WhatsApp Backup and Restore on iPhone and Android (Messages and Media)

November 12, 2020Ashley Mae

WhatsApp is one of the most popular applications that communicate with your friends and customers. Backing up WhatsApp chats become a necessary task to keep those important messages and media files safe for many users like you.

After all, it comes to be easier when you want to restore old messages to a new phone or find back the accidentally deleted chatting conversations.

Maybe you have found some guidelines from WhatsApp officially, however, you may be confused by the simple introductions.

With that in mind, here's a detailed guide with visual images to backup and restore WhatsApp on iPhone and Android.

Let’s dive right into it.

Backup and Restore WhatsApp Chats

Part 1. Easiest Way to Backup and Restore WhatsApp Without Uninstalling

Though WhatsApp offers the default way to backup and restore messages and media files to the cloud, it requires you to uninstall WhatsApp to restore data, which leads to the overwrite of all the existing WhatsApp messages.

Besides, the large backup file size may eat up your cloud space.

To get rid of those limits, the first way of copying WhatsApp data via WhatsApp Transfer for iOS is recommended.

WhatsApp Transfer for iOS is a professional WhatsApp data backup tool. In 3 steps, you can send all the WhatsApp messages and attachments to PC from iPhone and share data from one iPhone with another iPhone.

WhatsApp Transfer for iOS

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WhatsApp Transfer for iOS

  • Backup WhatsApp messages, photos, videos, audio, and attached files to computer.
  • Keep every WhatsApp backup file individually without overwriting.
  • Support encrypted backup to protect your privacy.
  • Restore backup from computer to PC and new iPhone.
  • Transfer WhatsApp data from one iPhone to a new iPhone.

Follow the simple steps mentioned below to know-how.

Backup WhatsApp Data from iPhone to PC/iPhone

Step 1.
Connect iPhone(s) to PC
Free download and install WhatsApp transfer software on your computer. Get a USB cable to connect iPhone to PC.
In the main interface, click WhatsApp Transfer for iOS.
Interface

Then choose Backup.

Backup
Step 2.
Backup WhatsApp from iPhone to PC
Then click the three-dot to browse and navigate the drive on PC to store the WhatsApp backup file.
After that, click Start Backup to copy the whole WhatsApp data to this computer.
Start Backup

It is also noteworthy to point out that this software supports WhatsApp backup encryption, and you just need to tick the box of Backup encryption and enter the password to secure the backup.

Once you restore the encrypted backup in the future, you need to enter the password to unlock it.

Backup Encryption

Restore WhatsApp Backup to iPhone/PC

To restore WhatsApp backup to iPhone, the steps are pretty easy.

Step 1.
Select Restore
Again, launch WhatsApp Transfer for iOS on your computer, and select WhatsApp Transfer for iOS.
Then choose Restore.
Restore
Step 2.
Select WhatsApp backup file
Then this software will load the last WhatsApp backup file you have done automatically.
Select File

If you want to check more backup files, just click Import local file to locate the backup files you did before on this PC to load them.

Import
Step 3.
Restore WhatsApp to iPhone or PC

Here, you are given 2 options to restore WhatsApp backup.

1. To restore WhatsApp to iPhone, you just need to connect iPhone to this PC and click Restore to get all WhatsApp backup back to iPhone.

Load

2. To view and restore the backup to iPhone or this computer, you should click the View icon and then all the WhatsApp messages and attached media files will be loaded.

View

After checking that, click Restore to Device to send WhatsApp data to iPhone, or Restore to PC to export WhatsApp backup on this PC as CSV or HTML file.

Restore to Device

The added bonus of this method is that you can send all WhatsApp data, including the archived from iPhone to another iPhone without backup or restore.

You just need to run WhatsApp Transfer for iOS, then select Device-to-device Transfer. After that, connect both iPhone devices to this computer, and correct the source and target device. Finally, just click Start Transfer to move all WhatsApp chats and attachments from all contacts and groups from one iPhone to another iPhone in 1:1 copy.

More details about transferring WhatsApp messages to new iPhone are here.

Start Transfer

Part 2. Backup and Restore WhatsApp Data on iPhone with iCloud

Surely, WhatsApp also offers a way to backup messages and media files, and iCloud is the official recommended tool on iPhone.

iCloud is the universal feature to backup and restore iPhone data. It runs the gamut, including WhatsApp messages backup.

Here is how.

