How to Restore WhatsApp Backup without Uninstalling

Bradley Harvey | Sep 16, 2022

A veteran data engineer, experienced in data processing, data flow and data migration, etc. Also a heavy WhatsApp user, he helps you know the ins and outs of WhatsApp data transfer better than anyone else.

Restoring WhatsApp backup requires you to uninstall and reinstall the app. But this method can cause you to lose some precious messages and data.

As a mobile proficient, I have experimented with several methods and listed out the most effective ones to restore WhatsApp backup without uninstalling.

If you wish to learn how to restore WhatsApp backup and try out some of these methods, then keep reading this article till the very end.

What happens when you uninstall WhatsApp?

Here are some other factors you must know before you choose to uninstall your WhatsApp for any reason.

  • You will be removed from your friends' WhatsApp contact list as you will no longer have an account.
  • WhatsApp will remove you from the groups you have joined.
  • All your WhatsApp message history will be deleted.
  • You will not be able to see old messages even if you reactivate your WhatsApp account.
  • WhatsApp will remove your account and all the chat data from its servers.
  • WhatsApp will also delete any service payment information on your account.
  • On Android 11 or later versions, your local backup will be deleted.

Restoring WhatsApp by uninstalling and reinstalling the app seems messy as there are a lot of cons that you cannot afford to experience. Don't worry. The next part consists of methods that do not require you to uninstall WhatsApp.

How to Restore WhatsApp Backup without Uninstalling?

A professional tool will be the best option if you do not want to face any trouble with your precious WhatsApp chats and data. Here is the functionality of methods listed in detail that I have been using for months to restore my customers' WhatsApp.

Via Mobitrix WhatsApp Transfer (Best Pick)

Mobitrix WhatsApp Transfer is a professional tool specifically designed for iOS and Android users to backup and restore their WhatsApp without losing any crucial chats or information.

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  • Backup and Restore WhatsApp between Android and iPhone.
  • Restore WhatsApp from Google Drive to iPhone.
  • Transfer All WhatsApp Data(texts, grout chat, photos, videos, etc.)
  • Supports all WhatsApp versions(WhatsApp/WhatsApp Business) - Including the modded apps(GB/FM/OG/AERO WhatsApp)
  • Supports 6000+ different smartphone models running on iOS and Android.
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Steps to Backup WhatsApp to PC and Restore:

  1. Launch Mobitrix WhatsApp Transfer on your computer. Click Back up.
  2. Connect Android with the computer. Click Back up.
  3. backup whatsapp to pc

    backup WhatsApp to PC

  4. Go to WhatsApp Settings and backup chats locally.
  5. Backup WhatsApp chats locally

    backup WhatsApp chats locally

  6. Install the developer version of WhatsApp on your Android phone. Log in and tap Restore.
  7. Restore chats to develope version of WhatsApp

    restore chats to the developer version of WhatsApp

  8. WhatsApp Messages will be copied to the computer.
  9. Copy WhatsApp data to computer

    copy WhatsApp data to the computer

  10. Once the backup is complete, click Restore Now.
  11. Google Drive WhatsApp backup is ready

    Google Drive WhatsApp backup is ready

  12. Connect your iPhone to the computer with a USB cable.
  13. Right-click your backup file. Tab Restore to phone > iPhone.
  14. Restore Google Drive WhatsApp backup to iPhone

    Restore Google Drive WhatsApp backup to iPhone

  15. All your WhatsApp chats will be restored to the iPhone.
  16. Restoring WhatsApp data to iPhone

    Restoring WhatsApp data to iPhone

You can also watch the video guide on how to transfer WhatsApp from Android to iPhone:

If you ever backup WhatsApp chats to Google Drive, you can also restore your WhatsApp backup from Google Drive to your iPhone.

Steps to restore WhatsApp chats from Google Drive to iPhone:

  1. Click Back Up > Backup via Google Drive.
  2. Transfer WhatsApp using Google Drive backup

    Transfer WhatsApp using Google Drive backup

  3. Log into your Google Drive.
  4. Sign in Google Drive account

    Log into your Google Drive

  5. Select the backup history you need. Click Continue, and your Google Drive WhatsApp data will be downloaded to the computer right away.
  6. Download Google Drive WhatsApp backup

    Download Google Drive WhatsApp backup

  7. Enter your Country Code and Phone Number. Click Verify.
  8. Verify WhatsApp backup account

    Verify WhatsApp backup account

  9. Once the download is complete, click Restore Now.
  10. Google Drive WhatsApp backup is ready

    Google Drive WhatsApp backup is ready

  11. Connect your iPhone to the computer with a USB cable.
  12. Right-click your backup file. Tab Restore to phone > iPhone.
  13. Restore Google Drive WhatsApp backup to iPhone

    Restore Google Drive WhatsApp backup to iPhone

  14. All your WhatsApp chats will be restored to the iPhone.
  15. Restoring WhatsApp data to iPhone

    Restoring WhatsApp data to iPhone

Via Samsung Account

Samsung officially released a method for its users to take a backup of WhatsApp and restore it without uninstalling it. Here are the steps, pros and cons of restoring via Samsung account.

