How to restore Whatsapp chat history while reinstalling

Whatsapp as we all know is currently the most popular instant messaging application in the world with more that 600 million active users. It has recently launched various new features like Whatsapp on PC, a voice call feature which is not yet completely out, muting Whatsapp groups and they keep improving with every release. Adding to out other posts on Whatsapp messenger tips, here is another one on how to restore Whatsapp chat history while reinstalling Whatsapp on the same device or while changing devices.

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How Whatsapp stores data on your device

Whenever you install and use Whatsapp it stores the entire data on your device only. The data is either stored on the internal memory of the device (usually in case of high end smart phones) or it is stored on your external SD card. Data stored includes images, videos, profile pictures, voice notes and most importantly the backup file of your entire chat history. Data of Whatsapp app is backed up once every day and that’s the data we are interested in.

Restoring data from Whatsapp chat database backup

  • Lets us assume you are going to format your phone or going to uninstall Whatsapp for some reason and will be installing it back. First thing first, take backup of the entire Whatsapp folder, it will be present in either your phone memory or external SD card storage. It will look something like this as seen in the screenshot below. Another screenshot shows the content of that folder.
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  • Now that you have a backup of your Whatsapp data which is usually backed up till the previous day or could be up to date if today’s backup is already taken by the application.
  • Next step is to install Whatsapp application again on your desired device. Once installed, check where it has created the new Whatsapp folder (If you are installing it on the new device). It should be present in either Internal memory or an external SD card. Now delete that folder and paste your old Whatsapp folder which you have already saved during the first step.
  • Now you can start the newly installed Whatsapp application and as the setup progresses, it will at one point ask you if you want to restore the backup which already exist on your device. Tap ‘backup’ when that option comes. That’s all it will take some time to restore that backup and now your device have all the old chat conversations restored.

Note: If you have not formatted your device and simply uninstalling and installing the app due to some reason, it will give you a choice to restore old chat backup like we did in the last step.

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