How to Restore WhatsApp from Google Drive to iPhone (iOS 13 Supported)

One of the first things that we do when we get a new phone is to transfer our phone's files, such as our WhatsApp data. The only problem is that if you're an Android user and you're moving over to an iPhone. There isn't a program designed by the likes of iTunes which can be used for cross-platform data transferring.

That being said, this is something that many WhatsApp users want to do, especially when you back up your WhatsApp data through Google Drive on your old Android and prefer to change a new iPhone.

In this article, we're going to give you some tips on how to restore WhatsApp from Google Drive to iPhone and how to manage your WhatsApp data on iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max/XS Max/XR/XS/X/8/7/6, no matter you use iOS 13.3/13/12/11.4/11.3 or other old versions.

Q: Why Can't Restore WhatsApp from Google Drive to iPhone Directly

Without overcomplicating things, the encryption protocols which are used by Google Drive aren't compatible with the iOS system which means that there is no direct way to restore WhatsApp messages from Google Drive to the iPhone directly. If you aren't already aware, encryption is used as a way of protecting your data and making sure that it is transferred to Google Drive without any harmful hackers intercepting it - however, iPhone applies a different encryption protocol to what Google Drive does.

To add this inability, there is no solution for transferring your WhatsApp messages from your Google Drive account over to your iCloud storage - thus, learning how to back up and restore WhatsApp on iPhone is essential for managing your WhatsApp messages and attachments, making them incompatible.

Luckily, there are other alternatives for you to transfer WhatsApp from your Android to iPhone instead of restoring Google Drive backup.

via Email via iMyFone iTransor for WhatsApp
Success Rate 70% 100%
Difficulty Complex Easy
Required Time Long Short

Option 1. Save WhatsApp Chats by Email to iPhone (Common Way)

If you'd prefer to transfer your WhatsApp chat histories by emailing them to your new iPhone, you can do this too. But what you need to know is that you can only view them in your email account and they will not truly be restored on your iPhone.

Step 1. Unlock your iPhone and tap on the WhatsApp application to open it.

Step 2. Tap on the chat that you want to transfer and then on the group chat name or the contact's name at the top of the display.

Step 3. From here, swipe down and tap on "Export Chat". You'll be given the option to attach your media or not – this is all up to you.

Step 4. Select the "Mail" option, enter your email address into the email box, and tap "Send".


While this will do the job, it isn't actually transferring the WhatsApp messages. Instead, you're able to view them in a text document rather than on the WhatsApp user interface.

Option 2. 1 Click to Restore WhatsApp from Google Drive to iPhone (Better Way)

The common way we mentioned above is not that convenient. A more creative way is to restore WhatsApp from Google Drive to Android first, and then transfer WhatsApp from the Android to iPhone with iTransor for WhatsApp.

iTransor for WhatsApp offers the free backup feature for your iOS/Android WhatsApp messages (including the text messages, images, audios, documents, etc.) and even restore the WhatsApp backup to your iPhone/Android without uninstalling the WhatsApp application. It is also capable of transferring WhatsApp messages from one phone to another with a 100% success rate. It works with almost all the iOS versions, including the newer iOS 13.3/13/12/11.4/11.3.

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To restore WhatsApp from Google Drive to Android, follow these simple steps:

#Step 1. Restore WhatsApp Backup You Need from Google Drive to One Android Device

1: Install WhatsApp on one Android device. If the app is already o your device, delete it and then reinstall it.

2: Go through the set-up process and verify your phone number. Make sure that it is the same number you used to create the backup.

3: WhatsApp will detect the Google Drive backup as soon as verification is complete. Click “Restore” and wait for the backup to be restored to your Android device.

restore whatsapp backup from google drive to android

#Step 2. Transfer WhatsApp from Android to iPhone

To transfer the WhatsApp from Android to iPhone, we're going to use iMyFone iTransor for WhatsApp.

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1: To do that, simply open iTransor for WhatsApp and click on “Transfer WhatsApp between Devices” and then connect the Android as well as the iPhone to the PC.


2: Now click on “Transfer” and keep the devices connected during the transferring process.

choose transfer whatsapp between devices

3: Once the process is complete, open WhatsApp on your iPhone and all the data will be there.

transfer whatsapp from android to iphone finished


Note: If the WhatsApp data you need has already been on your Android device, you can directly use iTransor for WhatsApp to transfer from Android to iPhone.

Tip. Restore WhatsApp from Android to iPhone via iTransor Backup

If you do not have any backups especially Google Drive backups, you can depend all on iTransor for WhatsApp instead of Google Drive. Just follow the steps below.

Step 1: Launch iTransor for WhatsApp and go to the "Back Up WhatsApp on Device" section. Connect your Android device to the software and click "Back Up" after your device is detected.

connect your device

Step 2: When the backup process finishes, you will see the following screenshot. Press the "restore" within the tip.

successful WhatsApp backup

Step 3: Now, you will be led to the "Restore WhatsApp to Devices" and your Android WhatsApp backup made by iTransor for WhatsApp will also be listed.

choose a WhatsApp backup to restore

Step 4: Connect your iPhone to the program. When your iPhone has been detected, hit the "Restore" button. It will take some time to complete the whole process.

WhatsApp restore successful


Not knowing how to restore WhatsApp backup from Google Drive to iPhone can be understandingly frustrating and while there are no mainstream methods for doing this available (offered by either Android or iOS), you can use the last method to manage all of your iOS data- especially your WhatsApp data.

One of the biggest benefits of using iTransor for WhatsApp that you can take a backup and restore that backup. Furthermore, you also get access to the features that we mentioned above and many more - it's definitely worth checking out iMyFone iTransor for WhatsApp if you get the chance.

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