[5 Ways] How to Restore WhatsApp Messages on New iPhone

Just have got a new iPhone and looking for solutions to restore WhatsApp messages on new iPhone? You may need this guide to know how to restore WhatsApp messages on new iPhone with or without backup.

Demi by Demi Updated October 8, 2023
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If you've recently purchased a new iPhone, you may be wondering how to restore your WhatsApp messages from your old iPhone. Fortunately, there are a few different ways to do this, even if you didn't make a backup of your WhatsApp messages before switching to new iPhone.

restore WhatsApp messages on new iPhone

In this article, we'll walk you through the steps to restore WhatsApp messages on new iPhone, both with and without a backup. Whether you're an iOS expert or a newcomer to the platform, this guide will help you get your WhatsApp conversations up and running on your new iPhone in no time.

Part 1. How to restore WhatsApp messages on new iPhone from backup

When it comes to restore WhatsApp messages on new iPhone, you may consider restoring the WhatsApp backup from old iPhone to your new iPhone. Depending on the tool you used to backup your previous iPhone, here are three ways available.

Way 1. From iCloud WhatsApp backup

In the WhatsApp app on your iPhone, you can backup only WhatsApp data to iCloud.  You can follow the steps below to check that you have the most recent backup files in WhatsApp on your old before restoring WhatsApp from iCloud to new iPhone.

On your old iPhone
Go to the WhatsApp Settings > Choose Chats > Tap Chat Backup. You may need to tap Back Up Now to get a recent WhatsApp backup file to avoid data loss.

iCloud WhatsApp backup

On your new iPhone
Step 1. Uninstall and re-download WhatsApp from the App Store on your new iPhone.

Step 2. Set up WhatsApp and verify your phone number > Tap Restore Chat History > Follow the onscreen guide to restore WhatsApp messages to new iPhone.

WhatsApp restore backup

Way 2. From iCloud backup

You can restore the iPhone iCloud backup to the new iPhone now that you have a new iPhone, allowing you to transfer everything, including WhatsApp data, to the new iPhone.

It is necessary to keep in mind that this method requires you to have enough iCloud storage space to backup all of your iPhone data. Also, depending on the size of your backup and the speed of your internet connection, the process may take longer.

On your old iPhone
Go to the Settings app > Tap [your name] > Tap iCloud > Toggle on iCloud Backup if it is disabled. Click Back Up Now to create a backup right now.

turn on iCloud backup

On your new iPhone
Set up your new iPhone until you get to the App & Data screen > Choose Restore from iCloud Backup > Choose the backup you just create > Finally, complete the setup process.

restore from iCloud backup apps screen

Way 3. From iTunes backup

Apple provides iTunes to fully backup iPhone to PC. If you are concerned that iCloud's backup is insufficient, you may use iTunes to backup an old iPhone and restore the backup to a new iPhone, which includes WhatsApp chat history.

Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes installed on your computer, and follow the steps below to restore WhatsApp chats to new iPhone.

Backup old iPhone to iTunes
Connect your old iPhone to computer > Launch iTunes and tap the phone icon > Click Summary under the Settings bar > Tap Back Up Now and wait for the backup to finish.

click back up now

Restore iTunes backup to new iPhone
Step 1. Turn on and setup your new iPhone until you see the Apps & Data screen > Choose Restore from Mac or PC.

restore from Mac or pc

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

iPhone restore backup

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

Part 2. How to restore WhatsApp messages on new iPhone without backup

If there is no previous backup available, you may need to restore WhatsApp messages on new iPhone without backup. Without complicated process of backup and restore, you can directly restore WhatsApp messages on new iPhone with the two ways below.

Way 4. Via FoneTool

You may need a third-party transfer tool to simplify the process and ensure that all WhatsApp messages can be transferred to the new iPhone with no effort or data loss.

Here we recommend FoneTool. The offline transfer enables the security of the files being transferred, which is reliable and not crash or fail. Besides, if you want to use a different Apple ID to new iPhone, you can transfer WhatsApp from one Apple ID to another via FoneTool.

One-click to transfer WhatsApp messages on new iPhone without backup via FoneTool
Step 1. Free download, install and launch FoneTool on your computer > Connect your two iPhone to PC via USB > Tap Trust to let your PC access your iPhones.

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Step 2. Tap WhatsApp Transfer from the left pane on the homepage > Check if your two iPhone are in right place > Click Transfer Now to confirm.

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Step 3. Read the notes from the prompt, and click Confirm > If asked, enter your passcode on the source iPhone > Click OK to begin the transfer.

passcode required

When it is finished, your new iPhone will be restarted automatically. Set up your new iPhone WhatsApp as per your preference, and that’s it. 

FoneTool is also a powerful transfer tool, enabling you to transfer files from old iPhone to new iPhone selectively or fully. You can transfer data from iPhone to iPhone even after setup.

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Way 5. Using email

Although WhatsApp does not have a built-in function for directly restoring chats through email, you may export your WhatsApp chats as a chat history file and email it to yourself. Finally, on your new iPhone, open the email client and check the conversation history file.

Step 1. On your old iPhone, go to the chat you’d like to transfer in the WhatsApp app > Tap the name of the contact > Choose Export Chat.

Step 2. If you wish to transfer media files in the conversation, select Attach Media. Instead, select Without Media > Choose Mail > Type in your email address to send yourself the email.

save WhatsApp to email

Step 3. On your new iPhone, you can go to your email client > Sign in with your account and check the WhatsApp chats.


In conclusion, you can restore WhatsApp messages to new iPhone with iCloud/iTunes backup or without backup but via a transfer tool. Hope you have got the ideal method to restore your WhatsApp chats. If this guide helps you, please share it with others.

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