3 Free Ways to Backup iPhone WhatsApp without iCloud (iOS 13 included)

WhatsApp has reformed the communication channel among people. Not only has it made the process faster, but it also has features such as exchanging photos, videos, and other attachments. Although WhatsApp provide backup option for iPhone users to automatically backup their WhatsApp data to iCloud, iCloud itself has limitations of only 5GB free space for every user. If you are already a loyal user of WhatsApp, and have used it for more than 2 years, the amount of data can easily exceed 5G, let alone our need for iCloud to back up contacts, photos and other data on our phone.

To help you out, in this article we will offer you some of the best alternative methods to back up your WhatsApp data without having to buy extra storage on iCloud.

Before we start, check out the chart below to have a general understanding of the following methods.

via iTransor for WhatsApp via iTunes via Email
Ease to Use Really easy Easy Hard
Backup Data Overwritten No Yes No
Required Time Depend on WhatsApp data Size Depend on iPhone data size Long
Restore Function Yes Yes, but restore whole iphone No

Method 1. Backup WhatsApp to Computer via iTransor for WhatsApp

It becomes important to backup WhatsApp data (chats, attachments or documents), in case of any physical damage or software malfunction that will cause data loss. iTransor for WhatsApp is a flexible tool developed to back up all WhatsApp data including chats, medias and contacts to computer without overwriting the old backups. It is considered as the best iCloud alternative to backup WhatsApp for free.

Some of the other important features of iTransor for WhatsApp are listed as follows:

  • Completely free to back up all WhatsApp messages on iPhone or Android device to your computer or laptop.
  • Unlike iCloud, you don't need to purchase more storage to back up your WhatsApp messages. Every whatsApp backup file will be saved without being overwritten.
  • Really easy to use, the interface is clear for users and it allows you to backup, restore and transfer your WhatsApp data within few clicks, no need to uninstall the app.
  • Great compatibility. It is compatible with any iPhone (iOS 9.0 and later) and Android devices (from Android 2.0 to 9.0).
  • Supports to transfer WhatsApp data directly between iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max/XR/8/7/6/5/4 and Android without OS-restrictions, which means you can also transfer from iPhone to Android and vice versa.
  • You can also restore your iPhone backup to another iPhone or even a new Android device with this tool.

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How to Use iTransor for WhatsApp to Backup WhatsApp on iPhone (iOS 13 Supported)

The steps involved to back up WhatsApp without iCloud using iTransor for WhatsApp are as follows:

Step 1. Run the program and click on the 'Back Up WhatsApp on Devices' tab. Then connect your device to the computer and click Back Up to start the process.

connect iphone to pc

Step 2. You will come to the backing up screen right after you click Back Up. Just wait a while for the backup to complete.

wait a while for the backup

Step 3. When the process ends, you will see the notification about the completion of the process on your screen. It is very simple.

backup is comlete


If you want to know how to restore this WhatsApp backup, please check this article.


Method 2. Backup Whole iPhone Data Using iTunes

Storing more than 5 GB of data on your iCloud account is certainly possible but then you have to pay for it monthly. Backing up your iPhone with iTunes is another alternative option. With iTunes, you can backup data from your iPhone/iPad/iPod to your computer but unlike iMyFone iTransor, it doesn't enable you to selectively perform the backup. You can simply backup all of your data by connecting your device and your computer.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone and computer using a genuine USB cable. Launch and open iTunes now.

Step 2. On the top bar an iPhone icon will appear. Click on that icon and then click on "Summary" tab from the sidebar.

Step 3. Click on "Back Up Now" button on the Summary page and then confirm your actions. In a matter of few minutes, you have successfully backup iPhone WhatsApp without using iCloud.

back up iPhone using iTunes


Method 3. Email WhatsApp Chats From iPhone to Yourself

WhatsApp has the feature of emailing the chats to oneself or to anyone else if you wish to backup or share the WhatsApp chat history. But this method only allows you to view the chats without the ability to import them to your WhatsApp account. These following steps will explain you broadly about how to email your chats to an email address.

Step 1. Open WhatsApp on your device. Tap and open the individual chat or a group chat you want to back up.

Step 2. Tap on the "chat name" on the top of the screen and you can then see the contact information where you need to click on "Export Chat".

Step 3. It will then pop up two options, "Attach Media" and "Without Media". Choose the one suitable for your need.

Step 4. On the next screen, it will then attach the complete chat history of the selected individual or group in the email. Type in your email address and hit 'Send'. Refresh your inbox and then you can view the chats in your email.

email WhatsApp chats to yourself

That's about it, you've now known all 3 ways to back up iPhone WhatsApp without iCloud. All of them are free methods. Just choose the best one to start WhatsApp backup.

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