Steps

  1. Launch Settings on your Samsung phone.
  2. Tap Accounts and backup > Backup and restore > Backup data.
  3. Backup WhatsApp via Samsung account

    Backup WhatsApp via Samsung account

  4. You might be asked to sign in to your Samsung account.
  5. Choose WhatsApp and tap Backup.
  6. Tap 'Done' when the process is finished.
  7. To restore WhatsApp backup, Tap Settings > Accounts and backup > Backup and restore > Restore data.
  8. Restore WhatsApp via Smsung account

    Restore WhatsApp via Smsung account

  9. Select WhatsApp to restore/transfer.
  10. Tap Install to restore your Apps screen and Home screen.

Pros

  • The method is fast and can be followed easily.
  • The method does not require uninstalling.
  • You do not need a computer.
  • Samsung account offers 15 GB of free memory.

Cons

  • It is only compatible with Samsung devices.
  • It takes a lot of space, and you may have to upgrade the storage package.
  • The method does not restore WhatsApp to other Android or iPhones.

Via WhatsAppHelper

WhatsAppHelper is a free tool developed for users to transfer WhatsApp from Android to iPhone without uninstalling WhatsApp. The tool requires you to back up your data on your PC before using it. To backup, Mobitrix's customized version of WhatsApp or GBWhatsApp are recommended options to use.

Steps

  1. Download WhatsAppHelper and open "WhatsAppHelper.exe"
  2. Import WhatsApp Android backup

    Import WhatsApp Android backup

  3. Select the "Import" option and choose your Android WhatsApp backup folder.
  4. Data analyze for WhatsApp transfer

    Analyze data for WhatsApp transfer

  5. Please wait for it to complete and display your WhatsApp number.
  6. Connect iPhone to WhatsAppHelper

    Connect iPhone to WhatsAppHelper

  7. Connect the iPhone device to your computer, and it will show related information.
  8. Transfer WhatsApp data to your iPhone

    Transfer WhatsApp data to your iPhone

  9. Select "Transfer Data to iPhone" to start restoring data to iPhone.
  10. WhatsApp data has been transferred to iPhone

    WhatsApp data has been transferred to iPhone

  11. Let the procedure finish.

Note: It may take more time, depending on the amount of your data. Plus, do not panic if your phone restarts after the procedure is completed.

Pros

  • The tool is completely free and easy to use.
  • You will not have to uninstall your WhatsApp.

Cons

  • It will transfer your data for the last 2 months.
  • It only transfers WhatsApp chats and data from Android to iPhone.
  • You will only be able to recover thumbnails of media files.

How to Restore WhatsApp Backup from Google drive?

WhatsApp lets you backup your chats and data to Google drive manually or automatically. This backup can be restored if you accidentally deleted your WhatsApp data, or you can use the same procedure to transfer your WhatsApp messages to a new phone.

Here is how to restore your Google Drive WhatsApp backup:

  1. Uninstall WhatsApp.
  2. Launch WhatsApp on your device after reinstalling.
  3. Click on Agree and Continue and enter your phone number for verification.
  4. Agree and Continue to Restore WhatsApp Backup Google drive

    Agree and Continue to Restore WhatsApp Backup

  5. Choose Next > Continue > Allow > Restore.
  6. Restore WhatsApp Backup from Google Drive

    Restore WhatsApp Backup from Google Drive

  7. All your WhatsApp chats will be restored to your Android phone.

Note: While uninstalling, your local backup of WhatsApp data will be deleted.

Pros

  • The steps are easy to follow.
  • The procedure does not require a computer.

Cons

  • It requires you to uninstall and reinstall your WhatsApp.
  • The procedure takes a lot of time or might get stuck also.
  • This method does not restore WhatsApp on iPhones.

How to Restore Backup in WhatsApp from local drive (without Google Drive)?

WhatsApp offers you to back up your chats and data to Google Drive or local storage. You can choose to backup locally in case you do not have much space left on your drive. Here are the steps, pros and cons of restoring WhatsApp backup from local storage.

Steps

  1. Install WhatsApp on your Android phone but don't log in to your account.
  2. Tap Settings > About phone > Software information to check your system's version.
  3. Restore WhatsApp steps

    check your systerm's version

  4. Launch file manager and go to internal storage.
  5. Find the "WhatsApp" folder and locate the databases folder.
  6. For Android 11 or higher: Move your "WhatsApp" folder to the Android phone's SD card directory "Android/media/com.WhatsApp/WhatsApp". You might have to create it manually if it does not exist.
    For Android 10 or lower: Move your "WhatsApp" folder to the SD Card of your Android phone
  7. Launch your WhatsApp and verify your phone number.
  8. Launch your WhatsApp and verify your phone number

    launch your WhatsApp and verify your phone number

  9. Select Restore when prompted to restore your data from the local backup
  10. Restore Backup

    restore backup from local drive

Pros

  • The method restores deleted WhatsApp chats and does not limit you to Google Drive.
  • It is faster than restoring via Google Drive.

