How to restore WhatsApp backups on Android. WhatsApp ran backup copies on its servers for years, until 2015, when it didn’t start using Google Drive. It is very easy to create backups of WhatsApp from the settings, but no button to restore WhatsApp backup.
The answer to this is simple … there is no button for that. To restore WhatsApp backup you need to reinstall the application, as part of the configuration wizard when you configure your WhatsApp account. Below we show you the whole process.
First, uninstall WhatsApp
To restore WhatsApp backups, you need to use the configuration wizard and the only way to do it is to start from scratch. If you don’t want complications, an easy way to do this is to uninstall WhatsApp and reinstall it. Another slightly more advanced way is to delete WhatsApp data.
An easy way to uninstall WhatsApp is to open the Google Play and use the search engine and search for WhatsApp. Then press Uninstall and wait for the end of the procedure, which will take no more than a couple of seconds. When finished, click Install to reinstall the app on your phone.
Once done, you will have your WhatsApp as new … but empty, once you re-open the app you will be received by the Setup Assistant. Here you can restore messages from the backup. In case you want to restore WhatsApp backup on another mobile the procedure is the same, but there is no need to uninstall anything, but only install WhatsApp on the new device.
Now, configure your phone number
Open WhatsApp and you will see the configuration wizard. First of all, you will be asked to accept the different permissions required for the application to work. Accept them all until you reach the window where you need to enter your phone number.
Here it is vitally important to use the same phone number associated with the backup copy, otherwise, the backup will not be restored. As always, you should immediately confirm that it is your phone number through a call or SMS code.
Generally, WhatsApp performs this check by itself as soon as the SMS arrives, but if it is not your case you will have to write the numeric code that arrived via SMS or that dictated an entry in the call.
To restore WhatsApp backups on Android!
If all went well, you will see a screen announcing that a backup copy has been found. Also indicate some details on how the copy was created and how long it takes, just click on Restore. Be careful, there is no possibility to do it later, if you press Skip, it will no longer be possible to restore WhatsApp backup unless you repeat the entire process (ie, by uninstalling and configuring the account again).
There is not much else to do but wait. If the backup includes heavier messages and files (photos and videos), the messages without these files are downloaded first, which is usually relatively fast, and you can start using WhatsApp as soon as you finish. The photos and videos of a backup will be downloaded in the background and may take a few minutes.