How to recover WhatsApp conversations on iPhone

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From ForDataRecovery.com we want to offer you all the necessary information so you can recover your WhatsApp conversations on your iPhone, for this you must have access to your ICloud and have generated a backup, this way you will get back all your chats. If you want to know all the details step by step do not miss our post !

You just installed WhatsApp on a new iPhone but you can't recover the conversations you had on your old "apple"? Do not despair, there is probably a problem in the iCloud settings or you have skipped a step, nothing irreparable.


To transfer WhatsApp chats from one iPhone to another, both devices must be connected to the same Apple ID and have the same phone number. You also have to enable iCloud data sync and make sure iCloud Drive is enabled on both phones. When all these conditions are met, WhatsApp automatically detects the backup files in iCloud and gives the user the option to restore all conversations.

At this point, what I recommend you do is: check the iCloud connection on your old iPhone (assuming you still have one), create a new backup of your chats, check the iCloud connection on your new phone and reinstall WhatsApp. If all goes well, when the initial phone number verification is complete, the app should automatically detect your iCloud backup and ask you if you want to recover your WhatsApp conversations from your iPhone. Try it now!

How to recover WhatsApp conversations from backup

If you created a backup of your conversations on an old iPhone and now want to transfer them to a new "apple", you can restore your messages simply by using the iCloud Messages Recovery feature, which starts automatically when you install WhatsApp on a smartphone associated with the same phone number and iCloud account as the old one. The same procedure can be used to reinstall WhatsApp on an iPhone that has had it installed in the past.


What to do on your old iPhone


Do you still have your old iPhone? Well, take the device, insert the SIM card you use in your new "apple" and turn it on. Then go to the settings panel (by pressing the gear icon located on the home screen) and make sure that the iCloud settings are configured correctly.

Make sure your photo is at the top of the screen or, if not, sign in to your iPhone with your iCloud account (by clicking on the appropriate menu option). Once you have verified that you have an iCloud account or that you are signed in, click on your name, then on the iCloud icon and check that the iCloud Drive setting is active. If iCloud Drive is not active, move the toggle switch next to it to ON. Then repeat the same process for WhatsApp, which should be at the bottom of the menu.

Now, launch WhatsApp and repeat the phone number verification (you may have lost access on your old phone because you installed the app on another iPhone). Next, select the Settings tab at the bottom right, go to Chats, select Backup Chats and start backing up your iCloud conversations by clicking the Backup Now button. If you want to include videos attached to messages in the backup, move the Include videos switch to the ON position.


What to do on your new iPhone


Okay, now you are ready to restore chats on your new iPhone. Insert the SIM card back into the device and open Settings to make sure that the account associated with the phone is the same as the one on the old iPhone and that iCloud Drive is working. If this is not the case, sign in to iCloud with the Apple ID you used on the other phone and activate the iCloud Drive and WhatsApp switches as described above.

You will now need to delete WhatsApp from your phone (this will delete any messages you may have on the app). Press and hold your finger on the app icon until it starts to "dance", press the "x" in the top left corner and confirm that you want to delete the app by responding to the delete prompt that appears on the screen.

Once you're done with this step, all you have to do is reinstall WhatsApp on your iPhone (just search for it in the App Store), launch the app and follow the initial setup process as normal. If all goes well, after verifying your number, WhatsApp will detect your iCloud backup and ask you if you want to restore it.


Click the Restore Chat History button and within seconds the WhatsApp iPhone conversation recovery process will be completed automatically. Of course, in addition to your conversations, you will also find all your settings, group subscriptions and other data related to your account.

iTunes and iCloud backups.

If you have created a backup of your iPhone on your computer using iTunes (Apple's media software available as a free download and installed "as standard" on all Macs) or iCloud (Apple's cloud storage service), you can try to recover your WhatsApp messages using iCloud. Note, however, that these procedures require a full restore of iOS and return the device to the state it was in on the date of the backup. Personally, I do not recommend these procedures, except in extreme cases.

Restoring archived conversations

Have you accidentally archived a conversation on WhatsApp and don't know how to recover it? No problem. Go to the Chats section of the app, drag the screen down and select the Archived Chats item at the top.

Then locate the conversation you want to restore, drag your finger from right to left over its title and click the Extract button that appears on the right. Is there anything easier than this?

How to recover deleted WhatsApp conversations


Have you formatted your iPhone and want to recover the conversations you had on WhatsApp? Sorry, but without an iCloud backup, this is almost impossible to achieve.

If you want, you can try scanning your phone's memory with one of the programs that can do the job, such as Dr.Fone by Wondershare, but beware: the software is expensive (it costs 58 euros on Windows and 66.39 euros on macOS, but it is available in a free trial version that allows you to see the recoverable data). Moreover, the hopes that you can get the desired result are not very high (as WhatsApp messages may have been quickly overwritten in the device's memory after being deleted).

If you are determined to proceed, head to the Dr.Fone website and download the version of the program for Apple iOS devices by clicking on the download button for Windows or macOS, depending on the operating system you use on your computer.

Once the download is complete, if you are using Windows, open the drfone-for-ios_full[version].exe file you just downloaded on your PC and click the Yes button and then click the OK button. Next, check the box next to I accept the terms of the license agreement and finish the installation by clicking the Next button three times in a row and then Finish. If you are using a Mac, open the dmg package containing Dr.Fone, click the OK button, drag the program to the macOS Applications folder and you're done.

Once the installation is complete, connect your iPhone to your computer (if you use Windows, make sure you have iTunes installed on your computer), start Dr.Fone, click the Recover (or Recover) button and wait for communication with the phone. At this point, make sure that the Recover from iOS device option is selected in the left sidebar, check the box next to WhatsApp and attachments, click the Start Scan button and wait for the recoverable WhatsApp messages and attachments to be displayed (if available).

If the operation seems to be stuck at 99%, click the button to close the window, say you want to cancel the operation, and you should see the data recovery screen. Then choose from the sidebar on the left whether you want to recover WhatsApp messages or attachments (by selecting an option from WhatsApp and WhatsApp Attachments), place a check mark next to the items you want to recover, and click the Export button (bottom right) to complete the operation. Data recovery is only available in the paid version of Dr.Fone.

If you have saved iPhone backups made with iTunes on your computer or if you have iPhone backups saved in iCloud, you can recover data from them by selecting iTunes Backup Recovery and iCloud Backup Recovery in the left sidebar.

If Dr.Fone fails to do the job, you can turn to alternative solutions, such as EaseUS MobiSaver, which is also paid with a free trial version and is available on both Windows and macOS: I told you about it in more detail in my tutorial on how to recover deleted photos from iPhone.

Frequently asked questions and answers

In official terms, WhatsApp does not allow the restoration of deleted messages since, once the user deletes them, they disappear from the cell phone that received them and the one that sent them without leaving any trace on the company's servers (WhatsApp does not save the messages).
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Connect your iPhone with PC via USB cable.
Open PhoneRescue for iOS and choose Recover from iOS device and click the right arrow.
Step 2Select WhatsApp, click OK.
Step 3Select the conversations you want, recover them to device or computer.

Restore texts from an iCloud backup Step 1: Go to Settings> Name> iCloud> iCloud Backup.
Step 2: Make sure the backup in iCloud Backup is enabled.
Step 3: Erase your iPhone in Settings> General> Restore.
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