WhatsApp has been creating backups for years, but it was not until 2015 when it began to back up to Google Drive. It is very easy to create a new backup from the WhatsApp settings, but when it comes to restore a WhatsApp backupWhere is the button?
The question is tricky, and that is that there is no button. WhatsApp only allows you to restore a backup after a new installation, as part of the setup wizard when setting up your WhatsApp account. So you can do the whole process.
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First, uninstall WhatsApp
To restore a WhatsApp backup you need to use the setup wizard, and the only way to do this is to start from scratch. If you don’t want complications, an easy way to do it is uninstalling WhatsApp and reinstalling it. Another somewhat more advanced way is to erase WhatsApp data.
An easy way to uninstall WhatsApp is to open Google Play and use the search engine to search for WhatsApp. Press then Uninstall and wait for the process to finish, which will take no more than a couple of seconds. When done, tap Install to reinstall it on your mobile.
Done this, you will have your WhatsApp as new, blank and, therefore, the next time you open it, you will be greeted by the setup wizard. Here you can restore the messages from the backup.
In case you want restore the backup on a mobile other than the original, the process is the same but you will not have to uninstall anything, just install WhatsApp on your new device.
Then set up your phone number
Open WhatsApp and you will see the setup wizard. First of all, you are asked to accept the different permissions necessary for the operation of the application. Accept them all until you reach the window where you should write your phone number.
Here it is vital that you use the same phone number associated with the backupOtherwise, no backup copy will be restored. As always, you must immediately confirm that it is your phone number by means of a call or an SMS code.
Usually, WhatsApp does this check by itself as soon as the SMS arrives, but if it is not your case you will need to write the numerical code that has arrived by SMS or that a voice has dictated to you in a phone call.
If everything has gone well, then you will see a screen like the following one, announcing that there is a Backup found. It also indicates some details such as how long ago the copy was created and how much it occupies, and you must press Restore. Be careful, there is no possibility of doing it later, and if you press Skip You will not be able to do this unless you repeat the whole process (that is, uninstalling and configuring your account again).
There’s not much else you need to do except expect. In case the backup includes heavier messages and files (photos and videos), messages are downloaded first, which is usually relatively fast, and you can start using WhatsApp as soon as it is done. Photos and videos from a backup will download in the background, and may take several minutes to complete.