How to Restore WhatsApp Chats After Skipping Restore

Accidentally skipping the data restore screen in the WhatsApp app? Then you may wonder how to restore WhatsApp chats after skipping restore. Follow detailed instructions in this guide to make it.

Demi by Demi Updated March 5, 2024
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Can I restore WhatsApp chat that I have skipped to restore?

I have reinstalled the WhatsApp. I couldn’t restore the iCloud backup because I skip now. I want to back my old chat history but I can’t restore now. Can you help me how to restore?

- Question from Apple Community

You may have known that WhatsApp allows you to restore WhatsApp chats by reinstalling and setting up WhatsApp. However, do you know what happens if you miss the restore process?

If you skip the restoration page when installing a new version of WhatsApp on your phone, the app will not restore any past chat history or media from a backup. Instead, it will begin with a blank chat list, and you will be unable to view any previously backed-up messages or material.

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It will be pretty frustrating if it happens to you. Luckily, here in this guide, you will know every detail steps of how to restore WhatsApp chats after skipping restore. Let’s get started.

Can you restore WhatsApp chat that you have skipped to restore?

Yes, you can. You don’t need to worry about it too much because old WhatsApp chats that you have skipped to restore can be restored. Skipping the restore process won’t delete WhatsApp chat from your local or cloud storage. You can access to these files and have them restored.

How to restore WhatsApp chats after skipping restore

This part will guide you how Android and iPhone users may restore previous WhatsApp chats that they have forgotten about.

• For iPhone user: If you have backed up to iCloud before, reinstall WhatsApp and restore WhatsApp from iCloud during the setup process.
• For Android user: Depending on whether you have backed up WhatsApp on Android, reinstall WhatsApp and restore the Google Drive or local backup. 

Now, let’s get started.

How to restore WhatsApp backup if skipped [iPhone]

Before you can restore old WhatsApp chats that you skipped to restore on your iPhone, there are several precautions that need to be met.

• Check that you are logged in with the Apple ID that you use to access your iCloud.
• Check that the phone number of the account you're restoring matches the phone number of the account you backed up.
• Make sure your iCloud Drive is switched on.
• Check that your iCloud and iPhone have more than double the amount of free space as the size of your backup.

Steps to restore WhatsApp backup after skipping from iCloud backup
You are asked to uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp on your iPhone > Verify your phone number > Tap Restore Chat History > Follow the prompt instructions to restore WhatsApp from iCloud.

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How to restore WhatsApp backup after skipping [Android]

To restore WhatsApp backup after skipping, you can choose to restore Google Drive backup to Android. If you didn’t backup your file, your Android phone will save the last seven days’ worth of local backup files.

How to restore Google Drive WhatsApp backup to Android
Step 1. On your Android phone, uninstall and reinstall the WhatsApp app > Open WhatsApp and follow the on-screen instruction and verify your phone number.

Step 2. When a page prompts, tap RESTORE to restore your chats and media from Google Drive.

Step 3. After the restoration process is complete, tap NEXT. Wait for the initialization process to finish, and your WhatsApp backup will be restored to Android phone.

Android restore WhatsApp backup

Please be noted that the media files in WhatsApp backup will continue to be restored to your Android phone.

How to restore local WhatsApp backup to Android
Step 1. On your Android phone, go to the file manager app > Navigate to the backup file on your phone.

Local storage: Local Storage → WhatsApp → Database

SD card: SD card → WhatsApp → Database

Step 2. Uninstall and reinstall the WhatsApp app > Verify your contact and account details > Select RESTORE to get back the chats and media from local backup.

How to recover WhatsApp chats without backup

If you don’t have a recent backup for WhatsApp, it is suggested to recover WhatsApp chats by using a data recovery tool. Here we recommend AOMEI Data Recovery for iOS. With no effort, it helps you preview and recover all wanted WhatsApp chats and files without overwriting the current data on your phone.

Follow the steps below to know how to restore WhatsApp chats after skipping restore without backup.

Step 1. Download and launch AOMEI Data Recovery for iOS > Connect your phone to computer via the USB cable.

Connect iOS Device

Step 2. Click the Scan Now button to scan the WhatsApp chats.

Click Scan Now

Step 3. When the scanning is complete, go to preview and choose the documents you need > Finally, click Recover.

Select Contacts and Click Recover

How to transfer WhatsApp chats to new iPhone without backup

If you are restoring WhatsApp messages on new iPhone but skipping the restore process, don’t worry, and you can let FoneTool transfer all WhatsApp chats to new iPhone without backup.

FoneTool can provide you with a quick transfer service to transfer all WhatsApp data, including chat history, media files, attachments, etc. to new iPhone with one click. Follow the steps below to make it.

Tip: If you want to backup WhatsApp data in an easier way, FoneTool is the best choice, which offers professional WhatsApp backup and restore features.

Step 1. Free download and launch FoneTool on your computer > Connect your two iPhones to computer with USB > Tap Trust on iPhone to let your computer access iPhones.

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Step 2. Choose WhatsApp Manager from the left pane > Select Transfer WhatsApp > Get Started > Make sure your two devices are listed, and click Start Transfer 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.

If you need to switch all data to new iPhone without backup, you can also rely on FoneTool with its iPhone to iPhone transfer function to get eveything cloned to your new iPhone.


That’s all for how to restore WhatsApp chats after skipping restore. You can restore the previous WhatsApp backup by uninstalling or reinstalling WhatsApp on your iPhone or Android phone.

To make things simpler, you can also choose to recover WhatsApp chats or transfer WhatsApp chats to new iPhone without backup with the help of third-party tools. For more queries or suggestions, please feel free to contact us.

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