Last Updated on January 12, 2023 by Circular Guru
Downloading a WhatsApp backup from Google Drive is a relatively straightforward process that can be completed in a few simple steps. However, it is important to note that WhatsApp backups stored on Google Drive can only be downloaded and restored on the same phone that the backup was created on.
How to download WhatsApp backup from google drive
First, make sure that you have the Google Drive app installed on your phone. You can download it for free from the App Store or Google Play Store.
Once the app is installed, open it on your phone. You will be prompted to sign in to your Google account. Enter your email address and password and tap “Sign in.”
After you have signed in, you will be taken to the Google Drive home screen. To access your WhatsApp backup, you will need to tap on the hamburger menu (the three horizontal lines) in the top left corner of the screen.
From the menu that appears, select “Backups.” This will bring up a list of all the backups that have been saved to your Google Drive account.
Next, look for the WhatsApp backup that you want to download. You can scroll through the list to find it, or you can use the search bar at the top of the screen to look for it by name. Once you have found the backup that you want to download, tap on it to open it.
After you have opened the WhatsApp backup, you will see a download icon (an arrow pointing downwards). This icon is located in the top right corner of the screen. To begin the download process, simply tap on the download icon.
Things to keep in mind
If a pop-up appears asking where you would like to save the backup, select the appropriate option. Most commonly it will be saved in your internal storage or SD card (depending on your device’s settings)
The backup will start downloading and you will see a notification in the top bar of your phone indicating that the download is in progress. Depending on the size of the backup and the speed of your internet connection, this process may take a few minutes to complete.
Once the download is complete, you will receive a notification that the backup has been saved to your phone. You can find the backup in the folder where it was saved.
It’s worth mentioning that to ensure WhatsApp data is protected you might need to encrypt the backup. And also please note that WhatsApp backups stored on Google Drive will be deleted automatically after 1 year of inactive usage, so you need to download it before that happen.
Why do you need to download WhatsApp backup?
There are several reasons why you might want to download a WhatsApp backup from Google Drive:
Restore your WhatsApp data:
If you change your phone, or if you need to factory reset your current phone, downloading your WhatsApp backup from Google Drive allows you to restore your WhatsApp account and all of your chats, media, and other data to your new phone or the factory reset phone.
Backup your WhatsApp data:
Downloading your WhatsApp backup from Google Drive creates a local copy of your WhatsApp data on your phone’s internal storage or SD card. This can be useful as a backup in case something happens to your phone, or if you need to restore your WhatsApp account on a different phone.
Share WhatsApp data:
If you want to share your WhatsApp data with someone else, such as a family member or a friend, you can download your WhatsApp backup from Google Drive and then share it with them via email or another file-sharing method.
Keep multiple copies:
Having a copy of your WhatsApp backup on Google Drive and one in your phone’s storage can give you the peace of mind that if one copy gets deleted or lost, you can restore from the other copy.
Protect data: With the data in Google Drive you can encrypt it, to make sure that the data is secure and protected from being lost, stolen or accessed without your permission.
More Helpful Resources
In summary, downloading a WhatsApp backup from Google Drive is a relatively simple process that can be completed in a few steps. Make sure you have the Google Drive app installed on your phone, open it, find the WhatsApp backup you want to download, tap on it, and then tap on the download icon in the top right corner.
Once the download is complete, you will have a copy of your WhatsApp data saved on your phone, which you can use to restore your WhatsApp account in the future if needed.