How to Restore WhatsApp from iCloud Backup

Wondering how to restore WhatsApp messages from iCloud backup because you accidentally deleted WhatsApp chat history or buy a new iPhone? Here comes this guide, enabling you two ways to restore WhatsApp from iCloud.

Demi by Demi Updated September 12, 2023
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How do I restore WhatsApp from iCloud?

I’ve been trying to restore my WhatsApp chat history from iCloud but I don’t know where to start. Are there any instructions to tell me how to make it? Thanks in advance.

- Question from Apple Community

Anyone who uses Whatsapp on their iPhones on a regular basis will save a large amount of important data, varying from conversation history, photos, to videos. You may have enabled WhatsApp iCloud backup to keep all information safe.

You may not realize that you don't know how to restore WhatsApp from iCloud until you need to do.

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Luckily, in this guide, you are given two ways to restore WhatsApp chat history from iCloud in detail. So, without any further hesitation, let’s get started.

2 ways to restore WhatsApp from iCloud

iCloud provides two ways for backing up WhatsApp data. One is to enable WhatsApp’s in-app chat backup, another option is to perform full iCloud backup of your iPhone, which includes your WhatsApp data.

Therefore, depending on your need, you can follow either method introduced below to restore WhatsApp backup from iCloud.

Way 1. Directly restore WhatsApp chat history from iCloud

You can backup WhatsApp data to iCloud within the app via WhatsApp Settings > Chats > Chat Backup > Back Up Now. Now, before diving into the steps to restore WhatsApp backup, please check the prerequisites and requirements first.

Prerequisites and requirements before restoring
• The phone number used for WhatsApp and iCloud should be the same.

• A stable Wi-Fi network is needed during the restoring process.

iCloud Drive should be turned on.

Steps to restore WhatsApp chat history from iCloud
1. On the WhatsApp app, go to Settings > Chat Setting > Chat Backup to make sure there is an iCloud backup for your WhatsApp chat history.

2. You are asked to uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp on your iPhone.

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

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Way 2. How to restore WhatsApp backup from iCloud to new iPhone

The other way is to restore your whole iPhone from an iCloud backup, in which WhatsApp backup files are included. Follow the step below to know how to restore WhatsApp messages from iCloud to new iPhone.

Please be noted that this method is more suitable when you have got a new iPhone. If you want to restore WhatsApp backup to the iPhone you are using, you have to reset iPhone to factory settings first.

Steps to restore WhatsApp from iCloud to new iPhone
1. Setup your iPhone > From the Set Up your iPhone page, choose Restore from iCloud Backup.

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

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Quick fixes to WhatsApp not restoring from iCloud

If you find WhatsApp is not restoring from iCloud or could not locate WhatsApp backup on iCloud, the quick fixes below will be helpful.

1# Check iPhone storage
One of the most possible reasons why WhatsApp not restoring from iCloud is insufficient space on your iPhone or iCloud Drive. You should have least 2.05 times the amount of space in your iCloud account and on your iPhone as the size of your backup.

Check iCloud storage: Go to Settings on your iPhone > [your name] > iCloud > Manage Storage.

Check iPhone storage: Go to Settings on your iPhone > General > iPhone Storage Space.

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2# Check Internet connection
If the Internet connection is not stable, the data restore process may be interrupted or failed. You can go to the Safari app and open a web browser to check if the network works properly. You can try to turn on and off airplane mode to refresh your network on iPhone.

3# Force restart iPhone
You can also try to force restart iPhone to troubleshoot common software glitches that make you couldn’t restore WhatsApp chat history from iCloud.

Bonus tip: Backup and restore WhatsApp without network

iCloud is an effective way to backup and restore your WhatsApp data. But it relies on Wifi and the network to complete the backup. If your network is unable or slow, you may get WhatsApp backup stuck problem

In this condition, you can turn to another WhatsApp backup and restore software named FoneTool. With this tool, you can quickly backup WhatsApp messages, photos, videos, links, stickers, and other data to your computer and restore the backup easily.

Just hit the download button to install FoneTool, and we will guide you how to backup WhatsApp with this tool.

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Step 1. Run FoneTool, and choose WhatsApp Manager from the left of the interface. Choose WhatsApp Backup and click Get Started.

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Tip: If you want to transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to iPhone, you just choose Transfer WhatsApp.

Step 2. You can specify a backup location by choosing Backup Storage Path. And enable the Backup encyption. Then click Start Backup.

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Then just wait for the backup to finish. When you need the backup files, you can go to Backup History on FoneTool to check and restore your WhatsApp backup.


That’s all for two ways to restore WhatsApp from iCloud. You can choose to restore only WhatsApp chat history or everything from iCloud. If you cannot restore WhatsApp from iCloud, you can try the solutions in this guide or the iCloud alternative for iPhone - FoneTool. If this guide helps you, please share it with others.

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