How to Restore WhatsApp Backup on iPhone and Android devices

It’s scary to imagine that you have lost all your WhatsApp messages and files. They contain most of our most private and most precious chats and memories after all!

However, you can use an dr.fone - Restore Social App (iOS) or dr.fone - Recover (Android Data Recovery) to retrieve the WhatsApp data. Even if you have the WhatsApp backup data you would still want to know the process by which to restore the WhatsApp backup data on your Android device or iPhone. In this article we bring you the most efficient means of restoring WhatsApp backup for Android devices and iPhones separately.

Part 1: Selectively Restore WhatsApp backup content to iPhone

One means of restoring all that data effectively, and in fact restoring them selectively, choosing only what’s worth restoring, is to use dr.fone - Restore Social App (iOS). This incredibly well rated toolkit comes with plenty of features. But other than the features, one of the reasons that we suggest dr.fone is because of the widely acclaimed reputation of its parent company Wondershare, which has been a leading name in the industry for well over 10 years!


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  • Efficient, simple, and safe means of data backup & restore.
  • Transfer WhatsApp data from iOS to any iPhone/iPad/Android device.
  • Backup of WhatsApp data to computer.
  • Restoration of iOS WhatsApp data back to iPhone/iPad.
  • Completely private and secure. Confidentiality remains sealed.
  • Fully compatible with all models of iPhones and iPads.
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How to selectively restore WhatsApp backup to iPhone using dr.fone:

Step 1: Install dr.fone and connect your iPhone and choose the option "Restore WhatsApp messages to iOS device".

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Step 2: Choose the file you want to back up and click "Next". Restoration of files may take some time, meanwhile the WhatsApp data on your iPhone will get removed.

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Step 3: Alternatively, you can choose a backup file and click on "Next" to gain access to the contents of the backup. You can now select what you want to restore.

Step 4: You can now "Restore to Device" and complete the process!

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Part 2: How to restore WhatsApp backup to iPhone directly

2.1 How to manually backup chats through iCloud:

  1. Go to WhatsApp Settings > Chats > Chat Backup.
  2. Click on "Back Up Now".
  3. You can also schedule automatic chat backups by clicking on "Auto Backup" option choosing the desired frequency for backup.
  4. All the content will be backed up in your iCloud account where you can choose your selected files for backup.
  5. This process may take some time.

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2.2 How to restore WhatsApp messages to iPhone directly through iCloud:

  1. Go to WhatsApp settings > Chat > Chat Backup to check whether you have a iCloud backup of your WhatsApp data history or not.
  2. Once you have verified your last backup along with its details, you need to delete and reinstall WhatsApp on your phone from App store.
  3. Verify your phone number and follow the prompt coming on screen to restore the chat history. The phone for backup and restore should be same. If you are sharing an iCloud account, you can keep separate backups.

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2.3 Limitations to this process:

  1. You need to have iOS7 or higher.
  2. You need to sign in to iCloud.
  3. Documents & Data or iCloud drive has to be set to "ON".
  4. Ample storage space is needed on your iCloud and iPhone.
  5. Selective recovery is not possible.

Part 3: Selectively Restore WhatsApp backup Content to Android

When you want to restore WhatsApp backup for Android device, dr.fone - Recover (Android) is the best solution. It’s a complete data recovery software as it can scan your existing and deleted WhatsApp files and restore them to your android device.


dr.fone - Recover (Android)

Selectively extract and restore WhatsApp contents to Android.

  • It can recover your android data by scanning your device directly.
  • You can preview and selectively choose the data you want to recover.
  • Multiple types of files including messages, contacts, videos, pictures, documents, audio etc can be recovered.
  • More than 6000+ Android device and OS compatibility.
  • It comes with rave reviews from millions of fans worldwide.
Available on: Windows Mac
3981454 people have downloaded it

How to selectively restore WhatsApp backup to Android:

Follow these simple steps to restore WhatsApp messages and their attachments to your Android device.

Step 1 Connect your Android device with computer through a USB cable and turn on dr.fone.

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Step 2 Activate USB debugging so that dr.fone tool can recognize your android device. Instructions will be provided in the next window.

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Step 3 For rooted devices you need to allow dr.fone Superuser Authorization. Click on "Allow" and then "Next" button to choose WhatsApp messages and attachments.

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Step 4 Choose between Standard and Advanced scanning modes. Prefer Standard mode as Advanced will dig deep and take more time.

sacan mode

Step 5 After scanning is complete, WhatsApp messages and files will be displayed. Choose the ones you want to restore and press the "Recover" button.

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You can even use it to recover deleted Facebook messages, or any other lost files!

Part 4: How to restore WhatsApp backup to Android directly

One way to restore WhatsApp messages is through Google drive backup, however, the phone numbers for your Google account and WhatsApp account need to be the same.

In order to back up on Google drive, open WhatsApp and go to Menu > Settings > Chats > Chat backup. Choosing "Back Up" will do immediate backup, while choosing "Back up to Google Drive" allows you to set a backup frequency.

Important considerations for this process:

  1. First backup may take a long time
  2. You can change the backup frequency or Google account on which you are backing up by going to Menu > Settings > Chats > Chat backup.
  3. Google drive backup overwrites the previous Google drive backup with no restoration possible.
  4. The data is not fully encrypted and protected in Google drive.

How to restore WhatsApp backup to Android:

  1. Uninstall and Reinstall WhatsApp from Play store.
  2. verify whatsapp phone number

  3. Verify your phone number and the prompt for restore messages from Google drive will come up.
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  5. Click on "continue" and restoration will be done.

While you are encouraged to follow your heart and use whatever tool best suits your purpose, we highly advise using dr.fone as it definitely scores above Google Drive in terms of safety and ease. However, even if you use Google Drive and lose data, you can still use dr.fone - Recover (Android) to, well, recover the data!

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