How to restore WhatsApp backup

When restoring the backup, all messages and multimedia files that have been received up to the moment of creating the backup are recovered.

For this reason, if you want to recover any deleted files, in the following article we will explain how to restore WhatsApp backup.

Check that a backup copy exists

To begin with, it is necessary to ensure that a backup exists. To do so, log in to WhatsApp and press the three dots icon. Go to “Settings > Chats > Backup“, then choose the Google account where the backup will be stored and click on “Backup“. You can then restore it.

How to restore WhatsApp backup - Check that a backup exists

How to restore a WhatsApp backup?

To do so, it is necessary to uninstall the WhatsApp app and install it again, therefore, you must enter Google Play and type “WhatsApp” in the search bar. Then click on the first result and select “Uninstall“. At the end of the process, click on “Install” and once the installation is finished, enter the app.

With the help of the setup wizard, accept the necessary permissions and then enter the phone number. Proceed to verify it with the code received by SMS and then a message will appear notifying that there is a backup, restore it by clicking on “Restore“.

How to restore WhatsApp backup

Note: Please note that when entering the phone number, it must be the same as the one associated with the backup.

How to restore a local backup?

If there is no backup on Google Drive, WhatsApp will automatically restore the local backup. But if you have purchased a new device and want to recover the chats, it is possible to transfer the files from one mobile to another via the SD card and with the help of a PC or a file manager.

To do this connect the mobile to the PC or via the file manager enter “WhatsApp > Databases”. Now copy the most recent backup to the SD card and insert it on the new device or you can also move it directly from the PC to the “Database” folder of the WhatsApp app on the new device.

Finally, enter WhatsApp, verify the phone number by SMS or call and when the system prompts you to do so, click on “RESTORE“. Then you only need to wait for the message backup to be restored.

How to restore an older local backup?

In case you want to restore a local backup that is not so recent, enter the mobile’s file manager or download an app for it. Then go into the local storage or “sdcard” folder and enter “WhatsApp > Databases”.

Now, proceed to rename the file you want to restore from “msgstore-YYYYY-MM-DD.1.db.crypt12” to “msgstore.db.crypt12”. Finally, uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp. Then, when the setup wizard prompts you to do so, click on “Restore”.

Note: keep in mind that the old file may correspond to an older protocol, such as “msgstore.db.crypt12” or “crypt10”. Therefore, do not change the protocol number.

In this way you can restore your WhatsApp backup.

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