WhatsApp on iPad: How to Use, Transfer or Recover Deleted WhatsApp Messages

Since the release of WhatsApp, it has become an essential part of our daily lives, and its use case in the current scenario has increased widely. Nowadays, it is used not only as a medium of entertainment but also by business firms, educational institutions, and many others as a medium to transfer important information.

Plus, its free availability on Android and iOS makes it much more reliable. In this write-up, we will be discussing how you can install and use WhatsApp on your iPad and also how you can transfer the messages and recover the deleted messages on WhatsApp.

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How to install WhatsApp on iPad?

Although App Store is available on iPad, you cannot install WhatsApp from there as it is not available on the App Store for the iPad OS. When you search for WhatsApp in the App Store, you will see several clone apps that pretend to be WhatsApp.

So to use WhatsApp on your iPad, you need to use other alternative methods discussed in the upcoming part of this article.

Method 1: Using WhatsApp in browser

To use WhatsApp in the browser, you need to follow the steps mentioned below:

Step 1: Open Safari or any other web browser available on your iPad.

Step 2: Search web.whatsapp.com in the search bar.

Step 3: The web version of WhatsApp opens, but you will see that it shows that it is not compatible with the iPad.

Step 4: Go to the Share option and tap on the “Desktop Site” option. The desktop site of WhatsApp opens up.

Step 5: Now, scan the QR code visible on the screen with WhatsApp on your phone. And you are good to go.

Method 2: Using the clone apps

The clone apps available on the App Store are a complete replication of WhatsApp available on mobile phones. You can easily use these clones on your iPad. The only difference here is these clones show ads, and to get rid of them, you need to buy the premium plan.

The steps on how you can use WhatsApp on these clone apps are as follows:

Step 1: Go to App Store and search “Messenger for WhatsApp” in the search bar.

Step 2: Download and install any of the messengers available. (I recommend Chat+)

Step 3: Open the app, and you will see a similar interface just like the WhatsApp web ones.

Step 4: Scan the QR code from your mobile phone, and it is ready to use.

Now you know how to use WhatsApp on your iPad, but it is also essential to know how to transfer the messages to your WhatsApp from another device as there is a lot of useful information on WhatsApp chats.

In the upcoming section, we will tell you how you can transfer the WhatsApp messages and recover the deleted messages on your iPad.

How to transfer WhatsApp messages?

There are various methods, general, as well as using third-party apps, that can help in this purpose. Let us have a look at all of these methods one by one:

Method 1: Using iMazing

iMazing app is an all round app that not only helps in the backup, transfer and recovery of WhatsApp messages, but also helps in the backup and recovery of messages, contacts, photos, and what not. It is an all-in-one solution for all your works.

Let us now see how you can transfer the WhatsApp messages using iMazing. The steps are mentioned below:

Before starting the transfer of the WhatsApp data, you forst need to create a backup of the same from your old phone. After you have created a backup, now open your iPad and make sure that it does not have preinstalled WhatsApp , if so then delete it from the iPad.

Step 1: Launch iMazing on your computer and connect the iPad.

Step 2: Select iMazing in the app’s sidebar and then click on Manage Apps.

Step 3: Click the Device tab again and then click on the down-arrow next to thr uninstall button. Now choose Restore App Data from the menu.

Step 4: The Restore App data wizard opens, now click on the choose button and pick the Whatsapp.imazing backup file which you created.

Step 5: Click on the Done button to start the transfer process.

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Method 2: Using iCloud backup

You can also transfer the WhatsApp chat from your device to your iPad using iCloud. The steps involved in this method are:

Step 1: On your iPhone, go to Settings > Apple ID > iCloud. Press the “iCloud Backup” slider if the backup is not enabled.

Step 2: Tap on “Backup Now” and wait till the backup is created.

Step 3: Now open your iPad and go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase all Contents and Settings to reset the iPad.

Step 4: In the “Apps and Data” window, choose the “Restore from iCloud Backup” option. The messages and chats will be restored.

Method 3: Using iTunes backup

iTunes also allows for the backup and restoring of data on iPhones as well as on iPad. You can also use it to transfer WhatsApp chats. The steps involved in this are as follows:

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your computer using the lightning cable and open iTunes. Now direct yourself towards the summary and click on “Backup Now”.

Step 2: When the Backup is completed, disconnect the iPhone and now connect the iPad to the computer.

Step 3: Go to the summary and click on the “Restore Backup” option. Then choose the iTunes backup which you have created for the iPhone.

How to recover deleted WhatsApp messages?

There can be many reasons behind the deletion of WhatsApp messages, such as software update failure, accidental deletion, losing of the message when in recovery mode, virus or malware attack, and many others.

