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Backing up chats to Google Drive toggle
If you want to restore your chat history after changing devices, you need to back it up in advance.

Before backing up your chats, be sure to:
• Turn Google Drive ON.
• Update LINE to the latest version.

Note: Photos and stickers sent in chats cannot be backed up or restored. If there are photos you'd like to save, consider saving them to Albums or Keep.

There are two methods available for backing up your chats to Google Drive.

Manually back up chats to Google Drive
Use this option to manually back up your chat history whenever you need to. For more information, see this Help article.

Automatically back up chats to Google Drive
Choose how often you want your chats to be automatically backed up. For more information, see this Help article.

You won't be able to back up your chats if you don't have enough free space on your device or Google drive. Be sure to regularly check how much free space you have and whether your chats were successfully backed up or not. For information about clearing space on Google Drive, see this Google Drive Help page.

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I received a notification saying an auto-backup to Google Drive failed toggle
If an auto-backup fails because you don't have enough free space on Google Drive or your device, one of the following error messages will appear in a notification from the app or on the settings screen.
Note: You will not receive a notification if an auto-backup fails for another reason.

• "Backup failed at XXXX on XXXX. Not enough free space on Google Drive."
• "Backup failed at XXXX on XXXX. Not enough free space on your device."

If you receive a notification like the ones above, or if you find that you cannot do a periodic backup in the LINE app, make sure that you have enough free space on Google Drive and your device, then try again.
Note: For information about clearing space on Google Drive, see this Google Drive Help page.

 We recommend regularly checking the app to make sure your chat history is successfully backed up.

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Copying chat messages toggle
You can copy a chat message using one of the methods below.

To copy an entire chat message:
Tap and hold the chat message you want to copy, then tap Copy.

To copy part of a chat message:
1. Tap and hold the chat message you want to copy, then tap Select and copy.
2. Choose the part of the message you want to copy.
3. Tap Copy.

You can paste the chat message you copied by tapping a message text box, note, or other place to enter text > Paste.

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Searching LINE (for friends, chats, messages, groups, etc.) toggle
To search LINE:
1. Tap the search field at the top of the Home or Chats tab.
2. Enter what you want to search for in the text box.
Note: To get the best search results, enter a keyword that's at least two characters long.

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Backing up and restoring chat histories toggle
If you're an iOS user:
You can use iCloud to back up your chats.

For details on how to back up your chats, see this Help article. For information on how to restore your chats, see this Help article.

If you're an Android user:
You can use Google Drive to back up your chats.

For details on how to back up and restore your chats, see this Help article.

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Backing up and restoring your chat history with Google Drive toggle
You can back up and restore your chat history with Google Drive by following the steps below.
Important:
- Before backing up your chat history, make sure you have enough free space on your device and Google Drive.
- Be sure to try the following steps in an area with a strong network connection.
- The Back up and restore chat history option is only available on devices that can use Google Drive.

To back up your chat history:
1. From the Home tab, tap Settings > Chats.
2. Tap Back up and restore chat history.
3. Tap Back up to Google Drive.

Images and stickers are not backed up with your chat history, so we recommend saving any important images in Albums or Keep. For details about automatically backing up your chats, see this Help article.

To restore your chat history:
1. Tap the Home tab > Settings > Chats.
2. Tap Back up and restore chat history.
3. Tap Restore.
Note: With LINE version 9.2.0 and later, you can also restore your chat history when you transfer your account.

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Searching messages in a chat toggle
To search the messages in a chat: 
1. Tap the search icon at the top of the chat screen.
2. Enter what you want to search for in the Messages field.

You can search the messages from a specific date by tapping the calendar icon at the top right of the keyboard.

If you want to search the messages in all of your chats, see this Help article.

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Transferring chat history to a device with a different OS toggle
To transfer your chat history to a device with a different OS (Android to iPhone/iPhone to Android), you need to transfer your account with an easy transfer QR code.
Note:
- You can only transfer your chat history from the last 14 days.
- To use an easy transfer QR code, you need to be able to log in to your LINE account and have both your previous device and the new device you want to transfer the account to.
- If you can no longer use your old device, there will be no way to transfer your chat history to a device with a different OS.

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Backing up chats as text files toggle
To back up a chat's history as a text (.txt) file:
1. Tap the menu icon at the top of the chat screen > Other settings.
2. Tap Export chat history and choose how you want to send the file.
Note: You cannot restore your chat history in LINE from a text file backup.

For information on how to restore your chat history when transferring your LINE account or reinstalling the LINE app, see this Help article.

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Deleting your chat history toggle
To delete the history for all your chats:
1. From the Home tab, tap Settings > Chats.
2. Tap Delete chat history > Delete.

To delete a specific room’s chat history:
1. From the Chats tab, select a chat room > tap the menu icon > Other settings.
2. Tap Delete chat history > OK.

Important: Deleted messages cannot be restored.

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Automatically backing up chats to Google Drive toggle
If you want to restore your chat history after changing devices, you need to back it up in advance.

To automatically back up your chats to Google Drive, follow the steps below.
Note: For information on manually backing up your chats, see this Help article.

1. Tap the Home tab > Settings > Chats.
2. Tap Back up and restore chat history.
3. Turn Enable auto-backup ON.
4. Select how often you want to back up your chats.

Your chats will be backed up automatically when you stop using your device and its screen has turned off.
Note:
- Your device needs to be connected to the internet and plugged into an outlet when the auto-backup refresh starts.
- If you can't use a Wi-Fi connection, you can still back up your chats with Use mobile data selected.

If an auto-backup fails, you'll receive a chat notification from the LINE official account. For more information about this notification, see this Help article.

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