How to Read WhatsApp Backup on Google Drive on Computer

In the advent of digitalization, almost everyone uses WhatsApp. The app has become our crucial part of life. Without its data, we are almost nothing. However, most of us don’t know how to back up WhatsApp data on Google Drive? Somehow we manage to do the same but unable to know how to read WhatsApp backup from Google drive on PC? That is why many WhatsApp users are often inquiring, “How can we read WhatsApp messenger files from Google Drive backup? Does anyone know?”

If you are one of them then not to worry! You came to the right place. In this article, you will learn how to read WhatsApp backup messages from Google Drive on PC through various steps.

Part 1: How to Access/Find WhatsApp Backup on Google Drive? Is It Possible to View or Download WhatsApp Backup?

Are you seeking how to access WhatsApp backup on Google Drive? Don’t bother! The process is like shooting a fish in a barrel. Just ensure that you have already taken the WhatsApp backup before heading forward. If not, then go to WhatsApp “Settings”. Then, tap on “Chats” > “Chats backup” and finally on the “Back Up” button. 

Now, you need to follow few steps to access WhatsApp backup on Google Drive:

Step 1: Open the web version of Google Drive. Then, log in to the Google account on which you have backed up your WhatsApp data. 

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Step 2: Go to its “Settings”.  Click on the “Manage Apps” section. You will find this section at the top-left corner. 

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Step 3: Scroll down until you find “WhatsApp Messenger”. Voila! You have found the Whatsapp backup on Google drive.

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Note: From the above methods, you can only locate the WhatsApp backup. Also, these methods allow you to disconnect your WhatsApp from the Drive. But you can’t download or view what is backed up because the WhatsApp backup is protected by end-to-end encryption.
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Part 2: Read WhatsApp Backup on Google Drive by Restore

You had probably seen the “Restore” option while reinstalling WhatsApp. And you possibly got an intuition I should be able to read my WhatsApp backup on Google Drive by using this feature. Well! In this article, you will learn about that too. Always remember that you need to use the same Google account and phone number that you were using before, to restore your WhatsApp data from the “Restore” feature. 

Take a look at the below steps to know how to read WhatsApp backup on Google Drive by Restore:

Step 1: You are required to uninstall your WhatsApp first. Then, reinstall it.

Step 2: Open the app and verify your number.

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Step 3: The app will notify you about the backup. Tap on the “Restore” button to restore your WhatsApp videos, images, chats, voice messages, and documents. 

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Step 4: At last, click on “Next”. All your data will be illustrated in front of you.

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Note: Once you restore WhatsApp using this method, your current WhatsApp data will be replaced by the backup, so some data will be overwritten.

Part 3: Extract WhatsApp Backup on Google Drive with Third-Party Tools

As we discussed above, we can find the WhatsApp backup but you can’t extract it because its data is protected by end-to-end encryption. But what if you need to decrypt the data? Let's discuss how to extract WhatsApp backup on Google Drive. You can do the same with Elcomsoft Explorer for WhatsApp.

The Elcomsoft Explorer software enables you to decrypt, download, and view WhatsApp backup from Google Drive. In order to do so, you need only two things:

  • The user should know his Google Account credentials. If 2FA is enabled then he needs the 2FA code.
  • Notification from WhatsApp should be enabled. 

Let's have a look at the following steps to know how to read WhatsApp messages from Google Drive on PC:

Step 1: Open the software on your computer. Then, click on the “Android” icon on the bottom-left of the tool.

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Step 2: You are required to tap on the green “Android” button again. Click “Download data from Google Drive”.

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Step 3: If your Google Account has a two-factor authentication, insert the 2FA code. 

Step 4: The downloading process will start immediately. After the completion of the process, a warning message will be prompted that the data is encrypted.

Step 5: Click on the “Decrypt” button to decrypt your WhatsApp data.

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Step 6: In the process of decrypting the encrypted data, you need a verification code. Tap on “Send” to receive a WhatsApp verification code.

Step 7: Enter the received code. The data will be decrypted instantly.

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Note: Google changes the API agreement from time to time. We have confirmed with Elcomsoft that the software is not working after the current change. If you are lucky, you can download and have a try.

Part 4: Alternative Way to Backup and Restore WhatsApp with UltFone WhatsApp Transfer

iPhone empowers you with limited features that may force you to buy a brand new Android phone. Well, everyone is concerned about their data, especially for WhatsApp data. That is why we often back up your WhatsApp data on Google Drive. Saving your WhatsApp videos, chats, images, and documents on PC helps you in retrieving your data while switching to another OS (e.g. IOS to Android). But it's really hard to read WhatsApp backup on Google Drive, you can find an alternative way to do backup and restore. This is possible through UltFone Whatsapp Transfer. The software allows you to backup and restores your data on Android.

Let's have a look at the key features of UltFone WhatsApp Transfer:

  • It allows you to backup and restore WhatsApp/WhatsApp business data.
  • It supports all IOS/Android devices on both Windows and Mac versions.
  • Transfer your WhatsApp data from iPhone to Android and vice versa.
  • With the help of UltFone Whatsapp Transfer, you can backup and restore Viber, WhatsApp/ WhatsApp Business, WeChat, Kik, and Line data.
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Follow the below steps on Windows or Mac to backup and restore your WhatsApp data. The steps are the same.

Step 1: Install and launch the software on Mac and connect your Android phone to it through USB cable. Then, tap on the “WhatsApp” icon.

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Step 2: Click on “Backup” from the sidebar menu. Then, select a backup device from the drop-down list.

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Step 3: Select the old backup file from the “Select Backup History” tab. Then, tap on the “Continue” button to move forward.

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Step 4: The backup process will start and wait until it goes to the next step. Enter your phone number to verify your WhatsApp backup account. Insert the verification code and click on “Verify”.

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Step 5: On the completion of verification, the backup process will begin. 

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Step 6: The data has been backed up successfully on computer to restore. 

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Step 7: Select the “WhatsApp” icon again from the main interface of the software. Choose the “View & Restore” feature from the sidebar. The recent backup that you have taken recently will be shown. Click on “Restore to Android”.

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Step 8: Choose the target Android phone from the drop-down list. Go to “Restore Now” to initiate the process.  After a few minutes your data will be restored.

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Well! Till now you have learned both how to read WhatsApp backup on Google Drive and how to backup and restore WhatsApp messages on Android. Besides, this tutorial has also conveyed you an idea about two software i.e. Elcomsoft Explorer for WhatsApp and UltFone WhatsApp Transfer. Both are enough to transfer, backup, and restore your precious WhatsApp data.

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