When most people need to transfer WhatsApp data from Android to iPhone, they often wonder if they can restore a WhatsApp backup from Google Drive to iPhone.
Well, this article will answer this question.
It is important to note that restoring Google Drive to iPhone is not easy. In fact, there is no way to do it directly.
While a Google Drive backup can be very useful in helping to keep your WhatsApp data safe, it will not be very useful to you when you want to move the WhatsApp chats to an iOS device.
This is because WhatsApp for iOS is vastly different from WhatsApp for Android. WhatsApp for iOS is only compatible with iCloud and WhatsApp for Android with Google Drive.
These two platforms also use vastly different encryption protocols.
Therefore, to restore WhatsApp from Google Drive backup to iPhone, you will need to use a 3rd-party tool to finish the transfer.
It is not currently possible to transfer WhatsApp directly from Google Drive to iPhone for the reasons we have discussed above.
But there are some WhatsApp transfer tools that can be used to act as a bridge to help you move the data between the two devices.
Here’s how to do that using one of the best third-party tools in the market:
The first thing you need to do to restore WhatsApp from Google Drive to iPhone is to restore the backup to an Android device first.
This will make the backup available for use. Here’s how to do it:
Step 1: Begin by installing WhatsApp on the Android device. If the app is already installed on the device, delete it and then reinstall it.
Step 2: Follow the on-screen instructions to setup the app and verify your phone number. Ensure that it is the same phone number that you used to create the backup you Google Drive Backup.
Step 3: When the verification process is complete, WhatsApp will detect the Google Drive Backup. Click “Restore” and wait for the backup to be restored to the Android device.
With the WhatsApp data now back on to the Android device, you can now use this WhatsApp transfer to transfer the data from Android to iPhone. Follow these simple steps to do it:
Step 1: Download and install the software on your computer and then select “WhatsApp Transfer” to begin. Then connect both the Android device and the iPhone to the computer via USB cable.
Step 2: Click on “WhatsApp” on the left panel and then select “Transfer WhatsApp Messages” on the right.
Step 3: You should then see both devices appear on the screen. Make sure that the devices are in the correct order.
The Android device should be the “Source” device and the “Destination” should be the iPhone. If this order is incorrect, click “Flip” to change it.
Step 4: Click “Start” to begin the transfer process. Keep both devices to the computer and the software will let you know the process is complete.
You will now be able to access the WhatsApp chats and attachments on the iPhone.
Of the many WhatsApp transfer tools in the market, this WhatsApp Transfer is one of the best.
Not only it is easy to use, but it also a complete solution for the management of your WhatsApp data.
The following is a breakdown of its main features:
Another way you can do it is to restore the backup to your Android device and then export the chats to your iPhone. Follow these steps to do it:
Step 1: Install the WhatsApp application on your Android device from the Google Play Store. If you already have the app on your device, delete it and reinstall it.
Step 2: Set up the app and verify your phone number. When the verification process is complete WhatsApp will detect the restore, select “Restore” to restore the backup to the device.
Step 3: When the restore is complete, open WhatsApp and tap on the menu (three-dotted lines) at the top to select “Settings.”
Step 4: Then go to Chat > Chat History and then select “Export Chat.” Select the chat that you would like to export to begin the process.
Step 5: Select the “Gmail” icon to use the email to send the exported chat. Enter the email address (ideally your own email address) and then hit “Send.”
On your iPhone, open the email and you will be able to download the exported chat.
Please note, however, that this method can only be used to send one chat at a time and you will only be able to access the chats as log files.
In other words, the chats cannot be viewed on WhatsApp for iOS.
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