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.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Jun. 21, 2021

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 some specific WhatsApp messages? 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?

No matter you are an Android user or an iPhone user, you can turn to AppTrans 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 AppTrans, 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. Freely download AppTrans and launch it on your computer > Tap on App Restore and WhatsApp Backup.

Open AppTrans and Click WhatsApp Backup

Open AppTrans and Click WhatsApp Backup

Step 2. After signing to your Google account, you can select one Google Drive backup to access.

Choose One WhatsApp Backup to Access

Choose One WhatsApp Backup to Access

Step 3. On this page, you need to select the types of backup files to access.

Choose the Types of File to Access

Choose the Types of File to Access

Step 4. If you want to access media files, simply click on Media Files, and then you will see the following interface.

Access WhatsApp Media Backup Files on Google Drive

Access WhatsApp Media Backup Files on Google Drive

Step 5. If you want to access calls or messages, you should tap on them and take some steps to decrypt them first. Taking Messages as an example, we can decrypt and access them with a few clicks.

Decrypt Your Android Phone

Decrypt Your Android Phone

  1. Connect the source Android device > Install “WhatsApp Custom Version” on your Android phone according to the instructions.
  2. Toggle on Storage to give WhatsApp Custom Version permission to access WhatsApp data.
  3. Sign in to the WhatsApp account on WhatsApp Custom Version. Notably, the WhatsApp account should be the same as the WhatsApp Google Drive backup account.
  4. Once you have decrypted WhatsApp data, you can go back to Step 3 and click on Messages again.
View and Select WhatsApp Message Backup

View and Select WhatsApp Message Backup

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 logged in is the same as the WhatsApp Google Drive backup one.

After viewing or selecting WhatsApp messages, you can click on the Export 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 Android.

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 AppTrans to access WhatsApp backup on iTunes. Notably, AppTrans will only replace the restored Apps while not overlap other apps. Take the following steps to access WhatsApp backup files by restoring from iTunes.

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Step 1. Download AppTrans on your computer > Connect your iPhone > Tap on App Restore and iTunes Backup > Select a specific iTunes to Restore.

Select an iTunes Backup to Restore

Select an iTunes Backup to Restore

Step 2. Confirm your iPhone and click on the Restore button > Choose WhatsApp Messenger backup and click on the Restore button.

Choose WhatsApp to Restore

Choose WhatsApp to Restore

Step 3. Choose to replace or remain the previous WhatsApp data > Tap on Confirm > Sign in to your Apple ID to authorize.

Authorize Your Apple ID Password

Authorize Your Apple ID Password

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 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 convince 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 PhoneRescue for Android 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 1 simple click 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 PhoneRescue for Android on your computer > Connect your device to the computer with a USB cable.

Choose WhatsApp to Scan

Choose WhatsApp to Scan

Step 2. Check WhatsApp messages only > Click on the Next button on the right to scan your WhatsApp messages from backup.

How to Recover Deleted WhatsApp Messages on Android without Backup – Step 3

How to Recover Deleted WhatsApp Messages on Android

The Bottom Line

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

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