How to Restore WhatsApp from iCloud to iPhone

Looking for instructions for restoring WhatsApp from iCloud because you accidentally delete WhatsApp chat or have got a new iPhone? This guide will show you how to restore from iCloud WhatsApp.

Demi by Demi Updated April 20, 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

Anybody who regularly uses Whatsapp on their iPhones will preserve a great quantity of vital data, ranging from chat history to images and videos. You may have activated iCloud backup WhatsApp to ensure the safety of all your data. You might not realize you don't know how to restore chat history on WhatsApp from iCloud until it's too late.

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Luckily, restoring WhatsApp from iCloud to iPhone is not a complicated job. In this guide, you are given detailed instructions to restore WhatsApp chat history from iCloud. So, without any further hesitation, let’s get started.

How to restore WhatsApp chat and media from iCloud

iCloud offers two options for backing up WhatsApp data. The first option is to enable WhatsApp's in-app chat backup; the second is to perform a full iCloud backup of your iPhone, which also includes your WhatsApp data.

Depending on your needs, you can follow either method introduced below to restore chat history on WhatsApp from iCloud.

Option 1. Restoring WhatsApp from iCloud only

You can backup WhatsApp data to iCloud within the app via WhatsApp Settings > Chats > Chat Backup > Back Up Now. Make sure you have the latest backup files in the WhatsApp app. Make sure the iCloud Drive is enabled, and follow the steps below to restore WhatsApp from iCloud.

Step 1. You are asked to uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp from the App Store on your iPhone.

Step 2. Verify your phone number > Tap Restore Chat History > Follow the prompt instructions to restore WhatsApp from iCloud.

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Option 2. Restoring WhatsApp from iCloud to new iPhone

The other option is to restore your whole iPhone backup from iCloud, in which WhatsApp chat history and media are included. Please keep in mind that this method is more appropriate if you have a new iPhone.

If you want to restore WhatsApp backup to the iPhone you are using, you have to restore iPhone to factory settings first. To learn how to restore from iCloud WhatsApp to a new iPhone, follow the steps below.

Step 1. Setup your iPhone > From the 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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Keep completing the setup process, and wait for the WhatsApp backup files to be downloaded to your new iPhone.

Quick fixes to can’t restore WhatsApp from iCloud

Chances are that WhatsApp is not restoring from iCloud or you cannot locate WhatsApp backup on iCloud, the quick fixes below may get you out of the issue.

Fix 1. Check iPhone & iCloud Storage
One of the most common causes for WhatsApp not recovering from iCloud is a lack of storage space on your iPhone or iCloud. The size of your backup should take up at least 2.05 times the amount of space in your iCloud account and on your iPhone.

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 to check your available space.

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Fix 2. Check your Internet connection
The restore process may get stopped or interrupted because the Internet connection is unstable. You may check the network's functionality by opening a web browser in the Safari app. You might try turning on and off airplane mode on your iPhone to refresh your network.

Fix 3. Force restart iPhone
You may also try restarting your iPhone to fix common software faults that prevent you from restoring WhatsApp chat history from iCloud.

Bonus: An easy way to transfer WhatsApp to new iPhone without backup

If you are not sure whether all your WhatsApp data is backed up because iCloud storage is full, you can also use FoneTool, professional WhatsApp data transfer and backup software for iOS device, to transfer WhatsApp data to new iPhone without backup.

What FoneTool outweighs iCloud

👍 Backup WhatsApp without storage limit. Besides WhatsApp data transfer, FoneTool supports backup WhatsApp from iPhone to PC without limiting your data storage space and type.
👍 Simple UI and operation. The simple UI in FoneTool enables you to handle it in seconds. With one-click, you can finish the transfer task.
👍 No data loss. FoneTool will switch all WhatsApp data from iPhone to iPhone, including but not limited to chat histories, photos, videos, and attachments.
👍 Offline and safe transfer. FoneTool transfers your WhatsApp to new iPhone offline, preventing your privacy from leaking to the greatest extent, which you may encounter in iCloud. 

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How to transfer WhatsApp to new iPhone via FoneTool
Step 1. Launch FoneTool on your computer > Connect your two iPhones to computer with USB > Tap Trust on iPhone to let your computer access iPhones.

Step 2. On the main interface of FoneTool, click WhatsApp Manager from the left pane > Click 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 restart automatically. As one of the best iCloud alternatives, you can also try the iPhone to iPhone transfer function in FoneTool to transfer all data to new iPhone without backup.


The two ways of restoring WhatsApp from iCloud are listed here in this guide. You can choose to restore only WhatsApp chat history or everything from iCloud. Optionally, you can utilize FoneTool to get WhatsApp files on new iPhone without backup. If this guide is helpful, share it with others.

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