WhatsApp is the king of instant messaging with all its tips and tricks. Other apps have tried to dethrone WhatsApp, but have been unsuccessful so far. You probably use it for everything, to send pictures, video, and text. But, what if something happened to your phone? Since you never know when something might happen backup WhatsApp as soon as possible.
If you’ve been cautious, you already have a backup on Google Drive. But, what if you would rather have that backup on your Dropbox account? The good news is that you’re not stuck with Google Drive as your only backup option, let’s see how to backup WhatsApp to your Dropbox account.
How to Backup WhatsApp Files to Your Dropbox Account
There are three different apps you can try to backup WhatsApp content to Dropbox. You can either choose FolderSync, Dropsync, or FileDrop. I will show you how you can backup WhatsApp content to each and every one of these apps.
If you’re looking for an app that keeps things simple, then I tink you’re going to like FileDrop. It’s a free app you can install from Google Play and is very easy to use.
When you first install the app, you’ll see that it’s divided into two sections. The top part will ask you to sign into your Dropbox account, and the bottom part will show you all the files you have on your Android device.
Don’t worry if you didn’t previously create a folder since you can create one directly from the app. Just tap on the drive icon on the top left and tap on Create Directory. If you want to rename a folder that’s where your WhatsApp content will go, you can do that too.
The option you need to tap on is ¨As Sync Directory¨. Now, tap on the folder you want the WhatsApp backup to go to. Switch to the bottom section of the app and scroll until you see the WhatsApp folder. Tap on it and then select what you want to backup. I chose Media.
Then tap on the SD card icon and select As Sync Directory. Once you’ve done that tap on the cloud and sun icon to the right of your display. Tap on the Turn On Sync Feature and then enable Use Sync. After that, it should automatically start backing up your WhatsApp content.
If you want the app to automatically backup your WhatsApp content, tap on the Turn On Sync > Sync Policy > Enable Auto Sync.
When you first open the app, sync your Dropbox account with the app. If the connection has been successful, the app will let you know. Now, tap on Choose What To Sync and then the app will either let you create a test folder, create your own folder or skip creating anything.
I choose to create a test folder, and after that, it created a folder named DropsyncFiles in my Dropbox account. Look for the Synced Folders tab and tap on the phone icon. Now tap right below Local folder in device.
Tap on where it says go up and scroll down to the WhatsApp folder. Find what you want to backup and tap on the Select button. Don’t forget to tap on the save button.
To prevent any changes to WhatsApp backup directly from Dropbox, make sure that the Sync Method is set to Upload only. Tap on the refresh button at the top, and the files should start appearing in your Dropbox account.
AutoSync Interval Times
To automatically backup your content, toggle on the Enable Autosync option. To set the time interval, tap on the three vertical dots at the top right and tap on Settings. Scroll down until you see Autosync Interval and tap on it. Now, choose the Autosync Interval you want. You can make a choice between:
- 5 Minutes
- 15 Minutes
- 30 Minutes
- 1 Hour
- 2 Hours
- 4 Hours
- 6 Hours
- 12 Hours
- 24 Hours
Easily Backup WhatsApp Content with FolderSync Lite
Last but not least there’s FolderSync to help you backup your WhatsApp content. Once you’ve installed the app, tap on the hamburger icon on the top left and then choose accounts. Tap on the plus sign at the bottom and select Dropbox.
Once you’ve signed into your Dropbox account, once again tap on the hamburger icon and choose Folderpairs. Tap on the plus sign to create a folder pair. You will also need to choose the Dropbox folder you want the files to go to and select the WhatsApp folder from your device.
To choose the WhatsApp folder from your Android device, tap on the Local folder. Scroll down and select the WhatsApp folder. If you want to upload everything you see then tap on the plus sign but if there’s a specific folder you want to upload, select it and then tap on the plus sign.
To choose what folder your WhatsApp content goes to tap on Remote Folder > Choose the Dropbox folder > Tap on the plus sign. Don’t forget to save everything and in the next section, you’re taken to hit the Sync button.
If you want the app to backup your information automatically, toggle on the Use Scheduled Sync and then choose the Sync Interval. You can choose 23 hours, daily, weekly, monthly or advanced. If you keep scrolling down, there are various details you can also set up such as notifications, connection, Etc.
Now you know that you’re not stuck with Googe Drive as your only backup option. If you don’t like one app, you have two others to choose from. So, which one do you think you’re going to try first? Leave a comment and let me know.