What are the best resources for backing up WhatsApp messages?

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    #1Dr. Fone

    Dr. Fone

    Dr. Fone is an application which lets you transfer your data from one device to another. It supports iOS and Android devices and it can also backup data and export to your PC.

    Apps

    Android, iOS, Windows, Mac

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Phillip Martin
    Written on February 4, 2017
    "After losing all my Whatsapp messages once before, I thought it would be a good idea to find a backup option. After checking out a number of different toolkits, I chose the Dr. Fone Toolkit. Not only does it allow me to make a back-up of my messages, I can also transfer them to a different device. Thankfully, I haven't had to use the restore option yet, but it appears to be user-friendly."
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    #23 Methods to Back up WhatsApp Messages for Android and iPhone

    3 Methods to Back up WhatsApp Messages for Android and iPhone
    It will be painful to lose WhatsApp messages by accidents of because of misoperation. Here we will introduce you 3 different methods to back up WhatsApp messages.
    Websites

    Free

    Anthony Gordon
    Written on January 25, 2017
    "One resource for backing up Whatsapp messages is to Back up Android WhatsApp online with Google Drive. It is easy to make a backup of WhatsApp with the iCloud on your iPhone. You can also use Email to back up your chat history on phone. You are able to transfer your selected WhatsApp messages to the appointed email inbox."
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    #3[TUTORIAL] How to Back up and Restore WhatsApp Conversation/Messages on Android

    [TUTORIAL] How to Back up and Restore WhatsApp Conversation/Messages on Android
    This video tutorial will teach you how to back up and restore WhatsApp chat history on Android, including images and photos.
    Videos

    Free

    Huang Dong
    Written on February 18, 2017
    "Easy to follow video with text and audio instructions and pictures. It is easy to follow, I can pause the video to follow each step. It's a great tutorial!"

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that WhatsApp was developed by two men who were rejected for jobs at Facebook? Both Jan Koum and Brian Acton, two former Yahoo! executives, applied for Facebook but were not accepted. Ironically, 5 years after the release of their successful instant messaging app, Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19.6 billion. Despite the large profit losses that WhatsApp incurs, Facebook bought WhatsApp at such a high price for its ever-growing user population. Since WhatsApp is ad-free, it gets its profits from the $1-a-year subscription fee for each user. Koum and Acton are known for their stand against advertisements, choosing not to put ads on their app to keep it faithful to its main function which is messaging.

When Facebook bought WhatsApp in 2014, it had 500 million users – 70% of which are active every day. In fact, Zuckerberg has stated that high user engagement is one of the factors why Facebook bought WhatsApp. In comparison, Facebook sees only 62% user engagement. In addition to this, the user population had an average growth of 1 million users per day. Fast forward three years later, in 2017, WhatsApp had 1.5 billion users, who send 65 billion messages per day. Facebook is now the lead provider of messaging services everywhere in the world except in China, with 1.3 billion users in Messenger and 1.5 billion users in WhatsApp. 

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    #4Backup Text Pro for Whats

    Backup Text Pro for Whats
    Backup Text for Whats allows you to export your Whats messages, convert to Plain Text, CSV, Excel and HTML file formats and yes, those files can be read on your phone or computer!.  With Pro features (No banner ads).
    Apps

    Android

    $1.09

    Ryan Riley
    Written on January 22, 2017
    "I used to only screenshot messages when I needed to save them. With this backup app, it's so much easier. Not only are all my messages available in one place without sloppy screenshots, I'm also able to copy text, search and organize my messages, and share them. The app even supports emoticons and allows me to copy the messages in html format in case I want to upload them somewhere."
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    #5Backup Text for Whats

    Backup Text for Whats
    Backup Text for Whats allows you to export your WhatsApp messages, convert to Plain Text, CSV, Excel, and HTML file formats and yes, those files can be read on your phone or computer.
    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Matthew Cook
    Written on March 3, 2017
    "This is exactly what I was looking for. As a woman who travels or work a lot over seas & keeps in contact with home base & my over seas offices, I need to always be on Whats App. There are times when I need to go back to old messages from my phone, but also back in my offices in the States. So I was happy to learn how to use the Backup Text for Whats App and found it easy and fact to use to save my messages for me to go back to without worry that they would be gone. Everyone should give this a try."
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    #6iCloud

    iCloud
    iCloud makes sure you always have the latest versions of your most important things on all your devices.
    Software

    Mac, Windows

    Free- Varies by plan

    Juan Carlos Varela
    Written on January 15, 2017
    "The website has an interface that would best suit apple users. I am not an apple user myself and therefore it was hard to specifically find how to back up my whatsapp messages. Though It is possible to upload them to the icloud which is quite easy and straightforward. I downloaded the icloud for windows and it was very easy to use, I then backed up all my whatsapp files from my phone to the laptop and then to the icloud."
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    #7Backuptrans Android WhatsApp Transfer

    Backuptrans Android WhatsApp Transfer
    Backuptrans Android WhatsApp Transfer helps you transfer and manage Android WhatsApp Chat Messages on computer smoothly. Restoring WhatsApp Chats from your computer back to your Android is also supported.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $19.95- varies by plan

