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How to Restore WhatsApp Backup From iCloud to Android - 3 Methods Explained

Axel Nash
Axel Nash Originally published Jun 30, 23, updated Jun 07, 24

Attention, WhatsApp users! Have you recently switched from an iPhone to an Android device? If yes, then you must be longing to restore your WhatsApp backup from iCloud to Android. Look no further!

In this article, we’ll unravel the secrets of how to restore WhatsApp backups from iCloud to Android using three foolproof methods. We'll make sure to transfer your cherished conversations and ensure that no memories are left behind.

So let's start this roller coaster ride now.

Part 1. Understanding WhatsApp Backup and iCloud

WhatsApp has become integral to our daily communication. It stores invaluable conversations and media files. And on iOS devices, people save this precious data in iCloud by creating WhatsApp backups.

But here's the catch: iCloud is a cloud storage service exclusively for iPhone users. So the iCloud backups are not directly compatible with Android devices. This limitation poses a roadblock when attempting to transfer WhatsApp backups from iCloud to Android.

And that's where we come to play! Now let’s start with our first method. It’s using a third party tool, Wondershare MobileTrans.

Prepare to be amazed by the remarkable capabilities of Wondershare MobileTrans.

Part 2. The Best Phone to Phone Transfer Soluion

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MobileTrans goes beyond mere WhatsApp backup restoration! It offers a complete suite of features designed to simplify data management across various devices.

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Key Features

Here are some of the key features and benefits of Wondershare MobileTrans.

  • Effortless Cross-Platform Data Transfer
  • Seamlessly transfer data between different platforms. This tool is compatible across iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and more.
  • Direct Phone-to-Phone Transfer
  • Say goodbye to the hassle of intermediate backups and transfer data directly from one phone to another.
  • Secure Backup and Restore
  • Safeguard your device data with ease by creating backups & restoring them whenever needed.
  • Seamless WhatsApp Transfer
  • Effortlessly transfer your precious WhatsApp messages and attachments between devices. Whether it's from iOS to Android or vice versa, MobileTrans has got you covered.
  • Restore Social App Data
  • Transfer and restore data from popular social media apps. These include WhatsApp, LINE, Kik, Viber, and WeChat.
  • User-Friendly Interface
  • Experience an intuitive user interface that simplifies the data transfer process for all users.

Before we use these extensive capabilities of Wondershare MobileTrans for WhatsApp backup restoration, let's make some preparations.

Part 3. Preparing for WhatsApp Backup Restoration

Before diving into the complexities, here are some important considerations to keep in mind:

1. Verify iCloud Backup

Confirm that you have a recent WhatsApp backup stored in your iCloud account.

2. Stable Internet Connection

Ensure that you have a stable internet connection throughout the restoration process.

3. Sufficient Storage Space

Your Android device must have enough free storage space to accommodate the WhatsApp backup.

4. Enable Installation from Unknown Sources

On your Android device, enable the option to install apps from unknown sources. This is to allow the installation of Wondershare MobileTrans.

5. Get License

Get the WhatsApp Transfer license of Wondershare MobileTrans from the official website.

After these preparations, we have set the stage for a successful WhatsApp backup restoration.

Now let's see a detailed stepwise guide with a pictorial description.

Part 4. Restoring WhatsApp Backup from iCloud to iPhone

To restore WhatsApp backup from iCloud to Android, first, you need to restore this backup on the iPhone. Then you can transfer the restored WhatsApp data directly from iPhone to Android with MobileTrans or any other method.

Steps for Restoring WhatsApp Backup from iCloud to iPhone

Follow this stepwise guide to restore WhatsApp backup from iCloud to iPhone.

Step 1

Go to "Settings" on your iPhone. Tap on your name, and select "iCloud." Make sure that "WhatsApp" is enabled for iCloud backup.

Enabling WhatsApp backup from iCloud settings

Step 2

Uninstall the WhatsApp Messenger from your iPhone. Then install it again from the app store.

Reinstalling the WhatsApp Messenger

Step 3

Now set up WhatsApp using the same phone number associated with your iCloud backup.

Setting up WhatsApp using the same phone number

Step 4

You'll be prompted to restore your chat history from iCloud during the WhatsApp setup process. Follow the instructions on your phone to restore the backup.

Done with it? Now let's transfer this data to the Android device.

Part 5. Transferring WhatsApp Data from iPhone to Android using Wondershare MobileTrans

The first method we have to transfer WhatsApp data directly is using Wondershare MobileTrans.

Steps to Transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to Android with MobileTrans

Here are the steps to transfer WhatsApp data from iPhone to Android via MobileTrans.

