I noticed recently that WhatsApp automatically backups messages. I get a popup every now and then when I am using WhatsApp which says "Backing up messages". I don't want WhatsApp to backup my messages. I went into the WhatsApp settings and clicked 'Chats and calls -> Chat backup' and it says:

Local: 3:00am
Google Drive: Never

Google Drive settings shows that my settings are set to 'Never back up to Google Drive'.

With that said, how do I prevent it from backing up locally?

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Quoting from WhatsApp FAQ How do I restore my chat history

If your device is plugged into your computer at night, low on storage space or is set to sleep with no background data; WhatsApp will not be able to backup your chat history.

I presume freeing up storage space is your reason for not wanting to back up. To do that

Your Chat History Backup files are saved in the /sdcard/WhatsApp/Databases/ folder.- You cannot open these folders outside of WhatsApp.- Make sure you have a file manager to be able to delete these files...

  1. Launch your File Manager.
  2. Tap on the WhatsApp folder, a list of all WhatsApp sub-folders will appear.
  3. Tap and hold the Databases file.
  4. Select Delete.
  • Wcleaner for WA. App description amongst other features claims (not tested by me )

Now you can delete or save WhatsApp backups (It is highly recommended not to delete latest backup)


There's no way to do that. WhatsApp updates its backup at 4 am(for me, can vary) everyday locally for easy recovery of chats.

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    'There is no way to do that'. You cannot prevent WhatsApp from taking backups, which is an answer to the question. Commented Jan 2, 2016 at 14:13
  • Oh okay. That was actually for another person who's comment seems to be deleted. Thanks. Commented Jan 2, 2016 at 14:17

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