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How to Restore WhatsApp Backup to iPhone

Navkiran Dhaliwal

Written By Navkiran Dhaliwal |

WhatsApp has become one of the most reliable platforms for everyday communication. The corporate sector and business communities are also engaging in meetings and file sharing using the platform with the new features. That being said, you can only have one WhatsApp account on your phone. And when you decide to change your device, you have to shift the entire content from the old one to the new one. You might end up missing a few files, accidentally deleting a few or worse, end up losing everything! To restore WhatsApp from iPhone backup is not that difficult. However, you can’t move WhatsApp contents directly from one device to another or vice versa without the help of the third party applications.

Here’s a complete guide that will teach you how to restore backup WhatsApp messages on iPhone by using tried and tested methods.

Part 1: Official Way to Restore WhatsApp Backup to iPhone

WhatsApp LLC understands that the users would one day want to shift their entire base from one phone to another. There can be many reasons behind this decision. Here we are going to explain the official WhatsApp backup methods for two different situations. Then users will know how to restore WhatsApp backup on iPhone and also Android.

Situation1: iPhone WhatsApp backup to iPhone 

This is very useful when you are planning to change your iPhone model. You bought a new phone and you want to migrate the contents from the old one. If you decide to restore WhatsApp from iPhone backup on the old phone, then you can either go with iCloud backup or iTunes backup. Both methods are clearly mentioned below. 

Restore from iCloud backup 

If you’ve backed up your data to iCloud during the time you were using WhatsApp on your old phone, here’s how you restore your important data. 

Step 1: Open your WhatsApp and go to the ‘Settings’ option.

whatsapp settings

Step 2: To ensure that there is a backup, go to the chats section and then choose ‘Chats backup’.

chat backup

Step 3: In the new phone, install WhatsApp and delete it from the old iPhone.

install whatsapp

Step 4: Verify your iCloud account by using your Apple credentials.

apple credentials

Step 5: You will see a prompt to restore old chat history. Click on this ‘Restore Chat History’ and the messages and content that you’ve backed up to iCloud.

restore chat history

Now, we will see how we can restore WhatsApp backup if you’ve conducted the backup with iTunes.

Restore from iTunes backup

If you have backed up your data to iTunes, this is how you can check if you have data there and how to restore it. You need to use a computer for this method.

Step 1: Connect your old device with the WhatsApp account to the computer. Go with ‘Device Name’ > ‘Summary’ > ‘This Computer’ > ‘Back up Now’. This will create a backup for your data.

backup using itunes

Step 2: When you want to restore, go to ‘Device name’ and ‘Summary’ like before and choose ‘Restore Backup’. This will initiate a restoration of WhatsApp content. 

restoration whatsapp

Looking at the other side, here’s how you can transfer your WhatsApp content from Android to iPhone.

Situation2: Android WhatsApp backup to iPhone

If you bought a new iPhone and used to rely on Android services before, then this section will give you all the information about the restore backup WhatsApp iPhone process. First things first, there is no way you can make a direct transfer from Google Drive to iPhone. However, you can see some reliable tools that are official and completely legal. Your data will be secure and the process will be smooth.

There are a few methods that we can look at. Depending upon your comfort level, you can choose any one of them to restore WhatsApp from iPhone backup when an Android device is involved.

Method 1 - Mutsapper

Mutsapper (Used name: Wutsapper) is an application that will allow easy transfer from an Android device to iPhone. You don’t need a computer to act as a mediator to initiate the transfer. 

Step 1: Download Mutsapper from Google Play Store and install it on an Android device. Then open the application.

wutsapper launch

Step 2: Mutsapper will aid you with the backup in case you haven’t initiated it yet. Take a lightning cable and be ready.

lightning cable

Step 3: Using the lightning cable or OTG cable, connect both the phones and choose the ‘Trust’ option on both the phones. Enter WhatsApp number on both devices.

enter phone number

Step 4: Mutsapper will start parsing your backup data.

backing up data

Step 5: After parsing is completed, click on ‘Start’ to restore.

transfer of data

Step 6: You will receive a transfer complete message on the page.

transfer complete

This is a very easy process if you don’t want to store your data on a PC and again transfer it to a new iPhone.