But not to worry, recovering deleted messages is possible and easy. There are various methods to recover deleted messages. Let us see how you can retrieve the messages using these methods.

Method 1: Using WhatsApp backup

If the chat backup on your WhatsApp is enabled, you can quickly recover the deleted messages using the created backup on your device. The steps to recover are as follows:

Step 1: Open WhatsApp on your iPad.

Step 2: Go to Settings > Chat Settings > Chat Backup.

Step 3: Check if an iCloud backup is available.

Step 4: Now uninstall WhatsApp and install it again.

Step 5: Enter your phone no, and then follow the instructions.

Step 6: Click on “Restore Chat History”. The deleted WhatsApp chats will be restored.

Method 2: Using iCloud backup

To restore the chat using this method, it is a must that iCloud backup is created on your device. Let us see the steps involved in this:

Step 1: Go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase all Content and Settings on your iPad.

Step 2: Click Erase, and then your iPad will restart.

Step 3: Go to Apps and Data.

Step 4: Choose Restore from iCloud and log in using your credentials.

Step 5: Select the data (WhatsApp chats) which you want to recover. The selected data will be recovered.

Method 3: Using iTunes backup

You can also recover the deleted WhatsApp messages using the iTunes backup. The procedure to restore using this method is:

Step 1: Launch iTunes and connect your iPad to your computer using the lightning cable.

Step 2: Click on the iPad icon and select your device.

Step 3: Click on the “Restore backup” and choose what you want to recover.

Step 4: Tap on the Restore button, and wait for the process to finish.

After the process is finished, the deleted chats will be restored on the iPad.

All the processes mentioned above involve the general methods to transfer the WhatsApp chats and recover the deleted WhatsApp chats on your iPad. Other than this, various third-party recovery apps are also available to help us do the same.

One such third-party app we will be recommending here is Dr.Fone, which is one of the best compared to the other apps.

Bonus: Dr. Fone app

This is one of the best chat restoration and transferring apps available on the internet. It has various features that allow you to restore and transfer WhatsApp chats and help you do work other than that.

The main highlights of this app are mentioned below:

  • It helps backup or export iOS/Android WhatsApp messages to your computer.
  • It helps restore iOS/Android Backup to Android, iPhone, iPad, and others.
  • It can also help transfer WhatsApp messages from Android to iOS and vice versa.
  • It can not only backup your WhatsApp account but also other social media accounts such as LINE, Viber, Kik, and many others.

Now let us see how you can transfer, backup, and restore the WhatsApp conversations to iPhone, iPad, or Android.

Transfer WhatsApp chats effortlessly

If you want to transfer your WhatsApp chat from one device to another with either the same OS or a different OS, you can quickly transfer using Dr.Fone by following the steps mentioned below. You can not only move from one phone to another but also from phone to iPad.

Step 1: Launch Dr.Fone and select the “WhatsApp Transfer” option.

Step 2: From the left panel, go to the “WhatsApp” column and select the “Transfer WhatsApp Messages” option.

Step 3: Connect both devices to the system and click on the “Transfer” button to initiate the process.

Step 4: Agree to the warning messages as it will lead to the deletion of the existing WhatsApp data on the new device.

Step 5: The transfer process will begin after you click on Agree.

After the transfer process is completed, go to the new device and launch WhatsApp on it and restore the backup, which is now created.

Backup WhatsApp conversations and restore to Android/iOS

This makes the backup of the chat history very easy. You need to connect your iPad/iPhone to the computer, and the backup is initiated with just one click. Plus, it allows you to preview the item before creating any backup.

In short, it makes a backup of your WhatsApp chat on your computer, and you can use it anytime to restore the messages on your iPad/iPhone. The steps involved in this are mentioned below:

Step 1: Launch Dr.Fone and select Backup WhatsApp Messages.

Step 2: Connect your iPad to your computer, and to back up your WhatsApp chats, click on the “Backup” button.

You will be notified when the process is complete, and you can view the created backup from here only.

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WhatsApp is an excellent medium for the transfer of information. And it will be a pleasure to use this app on a larger screen like that of an iPad. The usage of WhatsApp on iPad is a little bit complicated, which we tried to simplify in this article.

To have a complete chat history, you can transfer chats from your phone to the iPad using the abovementioned methods. Also, if your chat history is deleted, you can use the solutions provided in this article and get it back.

If you do not want to enter into the complicated methods, you can download Dr.Fone on your computer and use it for the tasks. The user-friendly and straightforward interface helps you accomplish the task with great ease and is worth trying.

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