How to Restore WhatsApp from Google Drive to iPhone (iOS 12 Supported)

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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 you 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 iOS devices, no matter you use iOS 12/11.4/11.3 or other old versions.

Tip 1: Why Cannot 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 are no easy ways to restore WhatsApp messages from Google Drive to 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 uses a different encryption protocol to what Google Drive does.

To add this inability, there are no solutions 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.

Tip 2: Save Your WhatsApp Chats by Email to iPhone

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.

Tip 3: Only Back Up & Restore WhatsApp Data on iPhone

The program which we are going to use will show you how to manage your WhatsApp data. This program is a fantastic alternative to iTunes for iOS data management which allows you to export data from your iOS device or a backup file, selectively back up your iOS data, selectively restore your iOS data, and even restore data to your iOS device without overwriting your existing content. That is iMyFone iTransor (renamed from D-Port Pro) which is capable of managing your text messages, photos, videos, your reminders, contact information, notes and reminders, and even your  Safari browsing history. It works with almost all the iOS versions, including the newer iOS 12/11.4/11.3.

By following our short guide below, you can learn how to use this program to take a backup of your WhatsApp data so that you don't need to back up all data on your device. Start by downloading, installing, and launching iMyFone iTransor on your computer, as well as connecting your iPhone using one appropriate lighting cable.

Steps to Only Back Up WhatsApp Messages/Pictures/Videos/Audios from iPhone

Step 1. Open the program and hit the "Acquire Backup from Device & iCloud" option on the left menu followed by "Back Up Device".


Step 2. Make sure that your device is connected to computer successfully and trust this connection. Then choose "WhatsApp" data type and set the backup file path if you need.


Step 3. Lastly, click the "Back Up" button to proceed.


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After taking a backup of your WhatsApp messages, you're allowed to restore those messages from this backup on your new iPhone or exporting data from this backup.

Steps to Restore WhatsApp Backup to iPhone

Step 1. Launch iMyFone iTransor on your computer.

Step 2. From the left menu, click on "Restore Backup to Device" feature and select the WhatsApp backup you once made by iTransor. Click "Next" to proceed.


Step 3. After connecting your device to computer successfully, you should choose "Preview & Restore" or "Directly Restore".


Step 4. If you are not sure whether this backup contains what you need, you can choose to preview first. If you are confirmed that it is the one you want and choose to restore directly, you will not see the following interface.


Step 5. After pressing the restore button, there are two options for you - Merge and Replace. If you choose to merge this WhatsApp data to your device, your current WhatsApp data will not be overwritten and only new WhatsApp information will be addded to your account. If you choose the replace option, the whole WhatsApp backup will replace your current WhatsApp data.


Step 6. Once the restore process completes, you can view them on your device.


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You can always use iTunes which is generally kept in mind. If you use iTunes to transfer your iOS data then you risk your current data being overwritten and on top of that, you have to restore an entire backup instead of selectively restoring it. With iMyFone iTransor, you can take a backup containing only your WhatsApp messages and save yourself a lot of unnecessary time.

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 is that you can take a backup and when you restore that backup, you can preview the data before it is restored. Furthermore, you also get access to the features that we mentioned above and many more - it's definitely worth checking out iMyFone iTransor if you get the chance.