Step 1

Install and launch Wondershare MobileTrans on your computer.

Wondershare MobileTrans opening interface

Step 2

Connect both your iPhone and Android device to the computer via original cables.

Step 3

Select the "WhatsApp Transfer" option in Wondershare MobileTrans.

Click on the WhatsApp Transfer option

Step 4

Ensure that your iPhone is recognized as the source device and your Android device as the destination device. There's also a "Flip" button to switch their positions if needed.

 Connect both the iPhone and the Android device

Step 5

Select the WhatsApp data you want to transfer from your iPhone to Android, such as chat history, attachments, etc.

Step 6

Now, hit "Start" to initiate the transfer process. Wondershare MobileTrans will begin transferring your WhatsApp data from the iPhone to the Android device.

Step 7

Wait for the transfer to complete, and do not disconnect the devices during the process.

Once the transfer is finished, you can safely disconnect both devices from the computer.

WhatsApp backup restored on Android

Tada!!! We are done with our WhatsApp backup restoration.

Now let’s see what other method we can choose to achieve this same feat.

Part 6. Transferring WhatsApp Data from iPhone to Android via Email

While Wondershare MobileTrans provides a seamless solution, an alternative method is worth considering. This involves manually transferring WhatsApp chat history via the "Email Chat" feature.

Steps to Restore WhatsApp Backup from iCloud to Android via Email

To restore WhatsApp backup from iCloud to Android, first, restore the backup on iPhone. Then transfer the chat history from iPhone to Android via email like this;

Step 1

Open WhatsApp on your iPhone and go to the chat you want to transfer.

Step 2

Swipe left on the chat and tap on "More." Select "Export Chat" from the options presented.

Exporting a WhatsApp chat

Step 3

Choose whether you want to include media files or not. Note that media files can make the backup larger in size.

Step 4

Select the email app or method you want to use to send the chat history.

Step 5

Compose an email. Enter your email address as the recipient, and send the chat history.

Sharing the WhatsApp chat via email

Step 6

Open the email on your Android device. Then download the attached chat file from the email.

Although it is a free method, it can be time-consuming as you have to export every single chat separately. Moreover, it may present chats in an unfriendly format on Android.

Given these limitations, here’s another free method you can use.

Part 7. Transferring WhatsApp Data from iPhone to Android With Smart Switch

In recent updates, Apple has added an in-built option to transfer data from iPhone to Android directly. This option takes the help of the Smart Switch app and can transfer WhatsApp data from iPhone to Android without any cost.

Steps to Transfer WhatsApp Data from iPhone to Android with Smart Switch

Follow these detailed steps to transfer your WhatsApp data without any cost.

Step 1

Connect your Android device and the iPhone together with a USB C2 lightning cable. Make sure WhatsApp is not already installed on your Android phone.

Connect Android & iPhone together with a USB C2 cable

Step 2

Now a prompt will appear on your Android phone. Select the “Smart Switch” as the app for USB devices. If you don’t have Smart Switch on your Android device, make sure to install it before hands from the PlayStore.

Choose Smart Switch as the app for the USB Device

Step 3

When the connection is established, Smart Switch will search for your data. After it’s done, select “Apps” and “Data from iPhone Apps.” Deselect every other option and click on the “Transfer” button.

Selecting the data to transfer

Step 4

Now all such apps which could be transferred will appear. Select only WhatsApp and deselect others. Now click on the “Install” button.

Selecting WhatsApp Messenger as the app to transfer

Step 5

A QR code will appear on your Android Phone. It’s time to move our attention to the iPhone now.

A QR code will appear on your Android screen

Step 6

On your iPhone, go to Settings > Chats > Move Chats to Android. Then click on the “Start” button.

Go to iPhone Settings > Chats > Move Chats to Android

Step 7

Your data transfer will now start automatically. After it’s completed, the WhatsApp app will appear on your Android screen.

Transferring data from iPhone to Android

Step 8

Now you need to set up the WhatsApp Messenger in a normal way without disconnecting the devices. After verifying your phone number, a prompt will appear asking you to import the chats. Click on the “Start” button.

Setting up the WhatsApp Messenger on Android Device

When the process completes, you will see that your previous WhatsApp chats are in your Android phone.


In this world, our WhatsApp conversations hold cherished memories. So restoring WhatsApp backup from iCloud to Android is of utmost importance whenever we switch between devices.

We have already discussed three methods to restore WhatsApp backup from iCloud to Android. Wondershare MobileTrans will do the job in a professional way. While the Smart Switch method achieves this without spending a single penny. Choose the method you like and transfer your WhatsApp conversations right now!!!

Axel Nash
Axel Nash Jun 07, 24
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