Cons

  • The procedure is somewhat more complex than others.

How to Restore Whatsapp Backup from iCloud?

iCloud keeps a backup of your important chats and data on WhatsApp so you can easily recover it in times of need. Before moving on, make sure to fulfil these requirements:

  • Ensure you are signed in with the same Apple ID on WhatsApp and iCloud.
  • Free up space on iCloud twice the size of the actual backup.
  • Backups cannot be transferred between different numbers, so use the same phone number for backup and restoring WhatsApp.

Steps

  1. Check your WhatsApp settings to know the latest status of the backup.
  2. Uninstall your WhatsApp from your iPhone and reinstall it.
  3. Launch WhatsApp and tap Agree and Continue
  4. Launch WhatsApp to Restore Backup from iCloud

    Launch WhatsApp to Restore Backup from iCloud

  5. Enter your phone number and iCloud ID for verification.
  6. Tap Restore > Restore Now to restore from iCloud.
  7. restore whatsapp from icloud

    Restore WhatsApp from iCloud

  8. All your WhatsApp chats will be restored to your iPhone.

Pros

  • You are not bound to a computer to follow steps.
  • iCloud also lets you restore deleted files if they are backed up.

Cons

  • The process of restoring via iCloud is slow.

How to restore WhatsApp backup with iTunes?

Did you use iTunes to back up your WhatsApp messages and chats? If yes, you should use the same medium, i.e. iTunes, to restore it successfully.

Steps to restore WhatsApp backup via iTunes

  1. Ensure that the version of iTunes you're running on your computer and iPhone is up to date.
  2. Now connect your iPhone to the computer using the device's lightning cable and open iTunes if it doesn't open automatically. Click on the "Device icon" from the left-hand side.
  3. Click on "Back up Now" in iTunes to begin the backup process. Keep the device connected to the computer until the process is complete. Your WhatsApp messages will be included in the backup.
  4. Backup date

    Back up Now

  5. By clicking on Restore Backup, you can restore them to the iPhone.

Note: Make sure to not disconnect your phone from the computer until the process is completed.

Pros

  • It keeps up with your privacy by storing WhatsApp in encrypted form.
  • By backing up WhatsApp to your computer, you get rid of iCloud storage limits.

Cons

  • It requires you to uninstall and reinstall your WhatsApp.
  • You can't specifically backup WhatsApp. You'll need to back up your entire iPhone, which takes up space on your computer.
  • You can permanently lose your WhatsApp data if you do not remember the password as iTunes backup data in an encrypted way.
  • The procedure is very lengthy and complicated, which increases the chance of errors.

Q1. Where is WhatsApp backup stored?

By default, Android WhatsApp Backups are stored in the local storage of your phone or Google Drive.

You can check local backup by following these steps:

  1. Open file manager and go to internal storage.
  2. Locate the WhatsApp folder and select databases.
  3. You will see the backup folder.
  4. via local backup

    via local backup

How to Find Google Drive WhatsApp Backup:

  1. Open Drive.Google.com and sign in with your Google Account.
  2. Sign in Google account

    Sign in Google account

  3. Tap on the Settings icon (gear icon) and choose settings to open.
  4. Google account settings

    Google account settings

  5. Select Manage Apps.
  6. Manage apps on Google account

    Manage apps on Google account

  7. Scroll down in the list of apps to locate Whatsapp messenger.
  8. Find WhatsApp backup on Google Drive

    Find WhatsApp backup on Google Drive

  9. Google Drive only allows you to Disconnect from Drive or delete hidden WhatsApp data.
  10. Google Drive WhatsApp backup options

    Google Drive WhatsApp backup options

iPhone WhatsApp backup are stored on iCloud, but unfortunately, there is no available way to locate them.

Q2. Does uninstalling WhatsApp delete your data?

Yes, all your messages and data, including pictures, audios, videos, and docs, will be deleted once you hit the uninstall button for your WhatsApp. Remember to take backup of WhatsApp before uninstalling it.

Summary

As a major message app used across India, Europe and America, WhatsApp keeps us connected with our families, friends and clients.

If you are still searching for how to transfer WhatsApp data from android to iphone, those chat histories are definitely meaningful and special for you.

In this article, we touched on the 4 effective ways you can transfer WhatsApp from Android to iPhone: Mobitrix WhatsApp transfer, WhatsAppTrans Box, WhatsAppTrans and email.

We also stated clearly why our exclusive pro tool – Mobitrix WhatsApp Transfer– remains the best, simplest and safest option to try.

There are various ways also mentioned in this article. No matter which method you choose, you should do it now and do it today. Let's keep all the memories!