I am not sure if this is the case, but when you do iCloud Backup of your phone, it will backup Whatsapp. ( I am unsure if this include the Photos and Video )

Then Whatsapp itself has backup option to backup itself in iCloud Drive Backup.

Is that a double Backup? Because i see 2.1GB inside the iCloud Backup, and then 1.7Gb inside document and settings.

  • I really wonder that this is not discussed more often. I came here because on my girlfriend's iPhone the iCloud space Apple provides free of charge, currently 5GB, was full and a backup was no longer possible. Half of it was taken by the photo library and the other half by WhatsApp. Reducing that is makes a big difference. – Tim Büthe Dec 7 '16 at 20:09

Yes, if you have device backup and WhatsApp chat backup turned on, you will indeed be making two backups for WhatsApp. In my case, this means 2 x 1.5GB.

The following unofficial info should help you make a decision on whether to keep both, or turn one of them off. Disclosure, this is not my info, I did find it elsewhere:

The iCloud backup and having the device backup does duplicate data. Backing up the phone will back up whatsapp, so if you restored to a new phone even without enabling the inbuilt backup your data would be there.

If you enable the whatsapp iCloud backup you are able to restore your data to a new phone, without performing a full iCloud restore. Personally I would keep the in built whatsapp backup enabled and untick it from the complete iPhone backup. I swap my backup often between my two phones using just the built in whatsapp feature, without restoring etc.

Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/ios/comments/3pz8hh/how_does_the_whatsapp_app_backup_work/

  • Thanks, I got the answer myself long ago. But it was nice that you answered anyway. Just a side note. Turning on iCloud Backup in Whatsapp will causes your iCloud on Mac to constantly take up all your bandwidth. ( It will keep download the Whatsapp iCloud in a loop ). This is a bug that I have reported long ago and no yet fixed. – user982438 Aug 4 '16 at 8:27

Yes, if you let both options enabled, your iCloud storage will have two WhatsApp backups.

More information: http://www.whatsapp.com/faq/en/iphone/20888066

  • The link you provided is about WhatsApp backups but does not actually mention anything about the double backup issues. However, this unofficial thread seems to give the info we need: reddit.com/r/ios/comments/3pz8hh/… I have created an answer with this info in case it helps. – redfox05 Aug 2 '16 at 15:52

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