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I had a working WhatsApp (say, WhatsApp W1 in phone PC) in my Samsung J7 Prime, Android 7, recovered with the usual Backup to/Restore from Google Drive, from phone A (PA).

I meant to install a Dual Messenger - WhatsApp, restoring for it a copy (W2) from another phone (PB). So I would have

W1 PA -> W1 PC
W2 PB -> W2 PC

This is the only reference I found on how to do it (which is a workaround, as if no "official" way of doing it existed). Since some people acknowledged in comments that it worked, I followed it. I skipped the part of recovering Media from W2 PB.

Now I have the two working WhatsApp accounts, that is fine, so far. But I am left with the following file structure:

/storage/emulated/0/WhatsApp/.Shared            <- From W1 PC
/storage/emulated/0/WhatsApp/.trash             <- From W1 PC
/storage/emulated/0/WhatsApp/Backups            <- From W1 PC
/storage/emulated/0/WhatsApp/Databases          <- Copied from W2 PB
/storage/emulated/0/WhatsApp/Databases_PhoneA   <- Renamed from W1 PC
/storage/emulated/0/WhatsApp/Media              <- From W1 PC

I have questions:

  1. Where are files (messages, media, backups, etc.) for each WA installation stored?

  2. Will I end up with a "broken" WA structure, which will cause problems? (so far everything is working fine).

  3. Is /storage/emulated/0/WhatsApp/Databases_PhoneA needed?

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Samsung's Dual Messenger/Dual App data is stored on

  • /Internal Storage/DualApp/WhatsApp
  • /storage/emulated/0/DualApp/WhatsApp

*For Samsung S10e, S10, S10+, Fold, Note9, S9, S9+, Note8, S8, S8+, S7, S7 edge, A80, A70, A50, A30.

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