Backing up WhatsApp chats may appear as a very simple process but it may not be a good idea to keep chat backups without knowing how things work. Also, if you have some personal chats that are quite old and irrelevant, it may be better to delete them right away from WhatsApp chat database.
As for your WhatsApp account, securing it with two-factor authentication makes sense but a small mistake can lock you out forever. Here are things you should know about WhatsApp chats backup.
WhatsApp is only able to provide end-to-end encryption (E2EE) over its platform. The moment your chats leave WhatsApp, you lose encryption. This means all chats saved on Google Drive and iCloud are unencrypted and can be read by others easily if they happen to get those chat backups.
WhatsApp offers two-factor authentication is simply a six-digit code that helps you to protect your account from third-party intervention. While a hacker or any agency can clone your mobile phone and SIM, they would need the 2FA code to get in your WhatsApp account.
WhatsApp allows its users to provide an email ID to retrieve this 2FA Pin in case they forget it. However, there’s an option of not providing your email ID. Also, WhatsApp doesn’t verify the email ID, in case you type it incorrectly, your WhatsApp account may not be restored if you happen to forget the WhatsApp PIN.
If you wish to save WhatsApp chats in your email ID, then note that these chats are unencrypted and anyone can easily read them.
WhatsApp allows you to transfer chat backups to local storage like a microSD card or pen drive. You can easily do it by copy-pasting the database files from the WhatsApp folder on your phone.
In case, you want to delete WhatsApp chat backups altogether, you can delete the database files from the WhatsApp folder on your phone. Just use any file manager to find these backup files. Also, by accessing Google Drive on a desktop, you can find and delete all WhatsApp backup files forever.
If you are using an iPhone and wish to shift to an Android phone, then you may have to forget the chat backups as WhatsApp doesn’t allow you to transfer chats between iOS and Android. However, there are many third-party tools that may claim to do the job but it may not work always.
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