[Full Guide] How to Backup & Restore WhatsApp Backup to iPhone

If you are looking for a detailed instructions to restore WhatsApp backup, you may need this guide to know how to backup and restore WhatsApp in iCloud, iTunes, or third-party backup tool.

Demi by Demi Updated October 7, 2023
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WhatsApp has truly become a business and personal need, capturing your communications with clients and partners, as well as your conversations with family and friends. Losing such priceless memories comes at a high emotional and financial cost. Therefore, it is necessary to know how to backup and restore WhatsApp backup.

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Here in this guide, you will be given instructions about how you can backup and restore your WhatsApp chats on your iPhone. Without further ado, let’s get started.

How to restore WhatsApp backup in iCloud

When it comes to iPhone backup, iCloud must be one of the mostly used tools. As for backup and restore WhatsApp via iCloud, you will be given two ways, one is to enable WhatsApp’s in-app function, the other option is to perform full iCloud backup and restore for your iPhone.

As a result, depending on your demands, you can use either of the procedure listed below to restore WhatsApp backup in iCloud.

Way 1. Restore only WhatsApp backup to iPhone

You can backup WhatsApp data to iCloud within the app via WhatsApp Settings > Chats > Chat Backup > Tap Back Up Now. You may also enable Auto Backup in WhatsApp.

Then, you can connect your iPhone to a stable Wi-Fi network and toggle on iCloud Drive, and restore only WhatsApp backup in iCloud to iPhone.

Steps to restore WhatsApp backup from iCloud to iPhone
Step 1. You are asked to uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp on your iPhone.

Step 2. Verify your phone number > Tap Restore Chat History > Follow the prompt instructions to restore WhatsApp from iCloud.

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Way 2. Restore all iCloud backup to new iPhone

The other option is to restore your entire iPhone from an iCloud backup that includes WhatsApp backup files.

Please keep in mind that this method is more appropriate if you have a new iPhone. If you want to restore WhatsApp from backup files to your previous iPhone, you need to first restore iPhone to factory settings.

Steps to restore all iCloud backup to new iPhone
Step 1. Turn on and setup your iPhone > From the Set Up your iPhone page, tap Restore from iCloud Backup.

Step 2. Enter your Apple ID and password > Choose the latest iCloud backup to restore.

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How to restore WhatsApp backup in iTunes

Besides iCloud, you are also given iTunes to full backup iPhone to PC. If you have no enough iCloud space available or worry that iCloud backup is not comprehensive enough, you can utilize iTunes to backup and restore everything on your iPhone, in which WhatsApp chat history is included.

After backing up WhatsApp using iTunes, follow the steps below to restore WhatsApp backup to iPhone.

Step 1. Turn on and setup your iPhone, until you see Apps & Data screen > Choose Restore from Mac or PC.

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Step 2. Connect your iPhone to the computer that you used to backup your iPhone > Open iTunes > Select your iPhone > Select Restore Backup.

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Step 3. Pick the latest version of backup > Enter the password if asked > Click Restore and wait for the restore time to finish.

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How to backup and restore WhatsApp backup by FoneTool

Chances are that you are not satisfied with neither iCloud nor iTunes backup and restore service. Then, it is highly recommended professional WhatsApp data backup software - FoneTool.

Easy and fast backup task. With simple a few clicks, you can finish the backup task in FoneTool in a short time.
No data loss. FoneTool keeps WhatsApp backup separate, avoiding data loss to the great extent when restoring WhatsApp from backup files.
Preview and restore WhatsApp backup. You can be free to check and browse WhatsApp backup whenever you need to.
Without account limitation. Different from iCloud, Your Apple ID and WhatsApp account can be different.

How to backup WhatsApp using FoneTool
Step 1. Download and Launch FoneTool > Connect your iPhone to PC via USB > When prompt, you need to tap Trust on your iPhone to let computer scan your iPhone.

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Step 2. On the main interface of FoneTool, click WhatsApp Manager from the left pane > Mouse over to Backup WhatsApp and click Get Started to continue.

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Step 3. Enable backup encryption and select a storage path as per your need > Click Start Backup, and wait for FoneTool to finish the backup process. 

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How to restore WhatsApp backup to iPhone from FoneTool
Plug your iPhone into computer > Open FoneTool and click Backup History > Select a backup from the list and press the Restore button.

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That’s all for three ways for how to restore WhatsApp backup in iCloud, iTunes, or third-party backup software - FoneTool. If you ever find yourself in need of a backup or restore, simply use any of the methods that suit you.

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