4 Solutions on Backup & Restore Whatsapp Data on iPhone

--Wednesday, Dec.21, 2016

As a social messaging app enjoys worldwide popularity, WhatsApp is becoming a commodity somehow. People just cannot get used to being without it, and I am one of them. I've stored so many chats on WhatsApp, because I'd like to keep them as part of my memories. Thanks to that, I form a good habit of backing up WhatsApp data regularly. When a friend of mine came to me days ago asking for the help to get her accidentally deleted WhatsApp chats back, it sticks on me that some people might not yet know how to backup & restore WhatsApp, so that's why I'd like to post this guide for whoever in need. Now, let's start with the importance of a WhatsApp backup. 

Importance: Why is It Necessary to Make a Backup?

Have you ever considered making a backup for your WhatsApp chat history? If not, read on and you will raise the awareness of the importance of having a backup.

It is a safeguard to back up current data on WhatsApp in case of the situations like:

1.Mistakenly remove one or multiple chats from WhatsApp.

2.Accidentally uninstall WhatsApp from iPhone

3.iPhone is broken/damaged/lost/stolen.

4.Switch to a new iPhone.

5.WhatsApp data lost due to any reason.

Under such circumstances, it would be easier to get previous WhatsApp data back if you're having a backup for WhatsApp. You can restore lost data from backups without a hitch. Here are four methods to do a backup and restore a backup for WhatsApp, you might as well check them out.

Importance of Backing up WhatsApp

Method 1: Backup & Restore WhatsApp Data via Once Click

WhatsApp Manager, well-known as WhatsApp Transfer, Backup & Restore, is a refined software developed into transferring, backing up and recovering WhatsApp data. Check out the following steps and see how it works.

Backup via WhatsApp Manager within a Click

Step 1. Connect iPhone to Software

After the installment, please launch WhatsApp Manager on your Mac or PC. Next, go to "More Tools" > "WhatsApp Transfer, Backup & Restore". There are four features for you.

Home Page of WhatsApp

Please click on and select "Backup WhatsApp messages". Now, as it prompts, connect your iPhone to the software.

Conenect iPhone to Software

Step 2. Backup with One Click

Now, you're able to see a "Backup" button on the screen. Please hit the button to start backing up your WhatsApp data. When it's done, you are also able to "View it". You can check out the WhatsApp conversations in detail along with the images intact.

Note that you need to restore media and audio files in order to preview them.

Done Backing up

Restore via WhatsApp Manager within a Click

Actually, users can choose to restore previous backup files of WhatsApp to an iOS or Android device with ease.

Step 1. Choose a Backup to Restore

Open WhatsApp Manager, select "More Tools" on the left panel and then choose "WhatsApp Transfer, Backup & Restore". According to your need, please select "Restore WhatsApp messages to iOS device" or "Restore WhatsApp messages to Android device".

Home Page of WhatsApp

Then, the software will automatically scan and list previous backup files on the screen. Please choose one and tap on "Next" to continue.

Note that you are allowed to view backup files in detail before the restoration.

View WhatsApp Backup

Step 2. Restore WhatsApp to iOS/Android Device

Now, you will be prompted to connect your device to the software. Please plug in your iOS/Android device to the computer with USB cable. After the software detects your device, you can see a button reading "Restore". Please click on it. It takes time according to the size of your backup file. Then, you'll be prompted that "Restore completed".

Restore WhatsApp Completed

Method 2: Backup & Restore WhatsApp Contents via WhatsApp

In fact, WhatsApp itself supports users to backup and restore data right on the app. Your WhatsApp conversations will be uploaded and stored on its iCloud.

Backup via WhatsApp

Step 1. Run "WhatsApp" on your iPhone.

Step 2. Choose "Settings" option at the lower right of the screen.

Step 3. Tap on "Chats" and select "Chat Backup" option.

Step 4. Hit the "Back Up Now" button as to back up current contents.

Note that you are able to enable auto backup daily, weekly or monthly. Also, you can device whether to include videos in backups or not.

Restore via WhatsApp

Actually, it is unable to directly restore WhatsApp data on WhatsApp. You can search all the options in the "Settings". I bet you cannot find an option to restore backup on WhatsApp, so how to do it? Why not take a look at the following instructions.

Step 1 Uninstall WhatsApp on your iPhone.

Step 2. Re-download and re-install WhatsApp from App Store.

Step 2. Enter your phone number and log in WhatsApp.

Step 3. Click on "Restore" if prompted to restore from WhatsApp iCloud.

Step 4. Wait until it's all done.

Backup Restore via WhatsApp

Method 3: Backup & Restore WhatsApp Messages via iCloud

iCloud can also backup & restore apps on your iPhone, however, you won't view it on iCloud.com. Be sure that each user has free iCloud storage of 5GB. If you've got too many chats including media and audio files on WhatsApp, you might need an update for your iCloud storage.

Backup via iCloud

Step 1. Launch "Settings" app on iPhone.

Step 2. Scroll down and tap "iCloud" option.

Step 3. Scroll down and select "Backup" option.

Step 4. Tap "Back Up Now" and wait till it's done.

Restore via iCloud

Step 1. Open "Settings" on iPhone.

Step 2. Swipe down the screen and tap "General".

Step 3. Scroll down to the bottom and choose "Reset".

Step 4. Select "Erase All Content and Settings".

Step 5. Enter your paascode if prompted and tap "Erase iPhone".

Step 6. After iPhone reboots, choose "Restore from iCloud backup".

Backup Restore 

WhatsApp via iCloud

Method 4: Backup & Restore WhatsApp Chat History via iTunes

If you're worrying about whether the storage of iCloud is enough for your WhatsApp data. You might consider using iTunes instead. Also, you're not allowed to view WhatsApp conversations on iTunes.

Backup via iTunes

Step 1. Install and run the latest version of iTunes on Mac/PC.

Step 2. Connect your iPhone to iTunes on the computer.

Step 3. Click on "Phone-like" icon to enter "Summary" page.

Step 4. Choose "Back Up Now" to have iPhone backed up.

Note that you're allowed to do an iCloud backup via iTunes as well. Also, you can encrypt the backup files.

Restore via iTunes

Step 1. Perform the latest version of iTunes on Mac/PC.

Step 2. Plug in your iPhone to connect with iTunes.

Step 3. Enter "Summary" page via a touch of "Phone-like" icon.

Step 4. Select "Restore Backup..." option and choose a backup to restore.

Step 5. Wait until the restoration is done.

Backup Restore via iTunes

Review: Pros and Cons of Four Methods

Since there are four methods available, it might be confusing for you to make up your mind. Therefore, here's a table listing the advantages and disadvantages of different methods. You can check it out before you make your choice.

Comparison of Four Methods

After you finish reading this guide, I'm sure you'd be clear about how to backup & restore WhatsApp data. Don't forget to do a regular backup for your important chats. If you're still having any lingering questions, welcome to leave your comments below. I will try our best to help you out.

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