How to Access WhatsApp Backup on iCloud/Google Drive

Need to get access to your WhatsApp backup files? No matter whether you backup WhatsApp data via iCloud or Google Drive, this guide will tell you how to access WhatsApp backup in every detail.

Demi by Demi Updated April 23, 2023
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How do I access my WhatsApp backup data?

Is it possible to access WhatsApp backup that I have previously taken from my iPhone on iCloud? Can someone tell me how to access my WhatsApp backup data?

- Question from Apple Community

It's a good habit to back up the data on your various electronic devices, like your phone. Now you will find that you can back up certain mobile apps like WhatsApp separately.

While it is easy to backup your WhatsApp to iCloud or Google Drive, you may find it hard to access WhatsApp backups.

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Have you ever wonder how to access WhatsApp backup on iCloud or Google Drive? Let this article guide you if the answer is YES.

Part 1. How to access WhatsApp backup on iCloud

You have known how to let iCloud backup WhatsApp on your iPhone, let’s go into the specifics about how to access WhatsApp backup on iCloud on iPhone and PC in more detail.

Is it possible to access WhatsApp backup on iCloud?
You may know that iCloud backup your iPhone files including WhatsApp data to cloud service and save your backup files in an encrypted SQLite database. Therefore, you cannot check exactly what WhatsApp data is backed up to iCloud, but only the size of the backup to make sure your WhatsApp is backed up successfully.

If you are wondering how to access WhatsApp backup on iPhone, you can check the size of the WhatsApp iCloud backup by going to iPhone Settings > Tap [your name] > iCloud > Choose Manage Storage > From here, you can locate WhatsApp Messengers and WhatsApp backup size.

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Accessing WhatsApp backups on a Desktop is quite similar. Even if you go to the official iCloud website and log in to your account, you will not find a WhatsApp backup area for security reasons. You may access your iCloud Drive if you want, but there's no way to retrieve only your WhatsApp conversations from there right now.

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How to access WhatsApp chat backup by restoring from iCloud
If you need to access the detailed WhatsApp backup files, you need to restore WhatsApp from iCloud to your iPhone/iPad. Follow the steps below to make it.

Step 1. On the WhatsApp app, go to Settings > Chat Settings > Chat Backup to make sure you have the latest iCloud WhatsApp backup.

Step 2. You are asked to uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp > Verify the phone number > Tap Restore Chat History > Follow the prompt instructions to restore WhatsApp from iCloud.

WhatsApp restore backup

Part 2. How to access WhatsApp backup on Google Drive

If you are using an Android phone, Google Drive must be the most common method in daily data backup for your WhatsApp app. Just make sure that WhatsApp is linked to an active Google account in advance. Now, follow the steps to learn how to access WhatsApp backup on Google Drive.

Please be noted that the method for accessing WhatsApp backup on Google Drive simply allows you to navigate the backup or delete it. Because WhatsApp data is secured by end-to-end encryption, you won't be able to read or extract it to any other program for the time being.

Step 1. Go to the web version of Google Drive on any system and log in to your account where the backup is saved.

Step 2. Click on the gear icon on the top-right corner of the screen > Click Settings.

Google Drive access WhatsApp backup

Step 3. Go to the Managing Apps section and navigate to the WhatsApp section > Click the Options next to WhastApp Messenger, and you can perform certain actions on it.

Google Drive choose WhatsApp

Bonus: Transfer WhatsApp to new iPhone without backup

Just in case, if you check iCloud WhatsApp backup because you don’t want to lose your WhatsApp chat history when switch to new iPhone, you can try the third-party WhatsApp data transfer tool - FoneTool to transfer WhatsApp to new iPhone without backup.

With FoneTool, you can transfer all WhatsApp files, including chat messages, photos, attachments,etc. without data lose or any effort. Besides, FoneTool transfers your WhatsApp to new iPhone offline, preventing your privacy from leaking to the greatest extent.

Free download FoneTool to your computer and follow the steps below to transfer WhatsApp to new iPhone without backup.

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Step 1. Launch FoneTool on your computer > Connect your two iPhones to computer with USB > Tap Trust on iPhone to let your computer access iPhones.

Step 2. On the main interface of FoneTool, click WhatsApp Manager from the left pane > Make sure your two devices are listed, and click Transfer Now to begin.

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Step 3. When a window prompts, tap Confirm > If asked, enter your passcode on source device > Click OK to continue the transfer.

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When the transfer task completes, your target iPhone will be restarted automatically. After that, select Don't Transfer Apps & Data to keep the existing data on new iPhone. And that's it.

FoneTool is also a powerful WhatsApp backup tool to enable you to backup WhatsApp from iPhone to PC locally. In this case, you are able to access the local WhatsApp backup with no effort.

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Hope you would have got the answer to the question of how to access WhatsApp backup on iCloud or Google Drive. Although you cannot be accessed directly for security reason, you can check the time of the last backup and the size of it. If this guide helps you, please share it with others.

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