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How to restore WhatsApp messages to iPhone

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Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but WhatsApp is where she stores her friendly chats. Gender matters aside, messengers are an important part of our lives, and no one wants to part from their message history. Life is unpredictable though, and if you are here it means that you are looking for how to restore WhatsApp messages to iPhone.

To recover deleted WhatsApp messages, you do need a backup from iTunes or iCloud. If you don’t know how to search for backups, let us help.

Or, find a way to restore WhatsApp chats after deletion below:

How to restore WhatsApp messages on PC automatically

If you are not sure whether you made any backups at all or don’t remember what services you used and where you put the files – please follow our lead. We have a program named CopyTrans Backup Extractor.

CopyTrans Backup Extractor can:

Find iPhone backups made with iTunes OR iCloud;
Recover deleted WhatsApp messages to PC in a readable format;
Save attachments from a conversation.

CopyTrans Backup extractor can also help if your backup is corrupt and cannot be read by iTunes. For other actions to take if your iPhone backup is corrupt, please see our guide.

So, here is how to perform WhatsApp restore to PC:

  1. To get started with CopyTrans Backup Extractor, download it on your PC:

    Download CopyTrans Backup Extractor

    For installation instructions, follow the installation guide.

  2. Run the program and log in to iCloud if you want to find more backups. Once ready, click “Find Backups”.
    Find iPhone backups with CopyTrans Backup Extractor
  3. Wait for the backup hunt to be complete. You will see a list of all available backups: choose the one that contains your WhatsApp messages.

    If you are restoring from iTunes backup, you may be asked for a backup password. What password?

    ☁️ iCloud backups will be marked with a cloud icon and they are never password-protected.

    Enter the iPhone backup password in CopyTrans Backup Extractor

  4. Select WhatsApp messages from the list of components, then click on “Next” and select the folder. Your message will be extracted there in pdf extension.

  5. How to restore WhatsApp messages from iPhone

  6. Wait while all your messages are being unloaded to your PC.

    Extracting iPhone messages to PC with CopyTrans Backup Extractor

  7. Done! Your messages are waiting in the chosen folder on your PC.

How to see deleted WhatsApp messages in a folder

Once your WhatsApp messages were extracted to computer, you will see a success screen.

  1. Here, choose “Go to folder” to open the directory with the restored messages.

    See recovered WhatsApp messages in a folder

  2. You will see a folder with .PDF documents in it. Double-click on the file to view the contents of the chat.

    ➕ Attachments from the conversation will be saved in a folder under the same name.

    How to recover deleted messages iPhone result

    Here is how to view deleted WhatsApp messages in a folder.

Ways to recover deleted WhatsApp messages: summary table

These are the basic ways that you can restore deleted or lost WhatsApp messages if you have an iPhone. Use the first way if you are not sure when you last made your backup or whether you have it at all. Use iTunes or iCloud methods if you are used to backing up regularly and are sure of when you made the backup.

Functions 💻 iTunes

👾 CopyTrans Backup Extractor ☁️iCloud
Find iTunes backups on your PC
Find your iCloud backups
Recover deleted WhatsApp messages to PC
Save chat attachments to a PC folder
Restore WhatsApp messages to your iPhone Possible with
CopyTrans Shelbee
Recover iPhone data without overwriting settings, calendars, notes, etc.
Read corrupt iPhone backups

How to recover deleted WhatsApp chat using iTunes

If you are back up your iPhone regularly using iTunes, then you have an option to restore from iTunes.

⚠️ Please be warned: restoring iPhone with iTunes will rewrite all the data on your device. If you just want your messages as a text file on your computer, better use CopyTrans Backup Extractor. ⚠️

Otherwise, here is how to restore deleted WhatsApp chat through full iTunes restore:

  1. Launch iTunes on your computer.
  2. Connect your iPhone to your PC and wait for iTunes to recognize the device.
  3. In the top-left corner of the app, choose File → Devices → Restore from Backup.

    How to recover deleted WhatsApp messages using iTunes

  4. You will see a menu, containing all the backups available with date. Choose the backup you need and press “Restore”.

    Choose messages for WhatsApp recovery with iTunes

If your backup is encrypted, you will be prompted for a password. Here is an article from Apple about encrypted backups.

Also, sometimes it happens that iTunes cannot read the backup, showing the following message:

messages cannot be extracted because messages is corrupt

It happens because iTunes does not validate backup upon creation. If you have encountered this problem, read this guide on how to deal with corrupt iPhone backup.

How to retrieve deleted messages on WhatsApp using iCloud

This method is very effective if you need to move WhatsApp from an older to a newer iPhone, or if you have accidentally deleted the messages, but have a recent backup with iCloud.

⚠️ Please be warned: restoring iPhone from iCloud will rewrite all the data on your device. If you just want your messages as a text file on your computer, better use CopyTrans Backup Extractor. ⚠️

To check when the last iCloud backup was made, take your iPhone, launch WhatsApp → Settings → Chats → Chat Backup. You will see the date of the latest backup on the screen.

See the date of the last iCloud backup

If you don’t mind erasing some iPhone data, here is how to get deleted messages from WhatsApp using iCloud:

  1. After making sure you have recently made a backup with iCloud (see above), delete WhatsApp from your device.

  2. Sign into your iCloud account with your Apple ID (“Settings” → “Sign in to your iPhone” iOS 10 and above, Settings → iCloud for less recent iOS versions).

  3. log in to iCloud with iOS 10 and above

  4. Install WhatsApp again launch it. Tap “Agree & Continue” to accept the terms of service and enter your phone number (it must be the same as before: you can’t restore chat history from a different number). Enter the validating code. You will then be offered to restore your messages from iCloud. This is a one-time offer! Press “Restore Chat History”.

  5. How to recover WhatsApp deleted chat using iCloud

  6. Your messages have been restored!

If you would like to transfer more than just WhatsApp messages – for example, settings, photos and apps – we recommend the program called CopyTrans Shelbee, which can make a full or custom restore to devices.

Thank you for reading our guide! Now you know how to recover WhatsApp messages to PC in all possible ways.

Do not forget to back up your iPhone regularly and you’ll be fine no matter what!

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By Maria CopyTrans

Maria is our tech support specialist who takes a particular delight in languages, games, experiments and concert whistling. Tweet tweet.