Working with WhatsApp data in local iOS backups

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Working with WhatsApp data in local iOS backups

Adding local iOS backups

To start working with local backups:

1.In the Backups Library pane, click the Acquire data for Apple iOS device icon apple_icon .

2.In the opened menu, click the Load iTunes/iCloud backup icon load_itunes_backup_icon.

3.Browse for folder where your iOS device backup is located (see Supported Apple device backups, About iTunes backups and About iCloud backups for more info) and click Open.

4.If the backup is encrypted, enter the password to the backup and click Done.


Once backup is loaded, the following device information is displayed (some of it may not be available for iCloud backups, so only for local iTunes backups this information is complete):


Device name

Display name

Apple Id

Unique device ID

Product Type

Serial number



Target identifier (usually the same as Unique device)




The lower part of the window displays the userpic, phone number, and the backup date (according to the time zone and date format defined on the local PC) as well as the following WhatsApp information:


Phone number

Unique device ID

Full user name

Client version





Viewing data

When you select the target WhatsApp backup in the Backups Library to the left, the lower part of the window shows all plugins available (some of them might be disabled if there is no appropriate information in backup):







Click the plugin icon to view the contents.


Exporting data

EXWA allows you to export data from a backup to your PC. Data is exported to an XLSX file, and all attachments/files are saved to a folder in the same location as the XLSX file.

Please note that data export is only available in the registered version of the program.


To export data, do the following:

1. In the Data View pane, click Export data.

2. Select the data categories to export.

3. Define the time interval for which you want to export data as follows: enable filters by switching the On/Off toggle and then select the dates in the From and Until fields.

4. Click Export.

5. The window will open in which you can select the location for exported data.

6. Once you select the location, click Save.

7. Data export will start.

8. To open exported data, click the icon next to the Data has been exported message highlighted in yellow or open it from the location to which it was saved.