How to Restore WhatsApp from Google Drive to iPhone

Don’t know how to restore WhatsApp backup from Google Drive to iPhone? Although the process can not achieve officially, still there are proven ways to restore WhatsApp to Android, and then transfer to iPhone successfully.

Author Avatar Joy Taylor Last Updated: Sep. 15, 2021

Recently, I have switched to my new iPhone 12 so I need to transfer all my data from old phone to the new one. However, how do I transfer WhatsApp from Android to iPhone 12? As a matter of fact, I have already backed up WhatsApp messages to Google Drive. But can I restore WhatsApp messages from Google Drive to iPhone?

The answer is YES. You can restore WhatsApp backup from Google Drive on iPhone 12. Considering WhatsApp messages are stored differently on iPhone and Android devices, many iPhone users think it impossible to transfer WhatsApp chats from Android to iPhone even they have already established a WhatsApp backup on Android.

Restore WhatsApp from Google Drive to iPhone

Restore WhatsApp from Google Drive to iPhone

Of course, Google Drive is more suitable for Android users as Google owns Android. Moreover, since iOS and Android are two different operating systems, you cannot exchange data between them easily.

But, don’t worry if you need to restore WhatsApp from Google Drive to iPhone or switch from Android to iPhone without losing your data, you will find out how to restore WhatsApp backup from google drive to iPhone!

Where Are WhatsApp Messages Stored?

To learn how to restore WhatsApp from Google Drive to iPhone, you may ask where WhatsApp messages are stored on your phone first. As a matter of fact, WhatsApp messages are not stored on its own server so that your WhatsApp messages cannot be synced with users’ account.

Normally, you are allowed to back up WhatsApp chats to iCloud or iTunes on iPhone while to Google Drive on Android phone. You can also find the local WhatsApp messages on your Android phone, but you can’t read them due to WhatsApp protection mechanism.

Android stored backup on Google Drive while iOS devices store backups on iCloud or iTunes. Since Android and iPhone devices use different platforms to create WhatsApp backup, it is workable to restore WhatsApp backup from Google Drive to Android but seems impossible to restore WhatsApp from Google Drive to iPhone. In other words, you fail to officially restore WhatsApp from Google Drive to iPhone. Nevertheless, in this post, you can find 2 proven methods to restore WhatsApp backup from Google Drive to iPhone according to your needs.
Whenever you get a new iPhone or want to transfer WhatsApp chats or attachments, you can take advantage of its Transfer & Back-Up WhatsApp Data feature to easily and quickly restore WhatsApp data, including messages, calls, and media files from Google Drive to iPhone. Now free get the latest version of AnyTrans and take the following detailed steps to complete the restoring procedures in simple clicks.

Directly Restore WhatsApp Backup from Google Drive to iPhone?

As indicated, you are not allowed to officially restore WhatsApp from Google Drive to iPhone since the iOS system is restricted by the encryption protocols from Google Drive. For this reason, if you want to directly restore WhatsApp from Google Drive to iPhone, you are expected to turn to some special tools. In this part, we’ll demonstrate how to use 2 special tools to restore WhatsApp backup from Google Drive to iPhone.

How to Directly Restore WhatsApp Backup from Google Drive to iPhone with AnyTrans

To directly restore WhatsApp backup from Google Drive to iPhone, you should not miss AnyTrans. By using its “Social Messages Manager” feature, you can easily transfer, backup, and restore WhatsApp messages as you want. Now, read the following detailed guide to figure out how to decrypt WhatsApp backup and restore it from Google Drive to iPhone with a few clicks.

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Step 1. Open AnyTrans and Access Your Google Account

1. Freely download and install AnyTrans on your computer > Click on Social Messages Manager on the left panel > Click on From Google Drive Backup.

Choose From Google Drive Backup in the Restore Backup Mode

Choose From Google Drive Backup in the Restore Backup Mode

2. Once you have logged in to your Google account, you can view all your WhatsApp backup history on Google Drive. Choose one backup to get it restored.

Select a WhatsApp Google Drive Backup

Select a WhatsApp Google Drive Backup

Step 2. Decrypt and Access to your WhatsApp Files on Source Android Phone

1. On this page, you need to select the types of files to restore. If you want to restore calls and messages, you need to connect your source Android phone and have it decrypted first. Taking Messages as an example, you should click on Messages.

Choose Messages to Preview and Restore

Choose Messages to Preview and Restore

2. Take the following 3 steps to decrypt “messages” and “calls” on your Google Drive backup.

  • Follow the instructions to install WhatsApp Custom Version to your source Android device.
  • Give WhatsApp Custom Version permission to access WhatsApp data.
  • Sign in to the same Google Drive account on WhatsApp Custom Version and restore the backup data.
Decrypt WhatsApp Data on Google Drive Backup

Decrypt WhatsApp Data on Google Drive Backup

Step 3. Restore WhatsApp Backup to iPhone

1. Once you have decrypted your Android phone, you should go back to the beginning of Step 2, where you are allowed to access Messages. Then you should connect your iPhone to the computer via a USB cable so as to view and select specific messages to restore to iPhone.

