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The default backup time for WhatsApp is specific (in my case, it's 4:00 AM).

Although we can manually backup at any time, how do we change the default backup time?

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    What is more concerning, is that it is running at 02:00 UTC - meaning it does not account for local time and runs late evening or early morning. – Amit Bens Jul 22 '18 at 9:32
  • It was backing up on 4am many years ago – a very nice time that few people will still messaging. But the automatic backup time has pushed forward to 3am and now 2am daily. A very inappropriate time to initiate a ten-minute long backup... – Sunny Miu Jan 13 '20 at 18:04
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Sadly, it cannot be done. WhatsApp doesn't allow any other time to be set for the automatic backup of messages.

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    That's right, sadly, even though it seems plain stupid to me. – Matteo Tassinari Aug 14 '16 at 12:29
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    I am often carrying on an important conversation when 02:00 strikes and I go offline for 5 minutes, invariably with catastrophic social consequences! – Charlie Gorichanaz May 16 '17 at 9:03
  • To me, this is the most annoying thing on WhatsApp, I'm always using WhatsApp at 2:00. – Shimmy Weitzhandler Apr 23 '19 at 1:51
  • It is stupid. Because at 2:00 my phone is on airplane mode while I am sleeping. Then the backup is pushed at when I wake up at 7/8 am – Raymond Chenon Oct 6 '20 at 8:52
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You cannot change the Whatsapp backup time to the local device storage. But optionally, you can have Google drive as your backup destination and can schedule it to backup as you wish (Monthly, Weekly, Daily or On click).

Google drive can backup your photos and videos along with the chat content in your Whatsapp account.

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    Yes but the backup is still done at the same time, so this doesn't help much. – Matteo Tassinari Aug 14 '16 at 9:22
  • Yeah backup is done as scheduled by whatsapp, its 2:00 in here. – Abhishek K Aug 14 '16 at 11:32

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