"How do I restore my WhatsApp messages without uninstalling it" is one of the most asked questions. The official way of restoring your WhatsApp backup provided by WhatsApp is by uninstalling and then installing WhatsApp. However, for some people, this process is annoying and tedious. They want an easier way to restore messages from local backup without uninstalling it. If you are one of them, then this is the right article for you. We explore different ways to restore the backup from local storage on Android and iPhone without uninstalling WhatsApp.

Way 1: Restore WhatsApp Backup without Uninstalling with iTransor for WhatsApp (For iPhone & Android)

The easiest method to restore WhatsApp backup on iPhone or Android without uninstalling is to use a third-party program. One of the ideal WhatsApp backup apps is iTransor for WhatsApp by iMyfone. iTransor for WhatsApp allows you to backup chats on your WhatsApp and WhatsApp for business and restore them within a click. Moreover, iTransor for WhatsApp is built with other attractive features that you need to know.

  • You can restore Android WhatsApp backup to iPhone, or iOS WhatsApp backup to Android devices.

  • Your backups created by iTransor for WhatsApp will not be overwritten, so you can restore an old backup to your phone.

  • You can selectively restore WhatsApp backup.

How to Restore WhatsApp backup with iTransor for WhatsApp

Now, let us check how to restore WhatsApp backup on the phone without uninstalling WhatsApp using iTransor for WhatsApp. Remember, you cannot restore what you have not done as a backup. Therefore, we will include the step on how to back up and then restore WhatsApp chats.

First, you need to install iTransor for WhatsApp on your Mac or PC and launch it.

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Step 1 Connect your phone to the computer. Once the iTransor for WhatsApp detects your phone, click on "Back up". The program will begin to back up your WhatsApp chats immediately. When the backup process is complete, you will see the notification on the screen.

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Step 2 Now, if you had done WhatsApp backup, it is time to restore your WhatsApp backup without uninstalling it. On the program menu, click on "Restore/ Export WhatsApp Backup" and then choose a WhatsApp backup list from what appears on the screen.

Restore or Export WhatsApp Backup

Step 3 Next, click "Restore to Device" and the program will begin to restoring WhatsApp files and you will see the progress on the screen. You should have WhatsApp installed for the back up process to be complete.

Step 4 Be patient as the program restores your WhatsApp backup. The time it takes to restore WhatsApp depends on the size of your WhatsApp backup file.  When the restoration process is complete, click on the "Done" button and disconnect your phone from the computer. When you open WhatsApp, you should see all your contacts, chats, videos and images.

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Way 2: Restore WhatsApp Backup without Uninstalling via iTunes (For iPhone)

If you are using iPhone, you can restore WhatsApp backup without uninstalling using iTunes.  This method works for people who have phone backup on iTunes previously.  So, if you are using iTunes to do phone backups, read through the step below to see how to restore WhatsApp backup without uninstalling it.

How to Restore WhatsApp Backup without Uninstalling via iTunes

Step 1. Open iTunes on your computer and then connect your iPhone to the computer using a cable.

Step 2.  Ensure that you unlock the screen of your iPhone so that iTunes can detect. As a security measure, you might be prompted to trust the device, do so and proceed to the next step.

Step 3. Now, on iTunes, head to the "Summary" panel and move to the "Backups" section.

Step 4. After that, click on "Restore backup…" and select the backup that you want.

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Step 5. Finally, click on the "Restore" button and iTunes will begin to restore WhatsApp backup to your iPhone. When the restore is done, your WhatsApp data will be back on your iPhone.

Way 3: Restore WhatsApp Local Backup without Uninstalling (For Android)

For Android users, you can also restore WhatsApp local backup without uninstalling WhatsApp. You may be wondering how. First, ensure you are using an Android phone with WhatsApp installed. Next, you need to have a File Manager. You can use a preinstalled File Manager on your Android phone. However, if you don’t like the preinstalled File Manager, you can get other preferred File Managers on the Google Play store. After that, you can now follow these steps to restore WhatsApp local backup without uninstalling it on Android.

Check Local Your WhatsApp Backup

Step 1. First, you need to check your local backup on your Android phone. So, open your preferred File Manager app and open the Internal Storage.

Step 2. Under the Internal storage, tap on the "WhatsApp" folder. You will find three Folders: Backups, Databases and Media. Now, click on "Databases".

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Step 3. You can check the date of the backup by clicking on it and tapping properties or details depending on the version of the Android phone.

Clear WhatsApp storage Data

Step 1. Once you have confirmed it is the recent WhatsApp backup file, you can now restore your WhatsApp backup.  Open your Phone Settings app, tap on "Apps & Notifications", and then tap on the "App Info" option.

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Step 2. Next, tap on "Storage" and click on "Clear Data". A pop will appear informing you that all your app data will be deleted. Accept by clicking on "OK".

Finally, Restore WhatsApp Local Backup Without Uninstalling

Step 1. After clearing WhatsApp data, locate the WhatsApp app on your phone and you will notice that it will behave as if you have just installed it.

Step 2. Set up your WhatsApp by entering your phone number and verifying the code. Also, provide a username and WhatsApp profile image.

Step 3. Next, you need to restore your WhatsApp backup. Tap on the "Restore" button. If you tap on "Skip", you will prompt the app to ignore the restoration process. Therefore, be keen!

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Step 4. Once the restore process is complete, you will be prompted to move to the next step. Tap on "Next", and you will have restored your entire WhatsApp backup without uninstalling the App. You can now chat and receive texts, images, videos, documents, and audio from your contacts.


From this article, it is clear that you don’t have to uninstall your WhatsApp to restore WhatsApp backup on your Android or iPhone. You can use iTunes or use third-party tools like iTransor for WhatsApp.  Using iTransor for WhatsApp is much easier compared to using iTunes and the File Manager option. It is secure, and it offers extra features. You can back up unlimited chats, restore backup, export chats and transfer WhatsApp data between devices. Simply your life and improve your efficiency by installing iTransor for WhatsApp now.

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