Backup WhatsApp Messages on iPhone

Step 1.
Open Chat Backup on WhatsApp
Run WhatsApp application on iPhone, and tap Settings at the bottom-right corner. Then hit Chats. Next, tap Chat Backup.
Chat Backup
Step 2.
Enable WhatsApp backup on iCloud Drive
Here, you will see a reminder that requires you to enable WhatsApp backup under iCloud Drive.
Enable WhatsApp Backup

Open Settings on iPhone, tap iCloud, hit iCloud Drive and set it ON, and scroll down to toggle on WhatsApp.

iCloud Drive
Step 3.
Backup iPhone WhatsApp to iCloud
Once the settings are enabled, return to WhatsApp, and you can see Back Up Now option. Just hit it. Then it will start syncing WhatsApp messages to iCloud.
Back Up Now

It also lets you create an auto-backup daily, weekly, or monthly by turning on Auto Backup.

Auto Backup

To upload WhatsApp videos to iCloud, you just need to enable Include Videos under Auto Backup.

Upload

Once the backup progress is done, you can see the last backup date, size, and videos information on the screen.

Auto Backup

Restore WhatsApp data to iPhone via iCloud

To restore WhatsApp data to iPhone, you should

Then just log in to your WhatsApp account, then it will pop up a message that asks you if you are willing to restore the chat history from iCloud. Tap Restore or Restore Chat History and it will start accessing WhatsApp backup from iCloud.

Restore Chat History

However, once you skip it, you will not be able to restore the backup later.

Restore Backup

After that, you just need to follow the on-screen instructions to edit WhatsApp Profile and use WhatsApp again.

1. In the whole process, you should connect iPhone with the Internet to guarantee a stable backup or restore process. WhatsApp backup gets stuck on iPhone? Here are the solutions.
2. Make sure iCloud has enough spice to store WhatsApp backup.
3. iCloud only restores the last backup for WhatsApp. If you have made several backup files, iCloud only keeps the last one.

Part 3. Backup and Restore WhatsApp Data on Android via Google Drive

When it comes to Android users, Google Drive is the solution to WhatsApp backup and restore.

To Use Google Drive for backing up WhatsApp data, you need:

Here’s how to get started:

Backup WhatsApp from Android to Google Drive

Step 1.
Open WhatsApp application on Android, tap More options, hit Settings, tap Chats, select Chat backup, and hit Back up to Google Drive.
Back up to Google Drive
Step 2.
Select a backup frequency other than Never.
Step 3.
Select the Google Drive account you want to backup WhatsApp chat history to, hit Allow, optionally toggle on Include videos, choose the network that you want to use for WhatsApp backup, and tap Back up.

After that, it will start backing up WhatsApp chats to Google Drive.

Back up

Restore WhatsApp from Google Drive to Android

To restore WhatsApp backup from Google Drive, you should use the same phone number and Google account that you created the backup.

Step 1.
Uninstall WhatsApp from Android.
Step 2.
Open WhatsApp and verify your phone number.
Step 3.
Tap RESTORE when promoted.
Step 4.
Then WhatsApp will restore the backup chats and media files to an Android phone and you can continue to use WhatsApp.
Restore

Similar to iCloud, you are only allowed to restore the latest recent WhatsApp backup to Android phone.

Part 4. FAQs of WhatsApp Backup and Restore

Where is WhatsApp backup stored?

If your backup WhatsApp chat history on Android, it will be stored in Google Drive. For iPhone users, WhatsApp message backup will be saved in iCloud. If you use WhatsApp Transfer for iOS, it will be stored on a local computer or other removable drives.

How do I open WhatsApp backup?

Both iCloud and Google Drive only stores the backup on the cloud as a library file, but you cannot open them directly. To access WhatsApp backup on iCloud, you need an iCloud extractor. To open WhatsApp backup on this PC, WhatsApp Transfer for iOS can restore them to the PC for viewing.

How to restore deleted WhatsApp messages without backup?

Without backup, you need a third-party WhatsApp recovery tool to retrieve the deleted WhatsApp messages. Read this post to get WhatsApp recovery here.

Conclusion

WhatsApp stores many important messages and media files in communication. Creating a WhatsApp backup is an efficient way to avoid data loss, when you deleted chats accidentally or get a new phone. This post shares 3 ways to backup and restore WhatsApp data in iCloud, Google Drive, and WhatsApp Transfer for iOS.
Which way is your favorite one?
Do you think uninstalling WhatsApp is a good way to restore?
Let me know by leaving your comments below.

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