Device: Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro

OS: Android 12

I need to restore a (local) backup of Whatsapp. Contrary to what Whatsapp sais, it is not stored in:


nor in

/internal storage/Whatsapp/Databases

Rather, the backups are in:


The files can be found by the "My Files (v13.1.01.321)" app, when searching for them. But I can't copy, move or rename them, as indicated by the whatsapp FAQ (see above link). Also, navigating to the files is impossible, as the Databases directory seems to be hidden/inexistent. (Tried with "My Files" app, Nautilus file manager on GNU/Linux Laptop and adb shell)

So, how do I restore the back up now? Do I have to "root" the phone?

Thank you very much.

  • FAQ: WhatsApp doesn't prompt to restore from local storage. It should be possible to access those files without root since those are public files. Make sure the app has "Allow management of all files" permission instead of "Allow access to media only". Based on personal testing, Files by Google is able to access it.
    – Andrew T.
    Commented Sep 8, 2022 at 17:38
  • Thanks for the reply. I didn't answer yet, since I deleted the data when uninstalling whatsapp. Trying to recover but not hopeful -_-
    – Mat
    Commented Sep 14, 2022 at 7:21


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