How To Restore WhatsApp Backup On Android [From Local Backup or Cloud]

Fortune Osinachi
Fortune Osinachi - Freelance Writer
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If you have recently switched phones or reset your device, you may be wondering how to restore your WhatsApp Backup from your local backup or through Google Drive.

If something unexpected happens to your phone, you can easily restore conversations and media files from the cloud backup.

Restoring your WhatsApp messages and media is a relatively straightforward process that can be done in just a few steps.

In this article, you’ll learn how to restore WhatsApp backup from your local storage or Google Drive on Android.

How To Restore WhatsApp Backup on Android (Google Drive Backup)

The process of restoring WhatsApp backup from Google Drive on your Android phone is the same for all Android device.

If you already have WhatsApp backup on your Google Drive account, quickly uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp on the device and do the setup again.

To do this, make sure you are logged in to the Google Account you created the backup on and do the steps below.

Step 1: Delete and reinstall WhatsApp

On your Android phone, after deleting WhatsApp, reinstall it again.

Step 2: Open WhatsApp

When the reinstalling process is complete, open WhatsApp on your device. Then tap the Agree and Continue button.

Step 3: Choose Country & Enter your phone Number

You’ll need to choose your country and enter your phone number to verify your account. Than tap NEXT.

Step 4: Enter Your Six-digit Code

On the next screen, enter the six-digit verification code WhatsApp sent to your phone number.

Step 4: Restore Backup

After verification, WhatsApp will detect and present your previous backup from Google Drive. Just click on Restore.

After you click on Restore, all your previously saved WhatsApp data will be restored.

Tap NEXT after the restoration and initialization are completed, and your chats will be displayed.

Alternatively, you can manually restore WhatsApp backup from your local backup.

How To Restore WhatsApp Backup From Your Internal Storage

If you choose to manually restore your WhatsApp Backup from your local backup data on your Android phone, do this.

Step 1: Go to the Files app

On your device, go to the Google Files app. Since WhatsApp data are saved on your internal storage, after you’ve opened the Files app, go to Internal storage/WhatsApp/Backups.

Step 2: Change the Backup File Name

Now, change the name of the backup file to what you’ll remember without tampering with the crypt extension number.

You can use this msgstore.db.crypt14, just make sure you do not change the number of the crypt extension.

This is if you’re restoring from an older backup of your WhatsApp data. If the Backup is between 1-7 days there’s no need to make changes to the file name.

Step 3: Uninstall and Reinstall WhatsApp

After renaming the backup file via the Files app, uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp.

Step 4: Open WhatsApp

Open WhatsApp, tap Agree and Continue. After that, choose your country and phone number.

Step 5: Verify WhatsApp

Verify your WhatsApp by entering the Six-digit code sent to your number.

Step 6: Select Backup File

Select the backup file found and tap on Restore.

Step 7: Tap Restore

Tap the RESTORE button that appears next to SKIP to start the restoration process. Just wait for it to finish and your backed-up WhatsApp data will be restored.


When you want to restore WhatsApp from a local backup on your Android device, it can be done with the guidelines here.

All you need to know concerning how to restore WhatsApp from local backup on your Android phone is in this article.

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You can find and restore Google Drive WhatsApp backup when you've verified your country and phone number in WhatsApp.

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By Fortune Osinachi Freelance Writer
Fortune Osinachi is an experienced freelance tech writer specializing in consumer technology. With 5 years of expertise, he delves into comprehensive guides for iOS, macOS, and Windows on Techvocast. His work also extends to prominent online media platforms including What Gadget, iGeekPhone, Xiaomitoday, and MobiGaming.
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