How to Access WhatsApp Backup on Android and iOS

Many people have the habit of backing up their WhatsApp chat history to Google Drive, iTunes, or iCloud. It is a nice way to protect your WhatsApp messages from data loss. However, after that, people want to know where WhatsApp backup is stored and how can I view WhatsApp chats from the backup? Follow this guide to learn how to access WhatsApp backup with ease.

Author Avatar Joy Taylor Last Updated: Aug. 15, 2022
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We can use iCloud, iTunes, or Google Drive to create a backup for WhatsApp messages. And WhatsApp will automatically back up our messages on our iPhone or Android device. However, we can’t access these backups until we try to restore the WhatsApp chat history entirely from iTunes or iCloud.

Can you access and view WhatsApp backup? Where is WhatsApp backup stored? Luckily, this tutorial will show you how to access WhatsApp Backup on Google Drive, iTunes, or iCloud.

How to Access WhatsApp Backup on Google Drive?

Google Drive is the most common method in daily data backup for Android users. You can back up WhatsApp chats history at any time by turning on the automatic backup function, without data loss due to damage or loss of your device.

At the same time, you can also use Google Drive to access WhatsApp backup by restoring previously backed-up data. However, the question is what should you do if you merely want to view or read and download some specific WhatsApp messages or media files? How can you open WhatsApp backup in Google Drive? Technically, you can recover a WhatsApp backup from Google Drive to Android but fail to merely read the content. Moreover, how could you access WhatsApp backup on Google Drive if you were an iPhone user?

If you’re an iPhone user, you can turn to AnyTrans to access WhatsApp backup on Google Drive. Normally, you can’t view the WhatsApp backup data due to the end-to-end encryption. However, using AnyTrans, you can easily decrypt WhatsApp backup on Google Drive, preview it and even restore WhatsApp backup from Google Drive to iPhone. Now, take some minutes and follow the steps to access WhatsApp backup on Google Drive.

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Step 1. Download AppTrans on your computer > Connect your iPhone > Tap on Social Messages Manager > Select a specific Restore WhatsApp From Google Drive Backup.

Choose From Google Drive Backup in the Restore Backup Mode

Choose From Google Drive Backup in the Restore Backup Mode

Step 2. Enter the Gmail and its password to sign in to your Google account > Follow the on-screen instructions to give authorization to WhatsApp backup on Google Drive in your browser.

Sign in to Your Google Account

Sign in to Your Google Account

Step 3. Now you can choose a specific WhatsApp Google Drive backup history to view.

Select a WhatsApp Google Drive Backup

Select a WhatsApp Google Drive Backup

Step 4. To preview the media files attached to WhatsApp chats, you can tap on Attachments in the following interface. But if you’d like to view “Messages” and “Calls”, you should connect the Android device that created the backup to decrypt the Google Drive backup first.

Choose Messages to Preview and Restore

Choose Messages to Preview and Restore

Step 5. Take the on-screen 3 steps to decrypt “messages” and “calls” on your Google Drive backup.

> Install the WhatsApp Custom version to your Android phone.

> Navigate to Settings > Apps > WhatsApp > Permissions > Storage. Toggle on “Storage” to allow the WhatsApp Custom version to access storage on your Android phone.

>Sign in to your WhatsApp account on the WhatsApp Custom version.

Decrypt WhatsApp Data on Google Drive Backup

Decrypt WhatsApp Data on Google Drive Backup

Step 6. Once you have decrypted WhatsApp data on Google Drive backup, you can go back to the last AnyTrans interface to preview Whatsapp messages and calls on Google Drive backup.

Restore WhatsApp Messages from Google Drive to iPhone

Restore WhatsApp Messages from Google Drive to iPhone

As you can see, this is the best way to access and view WhatsApp backup files on Google Drive, as long as you can connect your source Android device and the WhatsApp account you’re logged in is the same as the WhatsApp Google Drive backup one.

