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WhatsApp eliminates old chats. How not to lose them

Significant news for the most famous messaging app in the world and since you got here, I recommend you read this page all the way, because what we are talking about could irreversibly compromise the archive of your dear old chats. It's official, WhatsApp ready to say goodbye to old chats, automatically eliminating them from devices, even without our authorization. The news comes directly from the official blog of the application, in which it is announced that the November 122018 there will be a WhatsApp update that will delete chats older than a year. It can be a real problem, because those of us do not keep some chats of loved ones with whom we are emotionally connected, or business discussions that are still current. In these cases we have to run for cover and look for ways to save them.

If this news has worried you in some way, in this guide we offer you the solution that will protect you from this eventuality. The procedure to save your chats is to make an backup of the app that will allow you to keep your most cherished conversations in a safe place. If you don't know the steps to follow, read on and you'll find out how to save chats. Of course, this backup procedure will have to be done before the fateful day WhatsApp eliminates old chats.

WhatsApp eliminates old chats of over a year. Here's how to backup to keep them

WhatsApp eliminates old chats

There is a day that must be kept in mind: the November 12, 2018. On that date, in fact, all the chats older than a year will be deleted from the WhatsApp app. Up to now users had a limited storage quota, however, thanks to a new agreement with Google, the backups will no longer be counted in the Google Drive storage quota. The new agreement will enter into force from November 12 of this year.

After this premise, let's see what to do to not lose the chats to which we are particularly fond of? The solution is only one, make one full backup application. Watch out for, because the procedure changes if you use an Apple or Android smartphone. Below we will explain both procedures in order not to lose anything of the dialogues we care about most.

Backup WhatsApp on Android

To make a backup on Android smartphones you will need a Google Drive account, which you will surely have if you have a Google account. The conversations will in fact be stored on the Google cloud service. To create a backup on Google Drive you will need to do the following:

  1. open the appWhatsapp
  2. go toSettings>Chat>Chat backup
  3. touchingBackup to Google Driveand set a backup frequency that is notNever
  4. select a Google Account to back up your chat history to. If you don't have a Google Account, touchAdd accountwhen requested and enter your login credentials. Remember the Google Account you use for backup
  5. touchingBack up viato choose the network you want to use for backup.

You can also manually back up chats to Google Drive at any time. That's how.

  1. you openWhatsapp
  2. go toSettings>Chat>Chat backup
  3. touchingBACK UPto start backing up to Google Drive.

Backup WhatsApp on iPhone

On iOS devices, on the other hand, chat storage will take place via iCloud, Apple's integrated storage system. Consequently, it is essential that iCloud is set up and configured correctly on your iPhone.To create a backup on iCloud you will need to follow the following steps:

  1. you openWhatsapp
  2. go toSettings>Chat>Chat backup
  3. touching Backed up nowand set a backup frequency that is notNeverWhatsApp eliminates old chats over a year

Note: if you also want to include the videos and photos in the backup, set the switch next to the "Include video" item to ON.

This we have seen the manual procedure, but for greater security and to be sure not to lose anything, you can set up Automatic Backup. This automatic mode will lead to the consumption of iCloud space, but on the other hand it will protect you from the risk of canceling chats.

How to restore WhatsApp backups

We have seen how to backup WhatsApp on iOS and Android devices and how this procedure allows you to secure the chats of all conversations made with the app. Now we will see how to restore the backup in case the chats will be deleted for any reason, such as this of November 12th.

Up Android, if you have the backup on Drive, after confirming the phone number, WhatsApp will ask you to restore the chats and multimedia files. After clicking onRESTORE, the conversation backup is installed, complete with all the multimedia contents.

If instead you want to use a local backup, you will have to transfer the files to the new phone using a computer, file explorer or SD card.

To restore chats on iPhone, follow these steps:

  1. To restore your chat history from an iCloud backup, first check that there is a backup of your chat history on iCloud: go toWhatsapp>Settings>Chat>Chat backup.
  2. If you can see when the last backup was performed, uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp from the App Store.
  3. After verifying your phone number, follow the instructions on the screen to reset your chat history.

We have seen the procedures to install WhatsApp backups and restore all chats on Android and iPhone phones again. Of course, this procedure can also be used after November 12th when WhatsApp deletes old chats.

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