Where does WhatsApp store its backup files

WhatsApp has become one of the mostly used channels of communication. For that matter, the WhatsApp information may contain important messages and media. The information may however get lost and we may need a backup extractor to extract the information from the backup. In case that happens, here are top five WhatsApp backup extractors you can use.

Top 5 WhatsApp Backup Extractors Software We've Found

1 iMyFone D-Back (iOS 12 Supported)

iMyFone D-Back or iMyFone D-Back for Mac is one of the best software that helps extract varioues data from your iPhone backup files. Apart from recovering the WhatsApp data, it helps extract more than 22 files types which means that it can extract almost any file type.


  • It supports various data type, such as contacts, photos, text messages, WhatsApp messages, Viber messages, Kik messages, notes, voice memos and more.
  • It has a preview option that lets extract data selectively.
  • It supports data extraction from iTunes and iCloud backup or from iOS device directly.
  • It has a simple and exceptionally responsive user interface.
  • It displays the name of each person in a group chat.


  • It takes some time to scan for WhatsApp data.

How to use iMyFone D-Back to extract WhatsApp from iTunes or iCloud backup

Extract WhatsApp Messages from iTunes Backup

Step 1: To extract WhatsApp messages from iTunes, choose "Recover from iTunes Backup", then click "Start" from this tab.

Step 2: You will be able to see all the iTunes backup the program finds on your computer. Choose the one that you want to export WhatsApp chats from and click "Next".

Select the WhatsApp as the file you need to extract and click "Scan". Wait for a moment as it scans.

Step 3: The found WhatsApp data will be shown on the interface. Choose the exact files that you need and click "Recover".

Select a path and the data will be saved on the selected location.

Extract WhatsApp Messages from iCloud Backup

Step 1: Select "Recover from iCloud Backup"and at the "Recover from iCloud Backup" tab, click "start".

Step 2: Enter your iCloud account details. The program will find the files from the backup, select the iCloud backup to recover files from and click "Next" on the lower right corner.

Step 2: Select WhatsApp as the file type that you want to extract from iCloud backup and click "Scan".

Step 2: The WhatsApp files will be displayed on an interface. Preview and choose the ones you need to extract. Then click "Recover". Choose a place to store your data and wait as the program extracts your data.

2 Tipard iOS Data Recovery

Tipard is a great iOS data extractor and it helps extract WhatsApp data from the backup. It works in all versions of window and all versions of Mac OS X. It extracts 19 different types of files including videos, WhatsApp chats and much more.


  • Supports more than 18 file types.
  • It can extract data from iTunes and iCloud.


  • The price is very high and most features of the trial version are disabled.
  • It takes too long to scan and extract files.

3 Wondershare Dr. Fone

Wondershare DR. Fone is a software utility which permits the extraction and recovery of data lost through accidental deletion or the data lost through software upgrade. Extracting WhatsApp data is simple with this tool and once you connect it, you can begin by finding the lost files. Apart from the WhatsApp files, it can recover other more than 16 file types.


  • It is fast in extracting files.
  • It has self-explanatory user interface.


  • The preview function is poor and it does not all the preview of all found data.
  • It sometimes misses out few lost files.

4 iMobie PhoneRescue

iMobie Phone Rescue lets you recover lost data through software upgrade, data corruption, factory resetting and any other form of data loss. The tool can recover any WhatsApp file that you have lost and it offers the same function to other 20 types of files.


  • It is lightweight and does not take much space.
  • Supports 20 file types.
  • Has three simple data recovery or extraction modes.


  • It is extremely slow in extracting data.
  • Misses out some lost files during the data recovery.

5 Aiseesoft FoneLab

Aiseesoft FoneLab is a data extractor software that runs on iOS devices and is compatible with Mac and Windows. It is also compatible with Android devices such as Samsung, LG, Huawei, HTC, Sharp and Sony among others. The tool has a data recovery mode known as Phone Rescue. The mode helps retrieve deleted or lost WhatsApp files with ease. It can recover other 18 file types.


  • Supports more than 18 file types.
  • It can recover data from iTunes and iCloud.


  • The price is very high and most features of the trial version are disabled.
  • It takes too long to scan and extract files.