If you are already using a smartphone then the chances are high that you already know what WhatsApp means. But just in case you don’t, let’s dig into it. WhatsApp is a universal instant messaging app which allows you to connect and chat with everyone on your contact list who happens to be using WhatsApp. Since the inception of WhatsApp, the app has evolved a couple of times and now, the latest features on WhatsApp includes not just messaging but calls, file sharing, etc. Just like Facebook, WhatsApp allows users to create and participate in a group chat with other WhatsApp users.
So what if you change your phone and install a fresh WhatsApp but noticed that all the sweet chats you had with that babe or dude are all gone? I’m sure you would want to hit your head on the wall. But hey, don’t do that as this post hopes to guide you through the process of restoring all your WhatsApp messages on various smartphones and operating system.
RESTORING WHATSAPP MESSAGES ON IPHONE
For your messages to remain intact even when you change your phone you must have kept them somewhere previous, perhaps by running a backup. On the iPhone there are different ways to run a backup , but the easiest is by using iCloud backup. To do this you’ll need to take your old handset and go to WhatsApp Settings> Chats> Chat Backup and then tap Backup Now.
So when the need to restore your messages arise, just turn on your new handset, reinstall WhatsApp, confirm your phone number (which has to be the same as the one used on your old phone) and you will be prompted to restore your chat history. Agree to this and your backup should be installed.
To prevent future losses it’s advisable to go back to settings and enable the Auto Backup feature now, so you’ll be good to go next time.
RESTORING WHATSAPP MESSAGES ON AN ANDROID PHONE
Most Android smartphone come with an SD card so this should be very simple to do. Open the app then tap the Menu icon then go to Settings>Chats and calls > Backup Chats. This will now create a backup on your SD card, which you can then swap into your new handset. Reinstall WhatsApp on your replacement device (with the
SD card inserted) and the app should spot your backup and automatically restore the chat history.
RESTORING WHATSAPP MESSAGES ON ANDROID WITHOUT SD CARD
Just in case you are not too fortunate to have a device with SD card, don’t cry as you can still restore your conversations but you need a PC to do so or maybe a “File Manager” that can send a complete folder via Bluetooth or Xenda. The simple idea is to move the WhatsApp folder from your old phone to the new one and nothing more.
So, Attach the USB charging cord to the phone and then plug the other end into your PC. Windows should automatically install any
drivers you need, and then you can find the phone in the This PC section of File Explorer. Now look through the phone storage until you find the WhatsApp folder, then copy it onto your PC hard drive. Eject the phone, then connect your new handset and move the WhatsApp folder onto its internal storage. Eject the phone, reinstall WhatsApp, and when you confirm your number the backup should be recognized and you can restore it. With this done you should now have all your past conversations on your new Android phone.
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