    Phillip Phillips
    Written on January 1, 2017
    "i have always wanted to save my Whatsapp messages in case i need them in the future. This product does just that. It is easy to use and helps save all you messages for further review. I highly recommend it for anyone that uses Whatsapp."
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    #8[TUTORIAL] How To Backup Your WhatsApp Message On Google Drive - WhatsApp Backup

    [TUTORIAL] How To Backup Your WhatsApp Message On Google Drive - WhatsApp Backup
    Google Drive is a good source to save a copy of all your WhatsApp conversations, images, etc. Learn how to to it in this tutorial.
    Videos

    Free

    Johnny Fuller
    Written on January 26, 2017
    "This video was somewhat easy to follow, however very annoying to watch. The music was very annoying and seemed like it was a game. I feel like there should've been some text indicating what to do instead of just using arrows and boxes. I also feel like the tutorial took way longer than it needed to. The cartoons were creepy also. Also, "thanks" was misspelled on the last page of the video which was very unprofessional."
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    #9Top 4 Free Tools to Extract WhatsApp Messages from iPhone Backup

    Top 4 Free Tools to Extract WhatsApp Messages from iPhone Backup
    This article introduces top 4 tools to extract and recover WhatsApp messages from iPhone/iPad/iPod backup for free.
    Websites

    Free

    Terry Brooks
    Written on February 15, 2017
    "If you're looking for a free solution to recovering WhatsApp messages from an iPhone or Android backup, you've come to the right place! Jihosoft has an solution tool for any contingency--including if you DON'T have a backup! Jihosoft even has a tool that can extract your WhatsApp messages directly from your iPhone. I loved this solution page. Bookmarked it because I'll be referencing it again in the future..."
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    #10[TUTORIAL] How To Backup And Restore WhatsApp Messages On iPhone (iPhone 7/Plus included)

    [TUTORIAL] How To Backup And Restore WhatsApp Messages On iPhone (iPhone 7/Plus included)
    With this quick tutorial Syncios demonstrates 2 approaches to backing-up WhatsApp messages off the iPhone.
    Articles

    Free

    Joshua Ray
    Written on February 15, 2017
    "You can save your WhatsApp conversations and media to your iCloud storage using iCloud backup. You can use this backup method in case you wish to transfer WhatsApp conversions to another iOS device or restore your device to factory setting. The iCloud backup process may take a while to complete, depending on your Internet connection and backup file size."
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    #11[TUTORIAL] How to Save/Backup Large WhatsApp Chat History from iPhone to the Computer?

    [TUTORIAL] How to Save/Backup Large WhatsApp Chat History from iPhone to the Computer?
    Got a lot of WhatsApp chat messages on your iPhone and want them backup? If you have a large WhatsApp Chat History, 5.4GB or larger, you need a special solution to backup it. Here is it.
    Articles

    Free

    Bob Ma
    Written on January 4, 2017
    "A lot of people want to archive a big WhatsApp chat history and don't know how to do it. Checking out the Fireebok site gave me numerous possibilities for approaching the problem. Now I finally got my chats archived on my computer. "
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    #12[TUTORIAL] How to Transfer WhatsApp Chat Data and Photos from iPhone to Android

    [TUTORIAL] How to Transfer WhatsApp Chat Data and Photos from iPhone to Android
    In this video Guiding Tech will show you how you can transfer WhatsApp data from iPhone to Android while switching your phone.
    Videos

    Free

    Donald Burke
    Written on January 2, 2017
    "This video shares a handy technique to move all your Whatsapp conversations from an Iphone to an Android. This really handy in a household like ours where I'm an Android diehard but my girlfriend is an Apple geek. This lets up move pictures back and forth easily."
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    #13Free Method to extract WhatsApp messages from iPhone backup

    Free Method to extract WhatsApp messages from iPhone backup
    So much WhatsApp messages stored on your iPhone and occupy much space? To free up your iPhone space, you can watch this video to extract WhatsApp messages from iPhone to PC.
    Videos

    Free

    Stephen Chapman
    Written on March 18, 2017
    "As someone who uses Whatsapp daily, I needed to figure out what I could use to back up my messages. Fortunately, this video provides an easy solution for that. Using the software of the iPhone's own backup, I can now have a readily accessible source of all my messages and use them whenever I need to."
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    #14Backup for Whats

    Backup for Whats
    This app allows you backup your WhatsApp conversations, images, videos, audio and voice notes to Google Drive personal account.
    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Amit Trivedi
    Written on January 1, 2017
    "I always like to keep logs for future reference. This app does what it says on the description very well. My only problem is it is a little slow from time to time."
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    #15Backup WhatsApp Chats

    Backup WhatsApp Chats

    Backup WhatsApp Chats is a Chrome extension developed by fattynoparents that allows users to download a backup of their WhatsApp chats in their browser. The extension can also export downloads in HTML or CSV format.

    Software

    Chrome

    $3.99

    Marte Petterson
    Written on February 18, 2019
    "It's an extension for the Chrome browser that can download chats from WhatsApp web. I like it because it's easy to use and it can also download media sent in the chat, like I can backup pictures and videos. The extension creates an HTML layout which is very very similar to WhatsApp Web. It can also save chats in CSV format, which can be handy for some further import. In short, a VERY useful thing!"
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