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How To Restore WhatsApp from Local Backup

Axel Nash

Written By Axel Nash |

With different platforms and digital solutions, it has become effortless for people to communicate with their friends instantly. WhatsApp, in particular, is widely used as a primary source.

However, what happens if you change your phone or lose specific messages that are very important? Restoring WhatsApp from local backup is one way to go.

There are several usable methods available to restore WhatsApp backups from internal storage. This post discusses the detailed processes of all the convenient methods available. Let's dive in.

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Method 1: How to Restore WhatsApp Backup from Internal Storage

If you back up your WhatsApp to your internal phone storage on Android, then it only takes a few taps to restore your local back. Let's find out how.

How to do this?

Step 1: Download and install the File Manager app.

Step 2: Access the app and go to the SD card or Local Storage.

Step 3: In the next window, choose WhatsApp and click on Databases. Suppose the data is saved on the SD card. Then, you should copy the recently created backup file into the Database folder of your internal storage on the new device.

click on databases

Step 4: Install the WhatsApp application and complete the phone number verification steps.

Step 5: When the prompt comes to restore all media and chats from the local backup, click on the Restore button.

click on the restore button

Tip for GBWhatsApp users: If you also use GBWhatsApp, learn how to restore GBWhatsApp messages even without backup.

Method 2: How to Restore WhatsApp from Local Backup?

Whatsapp users get two ways to save their data, Google Drive Backup and Local Backup. By default, WhatsApp lets you restore backup from Google Drive. If you have both backups, this part is for you to restore files from the Local Backup.

How to do this?

Step 1: Reinstall the WhatsApp application on your phone and launch it. Then, click on the Agree & Continue button. And do not go any further.

agree and continue button

Step 2: Remove your Google account on your Android smartphone. You can add it later.

Step 3: Go to the Settings option and click on Apps. Tap on Manage Apps > WhatsApp > Enable all App permissions.

enable all app permissions

Step 4: Following this, you have to visit the File Manager app on your device. Go to WhatsApp > Databases, delete all files except the one you need to restore and rename it 'msgstore.db.crypt14'.

Note: it could be crypt14 or crypt15, depending on your WhatsApp version.

Step 5: Open WhatsApp again and verify your Phone Number and OTP. Press the Restore button.

Method 3: How to Restore WhatsApp Backup from Local Storage?

If you tried to restore your local backup but failed and do not have Google Drive Backup, you can try this method provided by a user from the xda forum, and I hope it will help.

How to do this?

Step 1: Click on the Settings menu and tap on Chats. Then, from the following drop-down menu, choose Chat Backup. Next, choose the Backup to Google Drive option with the Only when you tap the backup button.

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Step 2: Disable your WiFi connection and Mobile Data.

Step 3: Tap on the Back-Up button in WhatsApp. When the backup uploads into Google Drive, instantly switch your phone to Aeroplane mode.

Step 4: Press your device's Home button.

Step 5: Next, go to the File Explorer app on your phone and copy the database file, i.e., .crypt14. Then, follow the route of /storage/emulated/0/Android/media/com.whatsapp/Whatsapp/Database and paste it there. Following that, rename the file as "msgstore.db.crpypt14".

rename the file

Step 6: Turn on Mobile data and WiFi connection. The app will upload your local backup file to Google Drive.

Step 7: Uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp. Then, choose to restore from Google Drive backup, which is actually your local backup file.

Method 4: Restore WhatsApp Chats from Old Local Backup

Another way you can try out is recovering WhatsApp chats from the old local backup. It can be completed by transferring the files to the phone using a computer, SD card, or file explorer.

How to do this?

Step 1: Download and open File Manager.

Step 2: Go to the File Manager's Local Storage/SD card section and choose Whatsapp > Database.

Step 3: Find your backup file msgstore-YYYY-MM-DD.1.db.crypt12 and change its name to msgstore.db.crypt12. The previous backup may happen in the older protocol like crypt10 or crypt9. In either case, avoid changing the crypt extension number.

change the file name

Step 4: Uninstall the WhatsApp app and reinstall it.

Step 5: When the prompt comes up, click on Restore.

Bonus: Backup WhatsApp to a Computer for Free

After going through the top four methods to restore local backup WhatsApp, all you need is a bonus tip – MobileTrans, which lets you create WhatsApp backups to a computer for free. Let us know in detail about this software.

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Follow the steps below to backup WhatsApp to a computer using MobileTrans:

  1. Connect your phone to your computer with a cable and launch MobileTrans.
  2. Go to the Backup & Restore module and click on Backup under App Backup & Restore.

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  1. Choose to backup your WhatsApp data and click Start to begin.
  2. The backup process will complete in a few minutes.

Here is a video for you to learn how to backup with MobileTrans:

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is it possible to recover deleted WhatsApp conversations from a local backup?

Yes, it is possible to recover deleted WhatsApp conversations from a local backup. WhatsApp automatically creates backups of your chats and media, which are usually stored on your device's internal storage or an external SD card. To restore deleted conversations from a local backup, you can uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp, and during the setup process, you'll be prompted to restore from the local backup. Keep in mind that this process will replace your current WhatsApp data with the data from the backup, so any messages received after the backup was created will be lost.

2. Where can I find my WhatsApp backup in the internal storage?

You can find your WhatsApp backup in the local storage by accessing the File Manager. Navigate to Device Storage or SD Card > WhatsApp > Databases, where you will locate all the previously saved backup files.

3. Does restoring WhatsApp bring back deleted messages?

Yes, restoring WhatsApp from a backup can bring back deleted messages. When you restore WhatsApp from a backup, it replaces the current data with the data from the backup, including any messages that were deleted after the backup was created. This means that the messages that were present at the time of the backup will be restored, but any messages received after that point will be lost unless there's a more recent backup available.

Final Thoughts

All of the conventional methods we mentioned should work if you plan to restore WhatsApp from the local backup. However, some of the steps require more technical knowledge to complete successfully.

And MobileTrans makes it possible for you to back up WhatsApp to a computer for free.

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