How to Restore WhatsApp Chats on iPhone with/Without iCloud

You may never want to lose important WhatsApp messages on your iPhone. This post will walk your through the steps of how to restore WhatsApp chats with/without iCloud

Demi by Demi Updated September 12, 2023
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In some necessary cases, you may need to restore WhatsApp chats. Varying from accidentally deleting WhatsApp messages, photos or videos on your previous iPhone, to transferring iPhone to iPhone, including WhatsApp chat history.

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If you are unclear how to carry out the restore process, this guide is here to help. This guide will help you to easily restore WhatsApp messages with or without iCloud.

How to restore WhatsApp chats to iPhone from iCloud Backup

You are given two ways to restore WhatsApp messages to iPhone from iCloud backup. One is restoring only WhatsApp backup, the other is to restore full iCloud backup of your iPhone, in which your WhatsApp chats are included. Depending on your needs, and follow the instructions below to know how to restore WhatsApp chats from iCloud backup.

Way 1. Restore only WhatsApp backup to iPhone

Since the iOS version of WhatsApp is compatible with iCloud, you are able to enable in-app iCloud backup to keep your WhatsApp chat history safe. Make sure you meet the following requirements, and follow steps blow to complete the restore process.

Requirements for WhatsApp data restore
• Your WhatsApp and iCloud are signed in with the same phone number.

• You have turned on iCloud Drive from iPhone Settings > [your name] > iCloud.

• There should be a WhatsApp in-app iCloud backup file in WhatsApp Settings > Chat Setting > Chat Backup.

Steps to restore only WhatsApp backup to iPhone
Step 1. Uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp on your iPhone. If you’re restoring WhatsApp messages to new iPhone, just install and open the app.

Step 2. Verify your phone number > Tap Restore Chat History > Follow the onscreen instructions to restore WhatsApp backup.

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Way 2. Restore all iCloud backup to new iPhone

The other way is to restore all iCloud backup to new iPhone, which is more suitable when you get a new iPhone. If you want to restore WhatsApp chats to the present iPhone, you need to reset iPhone to factory settings first.

It is also suggested to manually enable iCloud backup before the data restore task to minimize data loss.

Step 1. Setup your iPhone > When you head to Set Up your iPhone page, choose 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 chats to iPhone without iCloud

Sometimes, WhatsApp backup not working on iPhone or your iCloud storage is not enough, so you want to backup and restore WhatsApp chats without iCloud. In this case, FoneTool is a great alternative way to perform it. 

FoneTool is a professional WhatsApp backup and restores software for iPhone. You can easily backup all your WhatsApp data to Windows 11, 10, 8, 7 computer, and restore it to your iPhone. 

More importantly, if you are transferring WhatsApp to new iPhone, it gives WhatsApp transfer features to migrate WhatsApp data from iPhone to iPhone without backup. 

Just connect your iPhone to computer, and follow the guide below to restore WhatsApp chats without iCloud.

Step 1. Download and install FoneTool on your PC.

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Step 2. Run FoneTool. Click WhatsApp Manager on the left pane. Move your cursor to WhatsApp Backup. Click Get Started.

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Step 3. You can click the Backup Storage Path to choose a location to save the backup files. Click Start Backup.

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Step 4. Wait for the backup to completed. Then you can go to Backup History. Connect the targeted iPhone to the computer, Click the Restore icon to restore WhatsApp Backup.

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That’s all for the two ways to restore WhatsApp chats to iPhone. You can restore part of or all iCloud backup to your iPhone to get WhatsApp messages back to your iPhone.

If your WhatsApp is not restoring from iCloud, you can download FoneTool to backup and restore WhatsApp in a simple way without data loss. Is this guide helpful? Please share it with others.

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