How to Restore WhatsApp Messages on iPhone

Have you lost some of your WhatsApp messages for mistaken operations or during updating your iOS or WhatsApp version? You may have backed up your WhatsApp messages regularly and want to find a way to restore the WhatsApp messages safely from the previous backup.

In this article, we are going to be looking at the different ways you can restore WhatsApp messages and show you a much better way to get your messages back on your iPhone. Those ways work even you are using the latest iOS such as iOS 13 or iOS 12 beta on your iPhone.

1 Restore WhatsApp Messages on iPhone without Uninstalling WhatsApp

iTransor for WhatsApp (iOS 13/iPhone 11 supported) is a professional WhatsApp backup restore and transfer tool that we developed to help you when you need to restore WhatsApp messages or transfer WhatsApp messages after switching to a new device. Below are the shining points of this WhatsApp backup, restore and transfer program:

  • Free WhatsApp Backup for iPhone/Android: back up only your Android or iPhone WhatsApp data for free onto computer and keep every backup individually.
  • Restore WhatsApp messages without Uninstalling: Restore the WhatsApp messages to an Android or iPhone device later without uninstalling the WhatsApp application.
  • Directly transfer WhatsApp between iPhones and Android: Transfer WhatsApp messages from Android to iPhone, iPhone to Android, iPhone to iPhone, Android to Android without installing any other tools.

Backup Whatsapp Messages First (FREE)

Before you start, please download and launch the program on your computer to back up WhatsApp messages of iPhone first.

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Step 1: Go to Back Up WhatsApp on Devices > Back Up and connect your device to computer to start the backup process.

backing up WhatsApp

Step 2: Once the process is finished, you can restore your device from the WhatsApp backup by following the steps below.

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Restore WhatsApp Messages on iPhone from iTransor for WhatsApp Backup

Step 1: Go to Restore WhatsApp to Devices and choose a backup which contains the WhatsApp data you need. iTransor for WhatsApp supports to restore WhatsApp from the backup created by this program.

choose a whatsapp backup

Step 2: On the next screen, connect your android or iOS device to computer. Now you can tap on Restore.

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Step 3: It will take a few minutes to restore the WhatsApp data to your Android device or iPhone.

successfully restore whatsApp data

2 Restore WhatsApp Messages on iPhone Using iCloud

You can use iCloud to backup and restore your WhatsApp data. This method requires you to uninstall your WhatsApp and use the same phone number by restoring.

Backup Your Whatsapp Messages via iCloud

Firstly, you need to back up the WhatsApp messages to iCloud so you can restore it back to your iPhone later.

Step 1: Open the WhatsApp app on your iPhone.

Step 2: Go to Settings > Chat Settings > Chat Backup.

Step 3 : Tap on the "back up now" option to back up your WhatsApp messages to iCloud.


  • Please make sure that you have signed in with the Apple ID that you use to access iCloud.
  • For iOS 8 or later, please make sure iCloud Drive under the iCloud settings on your iPhone is turned on.
  • For iOS 7, please go to Settings > iCloud > Documents & Data on your iPhone, then turn on Documents & Data.
  • Please make sure that you have enough free space on iCloud and iPhone.

Back up WhatsApp messages to iCloudsteps to backup whatsapp messages to icloudclick backup now

Restore Your Whatsapp Messages via iCloud

Step 1: Make sure that you have available WhatsApp backup. To verify it, go to WhatsApp > Settings > Chats > Chat Backup.

Step 2: Uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp from the App Store.

Step 3: Sign in to the app using the same phone number you used in backing up your data.

Step 4: After you have signed in, the app asks you to restore your chat history from iCloud. Simply hit on Restore Chat History to restore your WhatsApp messages back to iPhone.

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Troubleshooting Restoring WhatsApp Problems

Should you run into any problems when restoring the WhatsApp messages, here are a few things to consider.

  • Justify that you signed into iCloud in iPhone Settings then iCloud.
  • Confirm that you are trying to retrieve data from the same phone number and iCloud account that you used when creating your backup.
  • Prove that your iPhone has enough space to retrieve the backup. To check the available space get to iPhone Settings, hit on General then About.
  • Justify that your iCloud Drive is turned on through iPhone Settings then iCloud then iCloud Drive. When using iOS 7 or before, Documents and Data is in place of iCloud Drive.
  • If you used iCloud Drive to create your backup, you won't be able to retrieve the backup on any device not on iOS 8 or later.
  • If you have used your Apple ID to turn on iCloud Drive for any device, you will not retrieve data on your iPhone. You will only if it is on iOS or later.
  • Try restoring from a different network. Trying to restore in the geographical location from which you use most times works best with iCloud.
  • Luizy

    Useful tips. I have backed up my Whatsapp messages and they are safer now. thx.

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