How to Restore WhatsApp Messages on New iPhone

How to restore WhatsApp messages on new iPhone? This guide offers 5 methods to help you transfer WhatsApp messages from iPhone to iPhone.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: May. 07, 2020

When you update to a new iPhone, the first thing you want to do is transferring everything from the old iPhone to the new one. Or you just want to transfer some of them like WhatsApp messages. Here in this guide, we will show you a complete guide on how to restore WhatsApp messages on a new iPhone, from an old iPhone and Android phone.

Method 1. Restore WhatsApp Messages on iPhone Using iCloud Drive

In the WhatsApp settings, there is a Chat Backup option available to help you back up your WhatsApp data to iCloud Drive, not just including the texts, but also the media files. So you can do this operation on the old iPhone, and then restore them on the new iPhone. But you must notice that we have said that this method backs up the data to the iCloud drive, so we need first to turn on the iCloud Drive option on both old iPhone and new iPhone, before doing this method.

Now, let’s check how to restore WhatsApp messages on iPhone using iCloud Drive:

  1. Connect the iPhone to Wi-Fi network.
  2. Go to “Settings” on the old iPhone, tap on your name.
  3. Choose “iCloud” and turn on “iCloud Drive”.
  4. Open “WhatsApp” and go to “Settings”.
  5. Tap on “Chats”, choose “Chat Backup”.
  6. Then click on the “Back Up Now” option.
  7. Make sure the backup is performed finally.
  8. Connect the new iPhone to Wi-Fi network.
  9. Turn on the “iCloud Drive” option.
  10. Download and install the WhatsApp on the new iPhone.
  11. Sign in the account using the same phone number you used on your old iPhone.
  12. The app will ask you to restore your chat history from iCloud.
  13. Click on the “Restore Chat History” option.
  14. After the process completes, you can check the WhatsApp messages on your new iPhone.
Backup WhatsApp to iCloud

Backup WhatsApp to iCloud

  • You need to log into the same Apple ID on both iPhones.
  • You can set Auto Backup on your new iPhone in case you may delete some important messages: Go to WhatsApp > Settings > Chats > Chat Backup > Auto Backup > Choose “Daily, Weekly, Monthly” as per your needs.

Method 2. Restore WhatsApp to New iPhone Using iCloud Backup

Just similar to the iCloud Drive way, we can also use iCloud Backup to get the WhatsApp chat history to your new iPhone. Make sure that you have logged in the same Apple ID on both your iPhones. Also, you must clear that this method requires you to erase all data on your new iPhone firstly.

Here’s how you can restore WhatsApp chats on new iPhone with an iCloud backup:

  1. Connect iPhone to Wi-Fi.
  2. Go to “Settings” on your old iPhone.
  3. Choose “iCloud” and tap on the “Backup” option.
  4. Turn on “iCloud Backup”, choose “Back Up Now”.
  5. Make sure the backup is finished.
  6. Now, go to “Settings” on your new iPhone.
  7. Tap on “General” and choose “Reset”.
  8. Tap on “Erase All Content and Settings”.
  9. Follow the Set Up Assistant to set up your iPhone.
  10. Tap “Restore from iCloud Backup” on the Apps & Data screen.
  11. Sign in to iCloud and proceed to Choose backup.
  12. Choose the one contains the data you need to restore.
Restore iPhone from iCloud Backup

Restore iPhone from iCloud Backup

Method 3. Restore WhatsApp Messages on iPhone Using iTunes Backup

We can also make an iTunes backup for the old iPhone, which can also contain the WhatsApp data, and then restore the backup to the new iPhone. However, just like restoring from iCloud, the existing data on your new iPhone would be erased.

Now, let’s check how to restore WhatsApp messages on new iPhone using iTunes:

  1. Firstly, make an iTunes backup with your old iPhone.
  2. Open iTunes and connect the iPhone to computer.
  3. Click your device name.
  4. Click on “Summary” and check “This computer”.
  5. Click on the “Back Up Now” option.
  6. Now, Restore iTunes Backup on new iPhone.
  7. Open iTunes again and connect new iPhone to computer.
  8. Click your device name, choose “Summary”.
  9. Click on the “Restore Backup” option to restore the data to your new iPhone.
Restore WhatsApp Messages from iTunes Backup

Restore WhatsApp Messages from iTunes Backup

Method 4. Restore WhatsApp Chats to iPhone without Erasing Anything

For the iCloud Backup and iTunes Backup, there is a high risk of data loss on the new iPhone. So here, we prefer recommending another way to extract the backup data, without data erasing. This method is mainly prepared for users who neither have made any backup in WhatsApp iCloud nor want to lose any existing data on the new iPhone.

To help you restore WhatsApp Messages from iCloud without erasing, you need to use some safe and trusted recovery tools like PhoneRescue for iOS, which allows you to view all WhatsApp messages in iCloud before restoring, then you can select one (ones) to restore to your iPhone. More importantly, there’s no data loss in the process of restoring.

Now, let’s see how to restore WhatsApp messages on iPhone with PhoneRescue for iOS:

1. Free Download PhoneRescue for iOS to your PC/Mac and connect your iPhone to the computer via a USB cable.

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2. Click on Recover from iCloud and the Right Arrow button on the downright corner.

How to Restore WhatsApp Messages on iPhone - Step 1

How to Restore WhatsApp Messages on iPhone – Step 1

3. Log in your iCloud account, and then select iCloud backup.

How to Restore WhatsApp Messages on iPhone - Step 2

How to Restore WhatsApp Messages on iPhone – Step 2

4. Select one iCloud backup that contains your WhatsApp messages and click Download, then check WhatsApp only and click OK.

How to Restore WhatsApp Messages on iPhone - Step 3

How to Restore WhatsApp Messages on iPhone – Step 3

5. Select the conversation you want to recover, click the To Computer to recover them to your computer.

How to Restore WhatsApp Messages on iPhone - Step 4

How to Restore WhatsApp Messages on iPhone – Step 4

If you have iTunes backup, just choose the Recover from iTunes Backup in the first step.

Method 5. How to Restore WhatsApp Messages from Android to New iPhone

If you have been using WhatsApp on an Android phone, but now plan to transfer to a new iPhone, how can we transfer the WhatsApp data to the new iPhone? Mostly, we have no idea because switching the backup to two different operating systems is impossible. Now a third-party tool stands out to help you solve this problem. AnyTrans has managed to transfer Android WhatsApp Messages to iPhone.

Here are the detailed steps to restore WhatsApp messages from Android to iPhone:

  1. Download and launch AnyTrans on your computer. Connect both your Android and iPhone to the computer.
  2. Then click Social Messages Manager on the left panel.
  3. Choose WhatsApp and click on “Android to iPhone”.
  4. After confirming the source device and the target device, AnyTrans will show you the detailed steps, follow the steps until it starts to transfer your WhatsApp messages.
  5. Your WhatsApp data will be restored on your iPhone.
Transferring WhatsApp to iPhone

Transferring WhatsApp to iPhone with AnyTrans

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The Bottom Line

Hope this guide can help you restore WhatsApp messages on the New iPhone successfully. If you are interested in PhoneRescue for iOS, just download it to have a try!

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.