If you have read us for a long time, you will know that we always insist on a basic security measure that everyone should already be doing on iOS and macOS: backup copy. Apple It offers several ways to do it, and in some cases even the individual iOS application itself also has its own method.
And for the same reason, confusion can arise when wanting to back up our WhatsApp conversations: you can do it through iOS itself or through an option that the messenger has. Which is better? Which one do I have to trust? If I do both overlap one on top of the other? Let's look at the differences between each copy.
Option 1: WhatsApp in iOS backup
The first option we have to make a backup of our entire WhatsApp is through the backup copies of the iPhone itself. As we have said on other occasions, you can make that backup locally through iTunes for macOS or Windows Or you can do it directly to iCloud as long as you have enough space in the cloud.
A copy of the entire system is saved in that copy. Absolutely everything. And as a copy of everything is saved, there are also all your WhatsApp messages including photos and videos. So yes, if you make an iOS backup, your messages are already safe.
The problem that this copy can have is that, if you want to recover WhatsApp messages that have been saved in it, you have to use it to restore the entire phone from it. It is like killing mosquitoes to cannons computerly speaking, and it is not ideal to have to reset all iOS to recover a couple of text messages that we have deleted by mistake and we need.
Option 2: WhatsApp copy
The second copy is the one offered by WhatsApp itself within your preferences, and that yes it must be done in iCloud. That copy works completely independently of iOS, does not interact with it in any way. Here, in addition, you have the option to include or not the videos of the conversations, which are usually responsible for WhatsApp taking up too much space on the phone. There is more flexibility.
The "disadvantage" (notice the quotes) is that you have to remember to make that copy in addition to the iOS one. And it takes up space in the cloud, so once again you have to make sure you have enough space in iCloud. But there is an advantage: you can retrieve WhatsApp messages without having to restore iOS completely. Thus, if you have any loss, recovering data will be much easier.
So if you want to have a security of honor registration for your instant WhatsApp messages, the best thing you can do is have both copies active. IOS is basic, and WhatsApp itself will offer you much more comfort in the case of having to recover data. Both can live together without problems.
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