Is it possible to temporarily skip media restore in WhatsApp?

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I use WhatsApp on an iPhone X. I have chat history and media backed up on my iCloud. The total size of the backup is around 6 GB.

I had to send in the iPhone X for repair, and I’m using a temporarily loaned iPhone 6.

I restored the WhatsApp chat history from iCloud, but the iPhone 6 is a 16 GB variant. I’m unable to restore the media onto this phone since “system files” are around 11 GB. If I turn off iCloud Drive, it goes down to 7 GB but with that turned off, I can’t backup/restore WhatsApp. The only thing enabled in iCloud Drive is WhatsApp so I don’t know why it’s consuming 4GB on the phone when I haven’t restored media.

Is WhatsApp backup cumulative?

If I skip the media restore, and continue backing up the chat history, will I be able to restore the entire chat history and media on my iPhone X when I get it back? Will the media part of the backup be erased from iCloud if I skip media restore and do a chat history backup on the temporary phone?

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Why do all of this temporary work? Assume you will not be able to restore to multiple devices, and the cloud will be destroyed once you apply onto a device. consider this a security stop gap!
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I only use WhatsApp on one device at any time and that makes sense for security purposes. But I should be able to backup and restore to multiple devices when I swap between them, not all at once.
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Ok. Go for it!
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Not sure if I'm missing something. What does it mean 'cloud is destroyed when I apply onto a device'? The WhatsApp data is still on iCloud when I restore from a backup and use it on a device. I know that backups done from the same device are cumulative but I'm just curious how it works for multiple devices.

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What does whatsapp say? Why not just try it then, if you are confident. We cant answer for whatsapp. I was only saying why do temp work. You seem to know what you are doing. If you really want to know, contact whatsapp!
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I did and haven't got any response for a long time. Hence asking in forums. Thanks anyway.
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Based on your replies, I do not think any thigg bad will happen. As I said, it seems you know what you are doing.
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