WhatsApp and Dropbox are two big names in each field. While WhatsApp is the leading instant messaging app, Dropbox is a popular cloud storage service. You can combine them to have an online backup of your WhatsApp data if it’s needed.
WhatsApp has a backup feature to allow you have a copy of your valuable data. No one knows what will happen with your phone and your life. There will be a chance that you will need your WhatsApp conversations some day. So, have an online backup of you WhatsApp data is a good idea.
By default, when you backup your WhatsApp data in Android, it will be stored to Google Drive. If you prefer to store your WhatsApp data to your existing Dropbox account you can use a third party app. One of the best ones is FolderSync Lite. This is a free app (paid service is also available with an ads-free). You can use this app to effortlessly sync your local data to the cloud. Additionally, the app also features a file manager to enable you managing your files locally and in the cloud.
Here’s how to use the app to backup your WhatsApp data to Dropbox.
- First and foremost, you need to install the app (FolderSync Lite) first. Find the app on Play Store or simply visit here.
- Launch FolderSync Lite and tap on the three-line icon at the top-left corner and select Accounts.
- On the next page, tap on the “+” button at the bottom-right corner and choose Dropbox.
- Before login to Dropbox you will be asked to give your account a unique name. This is not your Dropbox username. You can type any name. Once you done, tap on “Authentication Account” and sign in with your Dropbox account. Tap Save once you finished.
- Tap the three-line icon again and re-choose Accounts. You should see your linked Dropbox listed here.
- Again. Tap on the the three-line icon on the top-left corner and choose Folderpairs.
- Tap on the “+” button again on the bottom-right corner and you will one more time be prompted to type a unique name. Don’t forget to switch to the account you’ve just created.
- Tap on the Remote folder option and choose the Dropbox folder you want to save your WhatsApp data that will be transferred to. You can also create a new folder if you wish it. Once done selecting/creating the folder tap on the “+” button.
- Tap the Local folder option and scroll down until you see the WhatsApp folder. Tap on it and decide whether you want to back up all the folders or only a particular one. If you want to backup all the sub folders inside the WhatsApp folder then select nothing. Just tap the “+” button. This also means that you will backup the entire WhatsApp data.
- One thing you should never miss is to set the Sync type to remote folder. This is the key of it all. If you miss this part your data will not be transferred to Dropbox. To do that, tap on the Sync type and select To remote folder.
- Once done with all the steps above you can now start choosing the options of how your WhatsApp data will be synced. Just scroll down to see all the options. As you can see you can set the sync schedule, network and other options. Just set at your convenience and tap SAVE once you done.