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How to Backup WhatsApp on iPhone Without iCloud

Nicola Massimo

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"Is there any solution to backup WhatsApp data on iPhone without iCloud?"

If a similar query has brought you here, then this would undoubtedly be the last guide that you will read about WhatsApp backup.

Most regular WhatsApp users already know how the app lets us backup its data on iCloud. Unfortunately, though, there are a lot of times when people don’t wish to use this feature. For instance, you might be running on low space on iCloud or have security concerns. The good news is that there are several ways to back up WhatsApp on iPhone without iCloud.

Learn more from our YouTube tutorial:

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Recommended reading: If are not using iCloud backup for personal reasons, you should sign out of your iCloud account correctly on your device to protect you data privacy in case that it syncs your data online.

Method 1: Backup WhatsApp on iPhone with MobileTrans - WhatsApp Transfer

If you are looking for a hassle-free and one-click solution to back up WhatsApp on iPhone without iCloud, then you should try MobileTrans - WhatsApp Transfer. It provides seamless backup and restore support for numerous apps like WhatsApp, WeChat, LINE, Kik, and Viber. Not just that, the application can also directly transfer your WhatsApp data from one device to another (even between iOS and Android). Therefore, using MobileTrans - WhatsApp Transfer, you can easily switch smartphones without losing your social data.

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  • • Back up your WhatsApp chats, attachments, contacts, and voice notes.
  • • Stored on the local system’s storage and freed up space on iCloud.
  • • Restore the backups to your smartphone whenever you need them without overwriting.
  • • The data quality is not compromised in the process and is kept 98% secure.
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1. Launch the MobileTrans and visit its home page's “Backup&Restore” section. Also, ensure your iPhone is connected to the system using an authentic cable.

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2. Click "WhatsApp" to get things started. You can find other different options here.

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3. The application will automatically start taking an extensive backup of all the WhatsApp chats and media. So simply wait a while and keep your phone connected until the process is completed.


4. At the end, when the entire backup is stored on the system, you will be notified. You can view the backup content from here as well if you want.


5. Similarly, you can restore the backup to any device by connecting it to the system and viewing the backup content. Select the data you wish to save and export to the desired format or restore it to the device.


Method 2: Backup WhatsApp on iPhone via iTunes

iTunes is the first thing that comes to mind when we wish to backup WhatsApp on iPhone without iCloud. Like iCloud, iTunes is also a native solution that Apple provides to manage our iOS devices. Using it, you can backup your entire device and later restore it as well.

While the solution is free, it would take a backup of the entire phone memory – including WhatsApp. Later, the backup would be restored, wiping off the phone’s existing data. Therefore, you are recommended to follow this approach only when resetting your device.

    1. Simply connect your iPhone to your computer (Mac/Windows) using a working lightning cable. Also, launch an updated version of iTunes on it and let it detect your device.
    2. Once your iPhone is detected, go to its Summary tab. Next, click the “Back Up Now” button under the Backups tab and ensure that you are taking the backup on “This Computer.”
    3. Wait for a while as iTunes will save the backup of your device, including your WhatsApp chats and attachments. Later, you can follow the same procedure and choose to restore the backup to your iOS device instead.



  • Free solution
  • Stores a backup on the local computer


  • Will back up the entire device
  • While restoring the backup, it would wipe the existing data on iPhone
  • No provision to selectively restore or preview WhatsApp data
  • Compatibility issues while restoring to different iOS versions

Method 3: Backup WhatsApp on iPhone by Email Chat Feature

If you only have a handful of conversations to back up WhatsApp, you can email them to yourself as well. This can be done by the native feature of WhatsApp that lets us email conversations to any contact. You can even choose to include or exclude attachments in the backup mail. Ideally, this would not restore your WhatsApp chats back to your device. Instead, though, it will make sure that you always have a backup of your important chats saved on your email. Here’s how you can backup WhatsApp without iCloud via the email chat feature.

1. Launch WhatsApp on your iPhone and go to the conversation (individual chat or group) you wish to save.

2. Swipe the conversation icon on WhatsApp and go to its more options to find the “Email Chat” feature. You can also tap the chat icon, go to its info, and select the “Email Chat” option.


3. This will give you an option to include/exclude chat attachments. Since most email servers have a limit of 20 MB, it is recommended not to attach large media files.

4. Later, it will ask you to select the email app. A draft window would be opened with a TXT file of your WhatsApp chats automatically attached. You can now send this email to yourself or any other contact.



  • Free
  • Will maintain a backup on your email server


  • A bit complicated to follow
  • It won’t restore your chats to WhatsApp
  • Mostly, media files can’t be included in the backup
  • Tedious to multiple backup conversations

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I restore WhatsApp backup from Google Drive to iPhone?

Unfortunately, it's not possible to directly restore WhatsApp backups from Google Drive to an iPhone. This is because WhatsApp for iOS uses iCloud for backups, while WhatsApp for Android uses Google Drive. The backup formats are not compatible with each other due to the different operating systems. However, you can learn how to migrate your WhatsApp data from Google Drive iPhone by this link.

2. How to Backup WhatsApp with iCloud?

To back up your WhatsApp data using iCloud on an iPhone, you can follow these simple steps:

1. Open WhatsApp on your iPhone.
2. Go to "Settings" within WhatsApp.
3. Tap on "Chats" and then select "Chat Backup."
4. Tap on "Back Up Now" to immediately start the backup process.

You can also set up automatic backups by toggling on the "Auto Backup" option and selecting the frequency at which you'd like the backups to occur.

It's important to ensure that your iPhone is connected to a Wi-Fi network and that there is enough iCloud storage available to complete the backup process.

3. Can I back up WhatsApp on my iPhone to Google Drive?

No, it is not possible to back up WhatsApp data from an iPhone to Google Drive. WhatsApp for iOS uses iCloud for backups, while WhatsApp for Android uses Google Drive. The backup formats are not compatible due to the different operating systems. However, you can transfer your WhatsApp to Android by MobileTrans, and then back up WhatsApp data from Android to Google Drive.


There you go! Now when you know three different ways to back up WhatsApp without iCloud, you can easily keep your data safe. If you wish to save time and effort while managing your WhatsApp data, then prefer using MobileTrans - WhatsApp Transfer. It is a highly resourceful social management app that lets you backup and restore WhatsApp, LINE, WeChat, Kik, and Viber data. Apart from that, you can also directly move your WhatsApp data from one device to another, irrespective of the platform it runs on. Go ahead and give this popular application a try and never lose your social app data again!

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