After viewing or selecting WhatsApp messages, you can click on the To Computer button to export them to your computer or the Restore button to directly restore WhatsApp from Google Drive to iPhone or restore WhatsApp from Google Drive to iPhone.

How to Access WhatsApp Backup Files by Restoring from iTunes?

If you are an iPhone user and have backed up WhatsApp to iTunes, you can also use AnyTrans to access WhatsApp backup on iTunes. Notably, AppTrans will only replace the restored Apps while not overlapping other apps. Take the following steps to learn how to access WhatsApp backup on PC.

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Step 1. Download AnyTrans on your computer > Connect your iPhone >Choose Social Messages Manager>Restore WhatsApp.

Click on Restore

Click on Restore

Step 2. After entering, you’ll see a WhatsApp backup that has been backed up using iTunes.

Choose the Messages you Want to Send

Choose the Messages you Want to Send

Step 3. You can choose one backup to restore, minutes later, you’ll see Restore process completed page.

Restore WhatsApp Backup from Google Drive to iPhone Succeeded

Restore WhatsApp Backup from Google Drive to iPhone Succeeded

How to Access WhatsApp Backup Files by Restoring from Google Drive?

If you are an Android user and have backed up WhatsApp chats on Google Drive, another method to access WhatsApp backup files is to restore them from Google Drive to your Android device:

Step 1. Log in to the same Google account that you used to create the backup > Uninstall WhatsApp and then reinstall it on your device.

Uninstall WhatsApp on Android

Uninstall WhatsApp on Android

Step 2. Choose “Restore” when you finish verifying the phone number on WhatsApp. Then it will restore the backup on your device.

Restore WhatsApp on Android

Restore WhatsApp on Android

Step 3. Click on the “Next” button, then WhatsApp backup is restored and your messages will be displayed in WhatsApp.

How Can I Access WhatsApp Backup Files by Restoring from iCloud?

For many iOS device users, iCloud provides a convinced way to backup and protect the important data and files on their iPhone/iPad/iPod. Therefore, many people are used to backing up their WhatsApp chat messages on iCloud. However, if you have used it to restore data, you will know that iCloud is like iTunes, that is impossible to view the detailed files that make up an iCloud backup. This means that although you can back up WhatsApp data on iCloud very easily, you will not be able to see the chat history in the backup file unless you restore the backup.

Bonus Tip. How to Recover WhatsApp Backup on Android

Here is an Android data recovery tool named DroidKit that can easily recover WhatsApp backup on Android. And below are its highlights on Android WhatsApp messages recovery.

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  • Preview & Selectively Recovery. It allows you to preview and select the WhatsApp messages before recovering, which makes it possible for you to choose the one(s) you prefer most to recover to your phone.
  • Fastest Recovery Speed & Easy to Use. Just a few simple clicks and a few minutes are needed to complete the entire recovery job.
  • Recovery Other Android File Types. Besides WhatsApp messages and attachments, it also supports recovering deleted photos, text messages, videos, contacts, music, etc.
  • Compatible with All Android Models. Works well with all Android models like Samsung, Huawei, LG, HTC, Sony, Motorola, etc.

Step 1. Free Download DroidKit on your computer > Connect your device to the computer with a USB cable.

Select WhatsApp Recovery Mode

Select WhatsApp Recovery Mode

Step 2. Please connect your device. After your device has been recognized, click Start button.

Connect Your Android Phone

Connect Your Android Phone

Step 3. And then, please follow on-screen instructions to go on.

Finish All Instructions

Finish All Instructions

Step 4. After that, you can preview the WhatsApp data and choose to restore it to your computer or device.

Preview the Data of WhatsApp

Preview the Data of WhatsApp

Step 5. Once you have selected the data you want to restore, minutes later, you’ll see the Recovered Successfully page.

Recover the WhatsApp Data

Recover the WhatsApp Data

The Bottom Line

That’s all about how to access WhatsApp backup. With AnyTrans, you can easily access WhatsApp messages backed up on either Google Drive or iTunes. FREE Download AnyTrans to access your WhatsApp backup such as media, messages, and calls now.

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