Decrypt & Read Chats from WhatsApp Backup File on Android

Mar 10,2021 Posted by Allen Lee to Guides

WhatsApp is probably the most used messenger App on your Android device. As you may know, all your WhatsApp chats messages are saved in an encrypted (*.db.crypt12) file on your Android device. But how to decrypt and read chat messages from WhatsApp backup file? Now Backuptrans Android iPhone WhatsApp Transfer provides an easy way to extract and import WhatsApp Messages from Whatsapp backup file into Backuptrans local database. Then you can view, export, print or transfer whatsapp messages on computer. Extracting messages from crypt12 file is also supported.

Article shows you how to read chats from whatsapp backup file step by step:

Step 1: Disconnect WhatsApp from Google Drive Backup.
1) Go to drive.google.com on your computer.
2) Click "My Drive"->"Settings"-> "Manage Apps".

3) Choose "WhatsApp Messenger", click "Options"->"Disconnect from Drive".(Skip if don't have this option)
Note:If you have a large backup on drive, it may take a few minutes to display WhatsApp Messenger in Apps list.

4) Go to WhatsApp Messenger on your Android Phone, click "Settings">"Chats">"Chat Backup">"Backup to Google Drive" and then choose "Never" option.


Step 2: Disable Two-step verification.
1) Go to WhatsApp Messenger on Android > [More Options] > Settings > Account > Two-step verification
2) Make sure it is Disable

Step 3: Backup WhatsApp Conversations on Android Phone.(Skip if done)
1) Go to WhatsApp Messenger on Android > [More Options] > Settings > Chats > Chat Backup
2) Tap [BACK UP] button

Step 4: Save Android device info on storage
1): Download Backuptrans WA Sync from HERE to install on your Android Phone.
2): Run Backuptrans WA Sync, Tap "Copy Data" button. Make sure you have a "Successfully copied" message pop out on phone.

Step 5: Copy WhatsApp folder from your Android Phone.
Copy the whole WhatsApp folder from your Android Phone to your computer.
Tip: If you have Internal Storage, the WhatsApp folder is located in your Internal Storage. If you do not have internal storage, the folder will be on your SD Card or External SD Card.

Step 6: Download Backuptrans WhatsApp Transfer from the following link to install on the computer.(Skip if done)

Step 7: Launch Backuptrans WhatsApp transfer software on the computer.
Click "File"->"Import Android WhatsApp Backup Data" on Backuptrans WhatsApp Transfer software.
Tip: Or Right-click the local database icon and then choose "Import Android WhatsApp Backup Data" menu.

Step 8: Select WhatsApp encrypted backup file.
Locate to the WhatsApp folder you saved from Android Phone in step 4 on your computer. Select the WhatsApp backup database file(msgstore.db.crypt12) and then click "OK" to continue.

Step 9: Verify your phone number to load WhatsApp chats.
Enter your phone number and then click the "Next" button. When you receive a text message with a 6-digit code, simply enter the 6-digit code to start loading WhatsApp chats from Android.
Note: Please make sure the phone number you enter is the same as the one used for the WhatsApp backup.

Step 10: Imported successfully!
All WhatsApp chat messages in your backup file have been imported and saved in Backuptrans local database. Now you can manage the messages such as export messages to PDF, print messages, or transfer the messages to iPhone.

With Backuptrans Android iPhone WhatsApp Transfer, you can manage your WhataApp Chat History on your computer easily. If you are using Mac, please download Android iPhone WhatsApp Transfer for Mac to use.

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