How to Restore WhatsApp Backup without Uninstalling [Android & iPhone]


Dec 17, 2021 (Updated: Mar 30, 2022) • Filed to: Transfer WhatsApp

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Let's face it. Having to uninstall WhatsApp before restoring the backup is a frustrating process. But that's the reality most WhatsApp users have had to cope with.

However, with the ever-evolving world of technology and WhatsApp becoming more popular by the day, the backup restoration process is surely going to change. Users are now searching hard for how to restore WhatsApp chat without uninstalling the app, which is what brought you also to this post.

Be at ease as this article contains the answers to your questions and covers everything you need to know about restoring WhatsApp backup without uninstalling. Enjoy!

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Can I Restore WhatsApp Backup Without Uninstalling?

YES, you can restore WhatsApp backup without uninstalling, but not with an official method. Before letting you in on the process, let's quickly take a look at the official options you've got.

Officially, there are two ways by which you can restore WhatsApp backup – via Google Drive (for Android users) and iCloud (for iPhone users). Unfortunately, both ways require you to uninstall and reinstall your WhatsApp which is the tedious process you are trying to avoid.

 Supported Device SystemUninstall WhatsAppStorage Limitation
Google DriveAndroidYes15GB
iTunesiPhoneNoNo limitation
WooTechy WhatsMoverAndroid & iPhoneNoNo limitation

Thankfully, there are other ways to pull this off without stress and that's what the next section of this post entails. Read on!

How to Restore WhatsApp Backup Without Uninstalling

There are two sure-fire ways of restoring WhatsApp backup without uninstalling the app. These methods are pretty straightforward and require no technical knowledge provided you follow the steps as detailed in this section.

Restore WhatsApp backup without Uninstalling with WhatsMover (Android&iPhone)

Although new to the market, WooTechy WhatsMover is a superb WhatsApp management software that allows you to back up, restore, and transfer WhatsApp across platforms with ease. All these are ensured by its advanced algorithms.

With this software, you get to create as many WhatsApp backups as possible on your PC without storage limitation and restore this backup as you wish. All without uninstalling and reinstalling your WhatsApp.

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  • Keeps each WhatsApp backup on your computer without overwriting previous backups.

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Foremost, you need to install WooTechy WhatsMover on your computer (available for Windows and macOS) and launch it, then follow the simple steps below to restore your WhatsApp backup without uninstalling.

Step 1: Backup Your WhatsApp Data

Connect your Android phone or iPhone with a stable USB cable, WhatsMover will automatically detect your phone. Select Backup WhatsApp on Devices from the left panel and click Back Up to start the process.

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Step 2: Choose a WhatsApp Backup

After the backup process is completed, select Restore/Export WhatsApp Backup on the left panel. A list of WhatsApp backups will appear on the screen, choose the one you need.

Then select Restore to Device on the bottom and WhatsMover will immediately start to restore the data from your backup.

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Step 3: Restore Backup without Uninstalling

Wait until the restoration is complete, it won't take long. Click on Done and disconnect your device after that, then open WhatsApp and you will see all your WhatsApp data fully restored.

WhatsApp backup restore successful


If you restore an old backup, it will automatically overwrite the present WhatsApp messages on your phone. Hence, be sure to back up your data with WhatsMover beforehand.

Restore WhatsApp Backup without Uninstalling via iTunes (iPhone Only)

For iPhone users, there's another way to restore WhatsApp backup without uninstalling the app, that’s via iTunes.

To make this work, you first need to make sure that all the data in your device including WhatsApp is backed up to iTunes. Also, make sure your backup is up-to-date to avoid losing your most recent data.

Step 1: Open iTunes on your computer and connect your iPhone via the power cable, make sure your iPhone can be detected by iTunes.

Step 2: Locate the Summary panel on iTunes window and go to the Backups section.

Step 3: Click on Restore Backup and you will be prompted to select a backup of your choice. Make sure to select the backup that contains the WhatsApp data you want to restore.

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Step 4: Select Restore and iTunes will automatically start restoring all your backed-up data including WhatsApp to your iPhone.


This approach is the restoration of full iPhone backup rather than just WhatsApp. Consequently, it will consume a lot of data, storage space, and time. If you want to restore backup selectively, I'd recommend WhatsMover WhatsApp restore tool.

Can I Restore WhatsApp from Local Backup on Android without Uninstalling?

Google Drive and Local Backup are the two backup locations available to back up WhatsApp data on Android. Just like with Google Drive, you can restore your WhatsApp data from the Local Backup, but it also requires you to uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp.

Nevertheless, if you want to recover deleted WhatsApp messages from local backup, this should be a good solution. Before that, yuou must first disconnect your WhatsApp from Google Drive (Open Google Drive, then go to Menu > Backups > More and turn off backup.) Now you can follow the steps below.

Step 1: Confirm that your Local Backup exists on your device and it is up to date. Go to Internal Storage and tap on the WhatsApp folder. You should find three folders ( Databases, Backups, and Media).

Step 2: Open the Database folder. If you are using the latest version of WhatsApp, your most recent backup file should be renamed as msgstore.db.crypt14.

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Step 3: Uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp from Google Playstore.

Step 4: Launch the app and log in with the same phone number. Next, WhatsApp will automatically search for local backup on your phone and prompt you to restore.

Step 5: Tap on Restore. Now, click Next and your WhatsApp data will be restored from local backup instantly.

Final Words

From the aforementioned, the proven methods to restore WhatsApp backup without uninstalling are via iTunes or using third-party software like WooTechy WhatsMover.

However, iTunes is for iPhone users only and needs to restore all your backed-up data rather than just WhatsApp backup. So, if you want a fast and drag-free restoration of WhatsApp backup, WooTechyWhatsMover is your go-to tool. Have a try and you won’t regret it!

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