How To Take WhatsApp Backup Using Mobile Data Instead Of WiFi

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WhatsApp is the most used messenger with over a billion users. This clearly suggests that most of our conversations are taking place on WhatsApp. Smartphones like any other gadget are prone to failure or damage. It is quite possible that you lose them or they get stolen by someone. This is where the WhatsApp backup feature comes in handy. If you have a backup then you can easily restore all the lost messages. Even though there is useful software that helps you to recover WhatsApp conversations without the backup, but it is always wise to have a backup. Also, you will need it if you need to restore your Whatsapp messages from Google Drive to your iPhone.

Now, most of the users must be using only Cellular Data on their phones. But WhatsApp by default backup over WiFi. So if you wish to backup WhatsApp chat using mobile data instead of mobile data then follow the steps mentioned here on your Android phone or iPhone.

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Take WhatsApp Backup Using Mobile Data On iPhone

1. Launch Settings and select Cellular/mobile data. Now, head over to the bottom and toggle iCloud Drive switch to On.

Take WhatsApp Backup Using Mobile Data on iPhone

Enabling this allows iOS to take backup with the cellular network when not connected to Wi-Fi.

2. After that, turn off WiFi as by default iOS takes iCloud backup via WiFi. So you need to make sure you are not connected to any WiFi network. You can do that easily from Control Center or go to Settings > Wi-Fi > Toggle Wi-Fi to OFF.

3. If you take WhatsApp backup now, it will be taken with cellular data (of course Cellular Data should be turned on)

In order to do backup your WhatsApp messages, go to Settings > Chats > Chat Backup > Back Up Now. You can also include videos in backup if desired.

Backup WhatsApp With Cellular Data On Android

1. Launch WhatsApp and tap on 3 dots icon at the top right corner and select Settings. And under Settings, select Chats.

WhatsApp Chats Backup

2. On the next screen, tap on Chat backup. Then, tap on Back up over and select Wi-Fi or cellular.

Backup WhatsApp With Cellular Data on Android

3. Next, disconnect from all the saved Wi-Fi networks or turn it off.

Turn on mobile data on your device and then start WhatsApp backup.

WhatsApp Back Got Stuck? Try These Fixes

Now this problem is not that common, but it still happens with a lot of people that their WhatsApp Backup gets stuck in between. And this problem can be really confusing and frustrating. So if that’s what happens with you, then you can go on read the article a little bit further.


If the WhatsApp backup got stuck in your iPhone, then you can follow these methods to get over this problem.

Checking iCloud Storage

You must be well aware that WhatsApp backup in iPhone is done on iCloud. So it must be that there isn’t much empty space for the backup to complete, and that is why the backup got stuck in between. To check the iCloud storage, perform the following steps.

1. Go to settings and then tap on your name to open your Apple ID.

open your apple ID

2. Now, tap on iCloud to have a look at the overall storage.

check iCloud storage

3. If the empty space is too low, then tap on “Manage Storage.”

manage icloud storage

4. Now to delete data from any app, select that app and then tap on “Delete Data.”

clear space in icloud

Note: Make sure the data you are deleting is completely useless. And if it is important, then make sure you back up that data somewhere else before deleting it from iCloud.

Hard Reboot

Almost 90% of problems on iPhone are solved by hard reboot. The method of hard rebooting the phone varies according to the iPhone model you are using.

For iPhone 6 and older versions: Press and hold the power button along with the home button for about 10 seconds. After that, you are going the see the apple logo on the screen, then release the buttons to hard reboot.

For iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: For these versions, the procedure is almost the same, but the keys you’ll have to press are Power and Volume down buttons.

For iPhone 8, 8 plus, and 10: In these versions, you’ll have to press three keys. First, press the volume up key, then the volume down key, and at last, press and hold the side button. Release the side button when you see the Apple logo.


If this same problem occurs in your Android smartphone, then you can try restarting your phone after force stopping the app. To do this, go to Settings > Additional settings > Application management > WhatsApp > Force Stop > Clear Cache.

Note: The location of the Application management option may be different for different Android versions.

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Waiting or hoping for a WiFi connection to be able to back up your WhatsApp messages can be a little frustrating. So it is important that you know how to back up your chats by using mobile data. Because that way, you can complete the backup any time you want, without the risk of losing your important messages.

And we hope that you were able to take backup using mobile data on Android and iPhone without getting it stuck in between. If you face any issues then let us know in the comments below.

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Hemant Mendiratta
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