To back up your WhatsApp conversations on your computer, just follow the steps below.
First, you have to make sure that the application is installed on your Android device; by the way, this guide is only valid for that operating system, users of iOS or Windows 10 Mobile to wait until a new method is out.
To install WhatsApp go to the Play Store on your device, and in the search bar type the name of the application, and then press the “Enter” key. Afterwards, you will receive a series of results, and you must push on the first icon in the list.
Now, wait until the application is downloaded and the installation is completed, to be sure, if you can count on it, in the main application menu of your device. Now comes the most important thing, and it’s exactly what you were looking for, how to make the backup.
Once you have the conversations in play, go to the settings of the application; in them choose the option that indicates “Back up my conversations periodically.” With this enabled, WhatsApp will perform local backup, like on your MicroSD or internal device memory daily at 4:00 AM.
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Once that you have enabled the settings you must connect your device to the PC
Now, it’s time to play the “complicated” part, and you must connect your device to the computer or other device where you want to save your conversations as backup. To do this, use your USB connector and activate the “Storage” mode in the Android notification bar.
After that, on your computer, browse to the folder that is in the following path:
“Your MicroSD name/WhatsApp/Databases”
In this path you will find the file called “msgstore.db.crypt“, copy the file, pressing the right mouse button and selecting the corresponding option. Then, locate the folder where you want to save it; it could be, for example, on your desktop.
With this file in your possession, things will be much easier when it comes to recovering your conversations, if you do not trust them in the cloud service of WhatsApp itself.
To do this, you only have to use it in another device, with the application installed of course, and positioning it inside the same folder from where you extracted it. , then you must use the option called “Restore my conversations”
Surely this article has been useful, and is that it is always a great idea to have a second form of backup, either for when you get your device soft-bricked, or when you have to buy a new one.
Remember, as mentioned, as for the other mobile operating systems, it is difficult for now to back up your conversations due to access limitations in your local file system or directories. For example, in the iPhone, you must have the jailbreak enabled.
Android takes the advantage in terms of its freedom, as you can certainly appreciate, but you should also keep in mind that this is a double-edged weapon, since anyone could install malware, even from the Google store itself, the Play Store.