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New phone arrived, WhatsApp reinstalled, wait… Where are my messages?

Having installed the WhatsApp app, I half expected all my old messages to just come down from “the cloud”, no such luck!

It took me half an hour of googling to work out how to restore the WhatsApp Chat backups! So here it is for anyone else who’s interested…

WhatsApp takes regular backups of your messages and chat history and copies them to your SD card (in /sdcard/WhatsApp/) you need to copy this ร‚ย directory from your old phone your new one.

However, it’s not quite as simple as that – it won’t work once WhatsApp is installed!

So here’s how we did it:

  1. Uninstall WhatsApp on the new phone (if you’ve installed it).
  2. Copy the directory and it’s contents (/sdcard/WhatsApp) to your new phone in the same location.
  3. Reinstall WhatsApp
  4. Walk through the setup procedure, in the last step it will ask you if you want to restore a backup ๐Ÿ™‚
Job done! But it took some finding this morning!