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 directly, still there is a way to restore WhatsApp to Android, then transfer to iPhone successfully.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Apr. 08, 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.

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!

Restore WhatsApp from Google Drive to iPhone

Restore WhatsApp 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 devices store backups on iCloud or iTunes. Since Android and iPhone devices use different platforms to create WhatsApp back up, it is workable to restore WhatsApp backup from Google Drive to Android but 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 a proven method to directly restore WhatsApp backup from Google Drive to iPhone.

How to Directly Restore WhatsApp 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. Nevertheless, with AppTrans, you can easily and directly restore WhatsApp from Google Drive to iPhone. 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 AppTrans and Access Your Google Account

1. Freely download and install AppTrans on your computer > Click on App Restore on the left panel >  Click on WhatsApp Backup.

Open AppTrans and Click WhatsApp Backup

Open AppTrans and Click WhatsApp Backup

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.

Choose One WhatsApp Backup to Restore from Google Drive

Choose One WhatsApp Backup to Restore from Google Drive

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 the Types of File to Restore

Choose the Types of File to Restore

2. Connect your source Android phone and click on the Decrypt Now button.

Decrypt Your Source Android Phone

Decrypt Your Source Android Phone

3. Follow the instructions to install WhatsApp Custom Version to your source Android device.

Follow the Instructions to Install WhatsApp Custom Version on Your Android Phone

Install WhatsApp Custom Version on Your Android Phone

4. Give WhatsApp Custom Version permission to access WhatsApp data.

Authorize WhatsApp Storage Access on Your Android Device

Authorize WhatsApp Storage Access on Your Android Device

5. Sign in to the same Google Drive account on WhatsApp Custom Version and restore the backup data.

Sign in to the Same Google Drive Account on WhatsApp Custom Version

Sign in to the Same Google Drive Account on WhatsApp Custom Version

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 can view and select specific messages to restore to iPhone.

View and Select WhatsApp Message Backup to Restore

View and Select WhatsApp Message Backup to Restore

2. Once you have clicked on the Restore button, you should connect your target iPhone and restore the messages backup to your iPhone.

Click Restore to Restore WhatsApp Messages to iPhone

Click Restore to Restore WhatsApp Messages to iPhone

3. It might take a few minutes until you see the App restore succeeded page.

Restore WhatsApp Backup from Google Drive to iPhone Succeeded

Restore WhatsApp Backup from Google Drive to iPhone Succeeded

How to Restore WhatsApp from Google Drive to iPhone?

If you have difficulty directly restoring WhatsApp from Google Drive to iPhone with the mentioned method, 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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* 100% Clean & Safe

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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 AnyTrans 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 or take a quick look at the video tutorial.

The Bottom Line

Now, you do not need to worry about losing WhatsApp backup data when transferring from Google Drive to iPhone. Download AppTrans to take a try to directly transfer WhatsApp data from Android 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.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.