For those of you who do not know, Whatsapp is one of the most used mobile instant messenger apps for mobile and tablets. Initially, it was designed for Android, iOS and Windows Phone users. At this point, we are able to download Whatsapp on PC with the help of an Android emulator.
The emulator allows users to install various mobile apps and tweaks on their Mac or Windows-based computers. Whatsapp has become a universal communication app, which transmits billions of messages each day. After a while, the user can easily accumulate a bunch of messages and important content. For this reason, I am sure than you want to keep them safe and stored.
This is actually pretty hard, with phones being lost, stolen or broken. In order to avoid losing your text messages, you should make a backup of your conversation, a backup that can be easily restored. In this respect, you can always restore your old messages, even if you change your phone or if you uninstall Whatsapp. Here is how you should backup your Whatsapp conversations but also how to extract Whatsapp backup database file for future restore.
- Backup your Whatsapp conversations
As I mentioned above, to create a backup of your conversations it is actually easy and simple. For this, launch the application from your apps list or Bluestacks in the case of Whatsapp for PC. Once Whatsapp is launched, press on the three-dot menu icon on the top right. Tap on Settings, and this will open the Whatsapp Settings. Here, you will be able to see the Chat Settings. Click on this option. Next, click on Backup conversations to backup all the presented messages. This will create a backup for all your conversations on a daily basis at 4 am.
- Extract Whatsapp backup database file for Future restore
In case you want to access or restore your saved conversations, you need to connect your device to your computer via USB. In the case of Whatsapp on PC, skip this step. Open the device’s storage. In the root o the device’s storage, you will be able to see a folder labeled Whatsapp. Click on it and search for the backup database files. Find the one with the latest date. It should look like msgstore-2014-03-24.1.db.crypt5, where the numbers represent the year, month and day of each conversation.
Copy that file to a secure location on your computer. Now, for those who connected their devices, remove the device. Now, when you lose your messages, and you have the backup available, simply put back the saved database file into Whatsapp > Database folder. Reinstall the application, and you will be asked to restore all messages. Choose Restore, and each one of your conversation will appear on Whatsapp.
This is all. However, in order to be able to restore all of your messages, you need to make sure you check the auto-backup feature. Only in this way your messages will be stored and saved, and your will be able to restore them whenever you want in the future.