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  1. Current whatsapp is linked to a non-existent number.
  2. I want to create a new whatsapp account for my new existing number
  3. I do not want to migrate my old whatsapp account to the new number.
  4. If I were to move the crypto backup files of the current whatsapp, will I be able to restore it on the new account?

Note - Non existent whatsapp number is currently installed on a Moto G2, un-rooted, stock. New number is on a Nexus 5X, rooted.


Whatsapp FAQ page states the following:

Restoring or transferring a backup

WhatsApp will ask you to restore your chats and media from a backup when you verify your number. Simply tap "Restore" when prompted to do so. If WhatsApp does not detect a backup, it could be that:

  1. You are not logged into the same Google account. 2. You are not using the same phone number that was used to create the backup.
  2. Your SD card and/or chat history is corrupted.
  3. A backup file does not exist on the Google Drive account or locally on the phone.

The FAQ tends to imply that it might not be possible. I'm not sure if a google drive might do the needful. Has anyone had a swing with this?

Also, rooting the G2 might not be helpful as I'll need to unlock the bootloader first - which will wipe out the internal memory anyway!

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As WhatsApp by default does not allow to transfer from a phone number to another, there's no way without root. Root would allow you to copy the encryption key and the conversation files located at /data/data/com.whatsapp folder to the target device.

  • Yes but the only problem is if i have to root the G2, then I'll first need to unlock the bootloader. And if I do that, it will trigger an instant wipe – blueren Jul 7 '16 at 11:50
  • I know, but there is no way you can do that otherwise – boxHiccup Jul 7 '16 at 18:08
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You can change your number in your first device i.e. Moto G2 by follwing this link.

After successfully doing it make a backup locally and also on google drive then install whatsapp on new device and log in with new number. You should be able to restore chat from google drive.

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