How to Recover WhatsApp Messages from Old Phone 2024

This guide will show you how to recover WhatsApp messages from old phone, including the methods to recover old messages without backup.

Clara by Clara Updated May 10, 2024
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Question: Can I recover WhatsApp messages from old phone?

You have changed to a new phone and then you find that you need some old WhatsApp messages, in this case, can you recover WhatsApp messages from old phone? Fortunately, the answer is YES. Whether you have a backup or not, there’s a chance to get your old messages back!

Recover WhatsApp messages from old phone

If there’s a backup available, then you can reinstall WhatsApp on your old phone or new phone to get the old messages. If there is no backup, then you can use a WhatsApp recovery app to scan the phone and find the messages you need. Just keep reading to learn more about how to recover WhatsApp messages from old phone.

Part 1. How to recover WhatsApp messages from old phone - iPhone

Let's first see how to recover old WhatsApp messages on iPhone. Apple offers 3 backup options to back up your iPhone data, namely iCloud, iCloud Drive and iTunes. If you have ever backed up your WhatsApp, then you can restore the backup to recover WhatsApp messages from old phone to new phone.

Way 1. Recover WhatsApp messages from iCloud Drive

You can go to Settings of WhatsApp > Chats > Chat Backup to see if you have a backup. If you have ever backed up your WhatsApp, it will show the time when the backup is completed. You can determine if the backup contains the data you need based on the time.

Here are the steps to recover WhatsApp messages from old phone via iCloud Drive.

1. Uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp.

2. Open WhatsApp > Verify your account.

3. When prompted, tap Restore Chat History > Tap Next when you see XXX Messages Restored and it will restore your media in the background.

Restore Chat History

Please note that WhatsApp backup can only be restored to the same account. If you have changed your Apple ID or phone number, then this method will not help you recover your WhatsApp messages.

Way 2. Recover WhatsApp messages from iCloud/iTunes backup

If you have ever backed up your iPhone via iCloud and iTunes, then the backup may include your WhatsApp data. After all, iCloud and iTunes will backup all content and settings on iPhone. In this case, you can recover WhatsApp messages as well as other data from old phone to new phone.

It will erase all content and settings on your new iPhone and restore everything from old phone to new iPhone. Remember backup important data in advance.

Here are the steps to recover WhatsApp messages from old phone via iCloud or iTunes backup.

  • Set up your new phone until you access the data transfer screen. (If you have already set up your device, you can go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone to Erase All Content and Settings.)
  • To restore from iCloud backup, choose Restore from iCloud Backup > select the correct backup.

Restore from iCloud Backup

  • To restore from iTunes backup, choose Restore from Mac or PC > plug in your iPhone to computer and launch iTunes > in iTunes, go to Summary and choose Restore Backup.

Restore Backup

Way 3. Recover WhatsApp messages from local backup

Some iCloud and iTunes users worry about expensive cloud storage and WhatsApp restore overwriting of old data. We highly recommend that you use a more powerful WhatsApp backup software - FoneTool. This iPhone backup & transfer tool can help you backup WhatsApp data to computer easily without limiting backup data types and storage space.

And restoring WhatsApp data to iPhone will not overwrite the original data. Please download FoneTool and follow the steps below to learn how to backup and restore WhatsApp messages from your old phone. 

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 Step 1. Connect your iPhone to PC, and click WhatsApp Manager > Backup WhatsApp > Get Started.

Backup WhasApp

Step 2. Select the WhatsApp data you need to back up, enable backup encryption and click Start Backup to backup your WhatsApp messages. 

Start Backup WhatsApp

Step 3. To restore WhatsApp messages, click Backup History > Select the WhatsApp messages backup >Click the Restore option.

Restore

Step 4. Choose the version of WhatsApp message backup, and click Start Restore.

Start Restore

Part 2. How to recover WhatsApp messages from old phone - Android

On an Android phone, there are two ways to backup WhatsApp. By default, WhatsApp will create a local backup every day. In addition, you can choose to backup WhatsApp to Google Drive. So you can recover WhatsApp messages from old phone to new phone from local backup or Google Drive.

Preparation

  • You can go to Settings of WhatsApp > Chats > Chat backup to make sure you have a backup available.
  • If you want to recover WhatsApp from Google Drive, please make sure you have signed in with the account you used on your old phone.
  • If you want to recover WhatsApp from local backup, you should copy the local backup file from your old phone to your new phone using a computer. The local backup files are usually saved in Internal Storage/SD card > WhatsApp > Databases.

Local backup files

Here are the steps to see deleted messages on WhatApp without any app and recover WhatsApp messages from old phone via local backup/Google Drive.

WhatsApp restores local backup when Google backup cannot be found. If you want to restore a local backup, you need to delete WhatApp backups in Google Drive.

1. Delete WhatsApp and reinstall it on your phone.

2. Open WhatsApp > Enter your phone number to verify your account.

3. When WhatsApp finds your backup, tap Restore > Tap Next when the restoration is complete.

Restore from Google Drive

Part 3. How to retrieve WhatsApp messages from old phone without backup

If you have never backed up WhatsApp or if the backup does not contain the messages you need, then you may want to know how to retrieve WhatsApp messages from old phone without backup. Well, if the old phone is still in your hands, then you can use a WhatsApp data recovery tool to scan the device and find all the old messages.

Most of the data recovery apps are not for free but they do offer a free trial version. Here we take FoneTool as an example to show you how to recover WhatsApp messages from old phone.

1. Open the FoneTool > Connect your iPhone to computer via the USB cable.

2. Click Toolbox > Choose iOS Data Recovery.

Click Scan Now

3. Check the files icon that you want to recover > Click Start Scan to scan your iPhone data.

Select Contacts and Click Recover

4. Click file icon > Then preview and select the deleted files  > Tap Recover to PC to retrieve them to your Windows PC.

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FAQs about recovering WhatsApp messages from old phone

Here are some frequently asked questions about recovering WhatsApp messages from old phones.

Q: how to recover WhatsApp messages from old phone when my new phone has a different number?

WhatsApp backup can only be restored to the same account. You can apply for a duplicate SIM for that number that is lost. Or you can use a data recovery tool to scan your old phone to find the WhatsApp messages.

Q: how to recover 1 year old WhatsApp messages from old phone?

If you happened to make a backup 1 year ago, then you can restore that backup to get the old messages. Or you can turn to WhatsApp data recovery tool.

Q: how to recover WhatsApp messages from old phone number?

If the old number is still in use, then you can uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp to restore the backup.

Q: how to recover WhatsApp messages from old phone to new phone?

All you have to do is sign in to your WhatsApp account using the same phone number and follow the instructions to restore the backup.

Final words

That’s all about how to recover WhatsApp messages from old phone. If you have not changed your phone number, then you can restore WhatsApp to achieve the goal. When there is no backup or you have changed your phone number, you can use a WhatsApp data recovery tool to scan the old phone and find old WhatsApp messages.

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