in WhatsApp on mobile devices.

WhatsApp is a popular cross-platform messaging app that allows users to send text and voice messages, make voice and video calls, share files, and more.

One can configure many settings with the WhatsApp app in Windows, including starting the WhatsApp app at loginturning read receipts on or offturning notifications on or offturning automatic downloads on or offclearing and deleting chats, and more.

On mobile devices, you can turn the fingerprint lock feature on or offturn disappearing messages on or offturn last seen and online status on or offsilence unknown callersadd or remove people from blocked contactschange who can add you to groupsturn conversation tones on or offturn Send is enter on or offturn ringtone on or offturn high priority notifications on or offchange who can see your updatesturn reaction notifications on or offturn use less data for calls on or offturn two-step verification on or offturn security notifications on or offturn protected IP address on or off, enable or disable WhatsApp chat backup, and more, which are unavailable on the desktop.

After you set up “Chat backup” in WhatsApp, it will backup your data weekly by default. If you want to adjust how often backup is taken, follow the steps below.

Adjusting the chat backup frequency in WhatsApp can be useful in several situations. For example, suppose you use WhatsApp frequently and send or receive many messages, media files, and documents. In that case, you may want to back up your data more frequently to ensure you don’t lose any important information.

On the other hand, if you don’t use WhatsApp often or have limited storage space on your device, you may want to back up your data less frequently to save storage space.

Change the “Chat backup” frequency in WhatsApp

As mentioned above, users can change how often WhatsApp takes backups of documents, media, and chats. By default, it’s done weekly.

Here’s how to change it.

First, open and launch the WhatsApp app on your mobile device.

Turn Last seen and online status on or off in WhatsApp

When the app opens, click the Settings and More button (vertical dots) at the top right corner.

Then click Settings on the context menu.

WhatsApp settings and more button

On the Settings screen, select Chats to expand it.

WhatsApp Chats tile in Settings

Next, select the “Chat backup” tile on the Chats settings page to open it.

WhatsApp Chat backup tile

Then, select the ‘Backup to Google Drive’ tile on the’ Chat backup‘ settings page to open its settings.

WhatsApp change how often to backup

Next, select one of the following options for backing up to Google Drive:

  • Never
  • Only when I tap “Back up”
  • Daily
  • Weekly
  • Monthly
WhatsApp change how often to backup options

When you’re done, exit the settings and return to the app.

That should do it.


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