How to Restore WhatsApp Backup from Google Drive to iPhone in 2020

When replacing a new mobile phone, it will be a headache problem to transfer the mobile phone data. Experienced iPhone users will choose to back up iPhone data with iTunes, then restore all the data to the new phone by restoring the backup. However, this transferring method is not applicable to transfer to Android devices. So how can users who switch from Android to iPhone can quickly transfer Android data to the iPhone? Especially for the valuable data of WhatsApp chat history.

There is the inbuilt backup settings for WhatsApp messages on both the Android and iOS devices, which are Google Drive and iCloud backup. Hence, it is not that difficult to restore WhatsApp backup from Google drive to iPhone. In this article, we intend to share some tips to transfer WhatsApp from Google drive to iPhone running iOS 12 or other iOS versions.

1. Is It Possible to Restore WhatsApp Backup from Google Drive to iPhone

The answer is No. The encryption protocols that Google drive uses are incompatible with iPhone/iPad system. In other word, the WhatsApp messages backed up to Goole Drive cannot be directly retired to iPhone. We can give you a more detailed explanation if you are not aware of it. The encryption given to Google drive guarantees that the WhatsApp messages backed up to it cannot be hacked or interrupted by harmful hackers. Nevertheless, the encryption protocols that iPhone adopt is different from Android devices. To put it more directly, there are no straightforward methods to transfer WhatsApp backup from Google drive to iPhone.

Hence, keep reading and follow the solutions below to restore WhatsApp messages from Goole drive and manage the data on your iPhone.

2. Restore WhatsApp to iPhone via Email

You can simply transfer all of your WhatsApp messages from the Android device to iPhone via Email. But it's important to know that you can only check the whatsApp messages by opening the Email, since they are not really transmitted to the WhatsApp on your iOS devices.

Step 1. On the home screen of your iPhone, click on the icon of WhatsApp application to run the app.

Step 2. You can swipe up and down to choose the WhatsApp chat history you need to transfer and tap on the contact’s name at the top of the screen.

Step 3. On this interface then click on ‘Export Chat’. From here, you can choose to export the chat history with or without media files. Attaching media will generate a larger chat archive.

Step 4. A list of apps that can bed used to transfer the WhatsApp chat history will pop up. Select the app of ‘Mail’ and enter the Email address that you have access to. Then click on ‘Send’.

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3. How to Restore WhatsApp Backup from Google Drive to Android

WhatsApp messages cannot be directly restored from Google Drive to devices with iOS system, but it can be restored to Android devices including Huawei, One Plus, Samsung, Sony, HTC, etc. You can do as the following steps.

Back Up WhatsApp Messages to Google Drive

Before restoring from Google Drive to Android devices, the WhatsApp messages should be backed up to Google Drive first. It is very easy to make a backup.

Step 1. On the main interface of WhatsApp application, click on Settings option.

Step 2. Click on Chats and Chat Backup, then hit on ‘Back Up’ to back up the chat history and media files.

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Restore from Google Drive to iPhone

Then how to restore WhatsApp backup from Google Drive to iPhone after the backup? The following steps will show you how to do that in detail.

Step 1. Uninstall the WhatsApp application from your Android device. Then reinstall the app on another Android device that you would like to restore the whatsApp messages to.

Step 2. After the installation, you will be prompted to enter the phone number of the old Android device for verification. After the verification, the WhatsApp chat history will start to be restored to your new Android device.

Step 3. Then click on ‘Restore’ button. After the restoring process is finished, you can open the whatsApp on the device to check the chat history restored from Google drive.

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4. How to Recover Deleted WhatsApp Messages from iPhone

After the whatsApp messages are restored to your iPhone, you may be in need to recover the whatsApp messages if you delete them by accident. Here is a fantastic program to recover your iPhone data with or without backup: FoneGeek iPhone data recovery. This program is capable of recovering all of your iPhone, iPad data without reinstalling the iOS system. And it works with all iOS versions, like iOS 12, iOS 11, etc.


You will know how to use this iPhone Data Recovery to get deleted WhatsApp messages back by following the step-by-step below. Start by downloading and installing the program on your windows or Mac.

Step 1. Run the program and hit ‘Recover from iOS Device’ on the left menu.

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Step 2. Ensure that your iPhone is well connected to computer and make the device trusted with the program. Then choose ‘WhatsApp’ to scan.

Step 3. Lastly, click the ‘Recover’ button to export the deleted whatsApp messages to your computer.

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We understand how frustrating it is when you don’t have solutions to restore WhatsApp backup from Google Drive to iPhone directly. You can choose to transfer whatsApp messages one by one via sending through Email. You can also use the 2nd method if you need to restore them to your Android device. Furthermore, the last method will be workable for you if you need to recover deleted WhatsApp messages.


By Joan J. Mims

Posted on Jun 06, 2018, 16:22:12

Joan J. Mims is interested in researching all tips about iPhone, iPad and Android. He loves to share useful ideas with all users.