"I am thinking of switching from Android to iPhone. But after some research, I have found that it may not be possible to restore my WhatsApp data from Google Drive to iPhone. But I really want to keep my chats. Can anyone help me find a way to move the data to my new iPhone?"
In this guide, we will take a look at this problem in greater detail. In it, we will discuss some of the ways that you can restore your WhatsApp data from your Google Drive account to iPhone. But before we do that, let's take a look at whether it is possible to do it at all.
No. It is not possible to restore WhatsApp backup from Google Drive to iPhone directly. This is because the encryption protocols that Google Drive uses are vastly different and incompatible to the ones used by iPhone.
Encryption protocols allow cloud services like Google Drive or iCloud to protect the data on their servers from security threats like hackers or unauthorized users. These protocols are developed and deployed very differently, making it very difficult to transfer data across these two platforms.
But there is a way that you can directly transfer WhatsApp data from Google Drive to iPhone in two easy steps. Here, we will basically restore the data to the Android device and then transfer it to the new iPhone using a third-party WhatsApp transfer tool.
Google Drive account will show the backup file and the date and time it was created. To restore the latest backup to the Android device, follow these simple steps:
Step 1: Begin by installing the WhatsApp app on to your Android device. If you had already installed the app on your device, you will need to delete it and reinstall it afresh.
Step 2: Complete the WhatsApp setup process and verify your phone number. It is important to make sure that you are using the same phone number that you used to create the backup in the first place.
Step 3: Once the setup process is complete, WhatsApp will detect the available Google Drive backup. Just click "Restore" and then wait while WhatsApp restores the chats on to your device.
Once the chats have been restored on to your Android device, you have two options to restore the WhatsApp data back on to the device:
Method 1. LazePaw WhatsApp Transfer
LazePaw WhatsApp Transfer is a third-party WhatsApp management tool that you can use to easily transfer the chats to iPhone from the Android device. The program is very easy to use. All you have to do is to connect both devices to the computer to begin the transfer process. Before we take a look at how it works, let’s first outline some of its main features. They include the following:
Easily transfer WhatsApp chat history from one phone to another.
You can use it to backup and restore WhatsApp, Viber, Kik, WeChat and Line chats to computer without overwriting the data on the target device.
It supports over 8000 mobile devices running iOS and Android devices.
It is very easy to use, accessible and has a very simple user interface.
Follow these simple steps to use LazePaw to transfer WhatsApp data from Android to iPhone:
Step 1: Open LazePaw WhatsApp Transfer on to 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. 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 3: Click "Start" to begin the transfer process. Keep both devices to the computer and the program will notify you when the restore process is complete.
Method 2: Restore via Email (Inconvenient)
You can also simply restore the WhatsApp chats from the Android device to iPhone via email. Basically, you just send the WhatsApp messages to yourself in an email attachment and then open the email on your iPhone to download the chats. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you do it:
Step 1: Begin by restoring the WhatsApp chats to your Android device using the steps described above.
Step 2: Open WhatsApp when the restore process is complete and then choose the WhatsApp chat that you would like to send. Tap on the contact at the top.
Step 3: Select "Export Chat" and then choose if you would like to include media attachments as well.
Step 4: Enter your email address and then tap "Send". Now, simply open the email on your iPhone and download the chats.
As you can probably guess, this method has a few shortcomings. For instance, the chats will only be in TXT format. You will also not be able to open the message on the app and you therefore won't be able to reply to the sender.
One of the biggest problems people switching from Android to iPhone have is the best way to transfer WhatsApp across platforms. It is our hope that the solutions above will help you to sufficiently navigate this problem and easily move WhatsApp data to your new device.
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