Recently, I bought an iPhone 13, and I need to transfer data from my Android to the iPhone. I have backed up all the WhatsApp data to Google drive, but I don’t know how to operate it. Can anyone answer me?

When we get a new phone, the first thing we need to do is transfer our phone data. The problem is that if you're an Android user moving to an iPhone, there isn't a program like iTunes that can cross-platform the transfer of app data. So, how can we transfer data from Android to iPhone without losing it?

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In this article, I'll give you tips on how to restore WhatsApp from Google Drive to iPhone and how to manage your WhatsApp data on the iPhone whether you use iOS 15 or older versions. Let's get started!

Can I Restore WhatsApp Messages from Google Drive to iPhone?

In short, YES you can restore WhatsApp messages from Google Drive to iPhone, but not directly.

The encryption protocols which are used by Google Drive aren't compatible with the iOS system. For the WhatsApp backup on Google Drive there is only a line telling you that when the backup was made, you wouldn't be able to see any of the WhatsApp data in it.

can i restore whatsapp backup from google drive to iphone

Transferring WhatsApp messages from Android to iPhone using Google Drive and transferring from Google Drive to iCloud directly is not an option either. If you are looking for a way to transfer WhatsApp messages from Android to iPhone and the WhatsApp messages are already backed up on Google Drive, keep reading.

Restore WhatsApp from Google Drive to iPhone

In this part, I will introduce how to restore WhatsApp from Google Drive to iPhone flexibly.

You can watch the video first to have a quick view of the methods below:

restore whatsapp data from google drive to iphone directly

There is three method you can choose from:

01 Restore WhatsApp from Google Drive to iPhone Directly

Although there is no official way to help us restore WhatsApp from Google Drive to iPhone directly, we can implement it with the help of third-party tools. Here, recommend iTransor for WhatsApp.

Parsed Google Drive WhatsApp backups can be recovered on both iOS and Android, instead of logging in to the same WhatsApp account on Android to restore.

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Let's see how can we restore WhatsApp from Google Drive to iPhone directly.

Step 1.Download and install iTransor for WhatsApp, then click "Restore/Export WhatsApp backup" > "import Google Drive Backup"

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Step 2.Log in to your Google Drive account and you can choose a backup, click "Export to Computer" or "Restore to Device".

choose whatsapp backup

Step 3.The programe will start. And you just need to wait for it complete.

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Step 4.You can see the WhatsApp backup from Google Drive, just select what you want to export.

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02 One click to transfer WhatsApp messages from Android to iPhone

The first option can help you restore WhatsApp from Google Drive directly. With this tool, we can also transfer WhatsApp data from Android to iPhone. You can reply, delete, and share the messages and media files as usual.

It is capable of transferring WhatsApp messages from one phone to another with a 100% success rate. And works with all the iOS versions, including the newest iOS 15.

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Transfer WhatsApp from Android to iPhone Directly

  • Export WhatsApp photos, videos, audios, and contacts in 1 click
  • Selectively transfer the data you need
  • No need for Wi-Fi or cellular data
  • All Chats & Attachments Are Covered
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Step 1.Open iTransor for WhatsApp and click on "Transfer WhatsApp between Devices". Connect the Android and the iPhone to the PC.



You need to turn on the developer option > USB debugging on the Android phone and change the USB settings to transfer files/photos (MTP/PTP). And "Trust the computer" on iPhone.

Step 2.Click "Transfer". In this progress, you will be asked to do a local backup of your Android phone and then log into the same WhatsApp account on your iPhone to grant access to the WhatsApp data.

choose transfer whatsapp between devices

Step 3. Once the process is complete, the iPhone will reboot. Open WhatsApp on the iPhone and all the data will be there.

transfer whatsapp from android to iphone finished

03 Export WhatsApp Messages from Android to iPhone with Email

The second option is free and provided by WhatsApp but is complicated. And there are limitations, for example, you can only export one chat at a time, and only the latest 40,000 messages of this chat can be exported (10,000 if you attach media files with messages).

export whatsapp to iphone via email

Moreover, with this method, you only can view them as a text document through a file reader on your phone, rather than in the WhatsApp app.

If you'd still prefer to transfer your WhatsApp chat histories by email, follow the steps.

Step 1.Unlock your iPhone and open the WhatsApp application.

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.Swipe down and tap on "Export Chat" You'll be given the option to attach your media.

Step 4.Select the "Mail" option, enter email and tap "Send".


As I said before, the export chat feature only allows you to export one chat at a time and it is unavailable for German users due to some policy.

iTransor for WhatsApp has an export chat funtion that allows you to export WhatsApp data selectively or all.

Below is a conclusion chart to compare the two options. Hope this will move you another step forward to help.

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Bonus Tips: Restore WhatsApp Backup from Google Drive to an Android Device

Google Drive only shows the backup file and the time it backup. To make the WhatsApp backup on Google Drive available for moving and reading, we need to use an Android device to restore the Google Drive WhatsApp backup.

Follow these steps to do:

  1. Install WhatsApp on one Android device. If the app is already on the device, delete and reinstall it.
  2. Go through the setup process and verify your phone number. Make sure that it is the same number you used to create the Google Drive WhatsApp backup.
  3. WhatsApp will detect the Google Drive backup as soon as the verification is complete. Click "Restore" and wait for the backup to be restored to the Android device.

restore whatsapp backup from google drive to android

Final Words

As mentioned above, we can use different methods to restore WhatsApp data from Google Drive to iPhone. Among them, the easiest and most recommended wat is to use iTransor for WhatsApp to operate, it does not use other tools, the process is safe and effective! Try it now.

Feel free to share your ideas or suggestions in the comments box below.