Method 2 - Via Email Conversations

This is not as reliable as the first method that we’ve discussed. Email has a limited storage space and you cannot send the entire content in one go. Also, the limited storage space can cause data loss if you don't check and delete the backup from the old phone. Here’s how you can use your email to shift WhatsApp content from an old phone to a new one. 

Step 1: Open the chat that you want to access and click on the three dots on top of the page. You will find ‘Email conversation’ there. Click on that.

 email conversation

Step 2: You can either choose to include or exclude media files in the chat. However, if you decide to include media, know that only 20 MB is going to attach properly.

mail attachments

Step 3: The ‘Compose’ page of the email opens. You can enter the delivery email or send it to your own email again.

compose email

You can download these files on your new iPhone. However, these chats will be available as txt or pdf format. They won’t appear on WhatsApp like you had them previously.

Part 2: MobileTrans, an All-in-One solution to Restore WhatsApp Backup to iPhone

Wondering how to restore deleted WhatsApp messages without backup iPhone? Or how to not involve a computer to restore the data? Or you want to make a direct shift of contents from Android to iPhone. If you have your storage on iTunes or iCloud, how do you restore it? 

All these WhatsApp problems have a single solution: MobileTrans. The application allows you to effectively transfer, backup and restore WhatsApp data. The only drawback is that it doesn’t come for free. 

Let’s briefly take a look at the stepwise guide on how we can transfer and restore the messages on WhatsApp using MobileTrans - WhatsApp Transfer.

Situation 1 - Transfer without a Backup 

Step 1: Take your Android and iPhone devices and connect them to the PC. Launch the MobileTrans application program. Choose the ‘WhatsApp Transfer’ tool from the toolkit.

whatsapp transfer

Step 2: You are under the ‘WhatsApp’ module now and click ‘Transfer WhatsApp messages’.

whatsapp message transfer

Step 3: Further, select the data you want to transfer and initiate the process of transferring data between devices.

Step 4: The application will detect the data and restore, it might take some time for the whole process to complete.

transfer messages whatsapp android to ios

Besides transferring WhatsApp between phones, you can also restore WhatsApp from an iTunes backup.

Situation 2: Transfer from iTunes backup

Make sure that you have your iTunes activated on the iPhone device.

Step 1: Open MobileTrans application program on your PC. Choose the ‘Backup&Restore’.

backup&restore home

Step 2: Connect your new phone to the computer via a USB cable. Go to iTunes Restore.

restore from mobiletrans to android

Step 3: Select from the iTunes backup, and choose the WhatsApp data you would restore.

Step 4: Click ‘Start’ to launch the restoring process and wait a while for completion.

Situation 3: MobileTrans Backup

If you have already conducted WhatsApp transfer or backup with MobileTrans before. There will be a pre-existing backup file in your PC with all the WhatsApp chats and media that you’ve already saved. You can connect your device to the PC, and use MobileTrans - Backup & Restore to restore WhatsApp again. 

Now that we are aware of the various restoration methods, it is wise that we take necessary precautions to keep the WhatsApp data safe and intact. So in the below section, we will recommend some tips for you to backup your iPhone WhatsApp. 

Part 3: Tips on How to Backup Your iPhone WhatsApp

There are certain tricks that will help you save your WhatsApp data for a future restoration or transfer. Here’s what you can do.

  1. Always maintain an iCloud backup. This is an official method so you don’t have to worry about data discrepancies.
  2. If not iCloud, you can also store your data with a frequent backup to iTunes on iPhone.
  3. On Android devices, always backup your data to Google Drive and keep your backup frequency to ‘Daily’.
  4. Transfer your WhatsApp data to your email once in a while. Seeing how it is a limited source, refrain from sending media files and send all the text files.
  5. Use tools like MobileTrans - Backup to backup your data to the PC for quick access.


This is the end of a detailed article that teaches you everything about the WhatsApp content shift from one phone to another. You can restore WhatsApp from iPhone backup using any of the official methods mentioned above. And remember to backup your important data timely. However, if you want a sure-shot solution and don’t like to invest much time into these transfer/restoration processes, MobileTrans - WhatsApp Transfer will be the perfect choice for you. The minimal one-time investment that you make will come in handy in several situations. Think wisely and choose what suits you best!

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