How do I back up the WhatsApp backup that is on Google Drive?

If I go to WhatsApp - Settings - Chats - Chat backup, it tells me the Google account that my backup is at and the size.

And if I go to https://drive.google.com/drive/backups, then I can see the backup there.

Google Drive doesn't even tell me the size of the backup! But it tells me the date or time of it which verifies with what the WhatsApp app shows.

How can I copy it off?

I tried Google Takeout picking just Google Drive. But that just gives a 9MB file. So it didn't include it.

  • added note- It does seem a bit vulnerable to me because if some things go wrong eg phone breaks and new phone doesn't load old messages, and decides to do a backup then who knows maybe it could overwrite that one.(not tested yet) There's still a question of, even if I did backup the backup, whether whatsapp would even be able to read the backup or the backup or whether any third party app could.. but anyhow. Also.. I have some ideas maybe I can copy it off the phone.. though id have to see if I can then reload it. Anyhow.
    – barlop
    Apr 12 at 5:01
  • BTW I did have issue in past where a phone wouldn't load backup, (Afte it said something about "last chance"),. which i resolved by removing a local file from the phone then it loaded. But I want to backup the backup so the situation is a little bit less insecure!
    – barlop
    Apr 12 at 5:02
  • Related/possible dupe: How do I access to my WhatsApp backup in Google Drive?
    – Andrew T.
    Apr 12 at 5:51


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