Restore WhatsApp Messages from Google Drive to iPhone

Restore WhatsApp Messages from Google Drive to iPhone

2. It might take a few minutes until you see the Restore process completed page.

Restore WhatsApp Backup from Google Drive to iPhone Succeeded

Restore WhatsApp Backup from Google Drive to iPhone Succeeded

How to Directly Restore WhatsApp Backup from Google Drive to iPhone with AppTrans

As long as you restore WhatsApp from Google Drive to Android, you can use another tool – AppTrans to preview and selectively restore WhatsApp data from Android to iPhone afterward. As a professional app transfer tool, AppTrans allows you to transfer apps alongside its data across Android and iPhone devices. AppTrans supports all iPhone models, iOS versions (including iOS 15), and most Android models. Therefore, all you need to do is to free download the latest version of AppTrans, connect both your iPhone and Android devices to the computer and watch the video below to restore WhatsApp messages from Google Drive backup to iPhone.

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Go to App Transfer and Choose Transfer to Phone

Go to App Transfer and Choose Transfer to Phone

Video Tutorial on How to Restore WhatsApp Messages from Google Drive to iPhone

How to Restore WhatsApp Backup from Google Drive to iPhone?

If you have difficulty directly restoring WhatsApp from Google Drive to iPhone with the mentioned tools, you can also take another way to restore WhatsApp from Google Drive to iPhone. Another effective method includes 2 steps – Restore WhatsApp chats from Google Drive to Android and transfer WhatsApp from Android to iPhone. Read the following sections and figure out how to restore WhatsApp from Google Drive to iPhone.

Step 1. Restore WhatsApp Chats from Google Drive to Android

First of all, make sure you have a WhatsApp backup to Google Drive on your old Android phone. Now, restore that back to another android device by following these steps:

  1. Go to Google Drive: On your new Android device, open Google Drive with the same Google account that you used for WhatsApp backup.
  2. Install WhatsApp: Now install and run WhatsApp on your new android phone, and verify the phone number as required.
  3. Restore Data: After verification, a pop-up window will ask you to restore WhatsApp backup from Google Drive. Select “Restore” to confirm it.
Restore WhatsApp to Android

Restore WhatsApp to Android

The restoration process will take a while to complete according to the amount of data.

Step 2. Transfer WhatsApp Chats from Android to iPhone

Here you are going to make use of AppTrans to transfer the WhatsApp chats from Android to iPhone. With AppTrans, you can transfer social messages – WhatsApp/Line/Viber from one phone to another. It allows you to transfer WhatsApp data between Android and iOS devices with a few clicks. Therefore, if you want to sync WhatsApp from Android to iPhone, this tool enables you to make it with a few clicks.

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Now, you can Get AppTrans installed on your computer and transfer WhatsApp from Android to iPhone with ease.

Transfer WhatsApp from Android to iPhone with AppTrans

Transfer WhatsApp from Android to iPhone with AppTrans

How to Restore WhatsApp from iCloud to iPhone?

You can set up your iPhone or restore data like WhatsApp on your existing iPhone using iCloud. Follow these steps to restore data including WhatsApp data from iCloud to iPhone.

  1. On your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Software Update and download the latest iOS updates.
  2. Check the latest back up tap on Settings and go to your Apple Account (usually represented by your name)> iCloud > Manage Storage > Backups.
  3. Tap a device listed under Backups to check the details (like date and size) of the last backup. If no back is available or there have been no recent backups, first back up all the data on your iPhone to date before proceeding further.
  4. Go to Settings > General > Reset and tap on Erase All Content and Settings.
  5. Go to Apps & Data in Settings and tap on Restore from iCloud Backup. Here you will sign in with your Apple ID. After signing up, tap on “Choose backup” and select WhatsApp Backup and other files from the list of available backups in iCloud.
  6. Tap on Restore and wait for the files to download on your iPhone.
Check your Created iCloud Backup

Check your Created iCloud Backup

Bonus Tip. How to Transfer WhatsApp from Android to iPhone?

If you find restoring WhatsApp from Google Drive to iPhone inconvenient, you can also free download AppTrans to directly transfer WhatsApp from Android to iPhone 12. As a professional iOS data management tool, AnyTrans offers you the easiest way to transfer WhatsApp chats from Android to iPhone.

To figure out how can I transfer my WhatsApp messages from Android to iPhone, you can refer to the guide page for transferring WhatsApp from Android to iPhone.

The Bottom Line

Now, you do not need to worry about losing WhatsApp backup data when transferring from Google Drive to iPhone. Download AnyTrans to take a try to restore WhatsApp chats from Google Drive to iPhone. So, you no longer have to worry about losing your memorable chats in WhatsApp if you are mobbing from android to iPhone! Moreover, you can manage any data on your iOS device using this professional WhatsApp transfer tool.

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