4 Free Ways to Backup WhatsApp on iPhone Without iCloud

WhatsApp is an instant messaging chat app. You can also send texts, pictures, audio and video to your friends or family members, and it is more convenient to communicate via WhatsApp! But have you ever imagined what it would feel like if the chat records collected for many years suddenly disappeared? Things would get more serious especially when you get ready to switch to a new iPhone XS, iPhone XR or iPhone XS Max.

iPhone WhatsApp provides a feature to back up WhatsApp chat history with iCloud. It is indeed convenient in many ways. However, the free backup storage is limited. Apple allows only a 5GB for free iCloud backup. The WhatsApp messages will not be saved on iCloud if you run out of free space unless you purchase more storage. Are you looking for other free ways to backup WhatsApp without iCloud? You are in the right place, now we will teach you to back up WhatsApp without iCloud for free! Never worry about losing important information again.

Way 1. Backup All or Specific WhatsApp Chats on iPhone Without iCloud for Free

If you are searching for a tool that allows you to back up iPhone WhatsApp in one click, then you should try FoneGeek WhatsApp Transfer. With the iOS WhatsApp Backup program, you can back up WhatsApp messages totally for free, and move them to anywhere you want. It provides user-friendly interface so that users could use it easily without any technical knowledge. Why Restore Social App? Here are the reasons:

All Features of FoneGeek WhatsApp Transfer:

  • Back up WhatsApp, Line, Kik, Viber, and WeChat for free and export them to computer in one click.
  • Preview and selectively restore these social app data to iPhone or Android as you want.
  • It is 100% safe to use, and no harm to your computer or device.
  • It is fully compatible with the new-released iPhone XS, XR and iPhone XS Max.


To backup WhatsApp without iCloud via FoneGeek WhatsApp Transfer, you can refer to the steps below:

Step 1. Firstly, install the WhatsApp Transfer on your Windows or Mac, then open it up. In the home window, click ‘WhatsApp Transfer’ tap. 

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Step 2. There are 5 social apps listed, click ‘WhatsApp’ and tick ‘Backup WhatsApp Messages’ option.

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Step 3. Next, connect your iPhone to the system, and the device will be connected and recognized by the system. When the device is connected, the backup process will start automatically.

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Note: Keep the device connected during the backup process in case the complete process being interrupted.

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Step 4. When the process bar reaches to 100%, click “View” and you could view the backup of the WhatsApp messages.

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If you bought a new iPhone or Android phone and you are in need of moving WhatsApp messages to the new device, you can refer to the steps below. If there is no need for that, just ignore it and jump to Part 2.

Step 1. After backing up WhatsApp with the Restore Social App, click “View” button and you would view the WhatsApp backup file. Click ‘View’ or ‘Next’ and the program will scan and analyze the WhatsApp messages.

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Step 2. After that process, you should see the details. Connect the new iPhone to computer, choose all or specific WhatsApp messages and click ‘Restore to Device’ to transfer the selected WhatsApp messages to the new iPhone or Android device.


Part 2. Backup WhatsApp on iPhone without iCloud via Email

One more free option to back up your iPhone WhatsApp messages is via Email. This choice is especially appropriate for those who want to back up specific chat history on WhatsApp. This method can be applied to Android devices as well, not just iOS devices.

Step 1. Click WhatsApp on the iPhone home screen to launch it.

Step 2. Tap on Chats on the bottom, you could view all the chats listed. Choose one chat you want to backup, swipe it from right to left and tap ‘More’ option.


Step 3. Other options will pop upon the bottom of the screen. Select ‘Email Chat’ and enter the email address that you want to send the chat to. The last step, click ‘Send’ and you could check the backup file on the Email inbox.


As you can see, the complete process is to back up only one WhatsApp chat history. Thus it is not recommended if you have a huge number of chats to backup.

Part 3. How to Backup WhatsApp without iCloud Using iTunes

Though iPhone data can be automatically backed up to iCloud, iTunes is still indispensable since iCloud backup storage is limited. With iTunes, you can back up almost all data and settings. What is less pleasant is that there is no an option to back up only WhatsApp messages. Once you click backup tab, all the content will be backed up as well, and the previous iTunes backup will be overwritten.

Step 1. Download the newest iTunes or upgrade the iTunes to the latest version.

Step 2. Launch it and connect your iPhone to computer. If it is the 1st time for you to connect the device to PC, you will need to click ‘Trust This Computer’ option on the home scree, and the device will be recognized by iTunes.

Step 3. Select your iPhone icon when it is displayed on iTunes. Click Summary and tap on ‘Back Up Now’ button. Now just wait for the backup progress to finish.

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Part 4. How to Backup WhatsApp with iCloud

Since iCloud is the built-in feature on WhatsApp, it is always the most straightforward way to back up WhatsApp chat history with iCloud. But before that, the iCloud Drive for WhatsApp backup shall be turned on from iPhone settings. The detailed procedures are:

Step 1. Go to Settings, click iCloud to ensure that iCloud Drive is on. Enable iCloud access for WhatsApp if it is disabled.

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Step 2. Open WhatsApp and click Settings in the bottom right corner. Tap on Chats and Chat backup. Then click on Back Up Now and the WhatsApp chats will be uploaded to the iCloud storage.

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By Joan J. Mims

Posted on Jun 06, 2018, 16:22:12

Joan J. Mims is interested in researching all tips about iPhone, iPad and Android. He loves to share useful ideas with all users.