How to restore chats from your phone's WhatsApp database

WhatsApp automatically stores your chats daily to your phone’s WhatsApp database. This includes a complete chat history in order to recover them in the event of corruption. You can use your Google Account to backup your entire chat and media history.
Note: You can only restore chats stored in your phone’s WhatsApp database if you’re using Android OS 9 or below.
To restore chats stored in your phone’s WhatsApp database:
  1. Download a file manager app if your phone doesn’t already have one.
  2. In the file manager app, navigate to your phone’s WhatsApp database or sdcard > WhatsApp > Databases. If your data isn't stored on the SD card, you might see "internal storage" or "main storage" instead.
  3. Rename the backup file you want to restore from msgstore-YYYY-MM-DD.1.db.crypt14 to msgstore.db.crypt14.
    • It's possible that an earlier backup might be on an earlier protocol, such as crypt12. Don't change the number of the crypt extension.
  4. Uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp.
  5. Tap RESTORE when prompted.
Note: To restore chats stored on your phone’s WhatsApp database, you'll need a computer, file explorer, available storage or SD Card to transfer the files from your old phone to your new phone.
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