It’s not too difficult to backup your WhatsApp messages and conversations. All you need to do is select the backup frequency you desire (daily/weekly), and that’s it. In case you need to restore your iPhone or if you decide to get the new iPhone 14 later this year, WhatsApp automatically backs up your communications from your iPhone to iCloud. Many iPhone users, however, have complained that their WhatsApp backup is trapped on their device. Don’t worry if you’re having the same problem; it’s quite simple to fix. So, here are 10 solutions to fix an iPhone WhatsApp backup that has become stuck.
There may be a number of causes for a stopped WhatsApp backup. In this tutorial, we’ll take a step-by-step approach, working our way up from the most frequent difficulties to more unusual ones that might be keeping your WhatsApp messages from backing up on your iPhone.
Although we advise following this tutorial in the sequence we’ve laid out, you can jump ahead to any method using the table of contents below.
Insufficient iCloud storage is one of the most frequent causes of WhatsApp backups being stuck on iPhones. Even if you have an iCloud+ plan, it’s a good idea to make sure there is adequate space for your WhatsApp backups because Apple only provides a meagre 5GB of free cloud storage.
- Go to the Settings app on your iPhone and tap the Apple ID banner.
- Next, tap iCloud. At the top of the screen, you should see how much iCloud storage is left for your account.
If you don’t have enough storage space in iCloud, you may either delete some items to make room for your WhatsApp backup or upgrade your plan to get additional storage space.
The next option to attempt is a force quit if there is enough storage space in iCloud and WhatsApp is still not backing up your data. Many times, forcing an app to close can assist fix sporadic bugs that might be hindering the app’s regular operation.
- On iPhone with Face ID: Swipe up from the home bar and then hold along the middle of the screen. After that, swipe up on the app card to kill the app.
- On iPhone with Touch ID: Double-press the home button to bring up the app switcher. After that, swipe up on the app card to force kill WhatsApp.
Now activate aeroplane mode (open the control centre and click the icon for aeroplane mode) and wait a short while. After that, open WhatsApp, turn off aeroplane mode, and attempt backing up once more. This should have resolved the issue with the earlier-stuck WhatsApp backup.
As a reliable Internet connection is necessary for WhatsApp backup, make sure that a sluggish cellular or Wi-Fi connection is not impeding the backup. Switch between your cellular and Wi-Fi connections if your Internet connection seems shaky.
- Navigate to the Settings app on your iPhone -> Mobile Data/Wi-Fi and then turn off the toggle.
- Now, reboot your iPhone. After your device has restarted, go to the Settings app and then turn on cellular/Wi-Fi.
When your iPhone is not connected to Wi-Fi or the Wi-Fi network is unreliable, iOS has a feature called WiFi Assist that automatically switches to using cellular data. By doing this, it is ensured that processes like video streaming and backup are not hampered by a shoddy Wi-Fi network. As a result, enabling WiFi assist can also guarantee that, even if WiFi access is spotty, your WhatsApp backups won’t be interrupted.
- Open the Settings app -> Cellular/Mobile Data.
- Now, scroll down to the bottom and then ensure that the toggle next to Wi-Fi Assist is turned on.
- Go to Settings -> Your Name on your iPhone
- Now, tap iCloud. Next, scroll down to find WhatsApp and then turn off the toggle next to it.
- Next up, restart your iPhone. Once your device has rebooted, head into the iCloud settings and then turn on the toggle next to WhatsApp.
- Launch the App Store on your iPhone and then tap your profile at the top right corner of the screen.
- Now, scroll down to find WhatsApp and then hit Update next to it. If the app listing shows Open instead of Update , it means that you re already using the latest version of WhatsApp on your iPhone.
Verify that iCloud is not currently experiencing a problem. Check if the circle to the left of iCloud Backup is green on Apple’s system status page by opening a web browser on your iPhone and going there. If the circle turns orange, there is a technical problem with iCloud Backup. You will have to wait till Apple fixes the problem in this case.
- Head over to the Settings app on your iPhone -> Apple ID banner -> iCloud.
- Next, tap Manage Storage and choose Backups.
- Next up, select the old backup that you no longer need and then hit Delete Backup at the bottom of the screen. Make sure to tap Turn off & Delete in the popup to confirm.
It’s time to attempt resetting your network settings if WhatsApp backup is still stuck.
- Head over to the Settings app on your iPhone and choose General. After that, scroll down to the bottom and tap Transfer or Reset iPhone.
- Next up, tap Reset at the bottom and choose Reset Network Settings. If prompted, make sure to enter your Screen Time passcode. Finally, tap Reset Network Settings again in the popup to confirm.
Is your iPhone‘s WhatsApp backup still not working? The problem can potentially be with iOS, which seems to have more bugs every day. Check to see if your iPhone needs any iOS upgrades, and if so, install them straight immediately in the hopes that they’ll solve the problem.
- Launch the Settings app on your iPhone and choose General.
- After that, tap Software Update and then download and install the latest version of iOS.
The solutions to a stuck WhatsApp backup on your iPhone are all listed above. Hopefully, you had no trouble fixing your WhatsApp backup. Having said that, if you are aware of any further techniques that can assist in fixing WhatsApp backups on your iPhone, please share them with us in the comments section below and we’ll give them a try.