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So you wanted the newest version of WhatsApp so you can enjoy the latest features that go with the update. And for some reason you forgot to back up your files before deleting the older version of the app from your phone. Gone. Everything’s gone. Not really. Not if you backed up regularly using Google Drive. If you have files stored there, then you can restore the messages all the way to when you last did a backup.

Restoring Your WhatsApp Data with Google Drive

After you verify your number, WhatsApp will ask you to restore your chats and media from a back up. Just click ‘Restore’ when you receive the prompt. To ensure that the restore process is successful, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure you are logged in to your Google Account.
  1. Use the same phone number you used when creating the backup.
  1. Verify that the chat history and/or your SD card is not corrupted.
  1. Check that you have a back up file on your Google Drive account or locally on your phone.
  1. Make sure you still have enough available space in your mobile device to restore the backup.
  1. You have to check if Google Play services are installed in your phone.
  1. See to it that you are connected to a stable and strong internet network. Swap to Wi-Fi if your cellular network is not reliable.
  1. You should make sure that your battery is fully charged. If it isn’t then plug it into a power source until you have successfully finished restoring your WhatsApp data.


Remember that Google Drive will only store the most recent backup files while your phone will store up to the last 7 days of backup data. So it is best to frequently back up your WhatsApp messages with Google Drive.