Resolved How does Whatsapp backup work?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by aiya_au, Oct 21, 2015.

  1. aiya_au macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys,

    How does the Whatsapp backup work? The in-app chat backup I assumes is stored on icloud drive (currently taking up 926 MB). The icloud backup of my whole iphone (settings -> icloud -> storage ->manage storage -> aiya_au's iphone) lists the whatsapp app as 1.3 GB. I'm running out of icloud space and I want to avoid data duplication.

    So my question is, am I duplicating my whatsapp chat history on icloud through the app backup and on icloud drive through the in-app chat backup?

    Thanks in advance!!
     
  2. Goatllama macrumors 6502a

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    I'm assuming the messages keep building up and being added to iCloud, or at least that's what it sounds like. Don't know if there's a way to mitigate that buildup or not. I'm as curious as you are! :confused:
     
  3. aiya_au thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I posted the same question on reddit and got the below reply. It was what i suspected.

    "The iCloud backup and having the device backup does duplicate data.

    Backing up the phone will back up whatsapp, so if you restored to a new phone even without enabling the inbuilt backup your data would be there.

    If you enable the whatsapp iCloud backup you are able to restore your data to a new phone, without performing a full iCloud restore.

    Personally I would keep the in built whatsapp backup enabled and untick it from the complete iPhone backup.

    I swap my backup often between my two phones using just the built in whatsapp feature, without restoring etc."
     
  4. Goatllama macrumors 6502a

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    Oh cool, so it has a built in backup! Good to know. Thanks for sharing.
     

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