How To Recover Deleted WhatsApp Messages

Written by Tijana - Reviewed by Tanja Messaging / Whatsapp

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WhatsApp gained a lot of popularity since users started needing apps that are secure, safe, and hacker-proof. WhatsApp, along with a couple of other apps, is offering end-to-end encrypted messages, thus creating a safe space for its users.

Besides the safety that is offered by having end-to-end encrypted messages, WhatsApp also offers its users the option to erase their messages.

Doesn’t matter if you’ve erased your messages by clicking on the wrong button, or you did so on purpose, but are now regretting it, the question remains: can you recover WhatsApp messages which were deleted?

Can deleted WhatsApp messages be restored?

The short answer is - yes, they can. There are a couple of alternatives offering you your chat history back. One of them is for you to check for your last backup, install and reinstall WhatsApp, and if none of these work, apps are available on the App Store which will help you select the conversations you want back. We will guide you step-by-step for all these options, so you can choose which one works best for you.

How can I check when my last backup was?

Open WhatsApp on your phone. Navigate to ‘Settings’, ‘Chats’, and then ‘Chat Backup’. Here you’ll see the last backup date and time. Now, backup your chat history once again, and follow these steps.

  1. Uninstall WhatsApp from your phone.
  2. Reinstall the app.
  3. You’ll need to enter your phone number and enter the confirmation code you’ll receive in order to re-activate your account.
  4. You’ll be asked whether you want your chat history restored, tap on ‘Restore’.

All your chats that were backed up will be restored.

Can I restore my chat history without having done iCloud backup?

Yes, you can. As we mentioned, there are apps allowing you to restore messages even without the backup file. Some of them are MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS (free) and iMyFone D-back iPhone data recovery (has a free trial).

The first one is compatible with nearly all types of iPhones and is available for all PCs and Macs.

Follow these steps to get your deleted messages:

  1. You’ll need to download and install MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS on your computer.
  2. Connect your phone to your computer, and follow the guidelines to allow your phone to be connected, to make sure it is safe to do so.
  3. Open the program on your computer, and click on ‘Scan’.
  4. After the scanning is finished (this might take a couple of minutes), select ‘WhatsApp’ in the list that has shown up on the left side.
  5. Here you will see all messages, including the deleted ones. Select the ones you wish to recover and click on ‘Recover’ in the bottom right corner of the screen.
  6. Your messages will be restored in WhatsApp.

How can I restore my deleted WhatsApp messages on Android?

Luckily, there are tricks on recovering deleted messages for Android users as well.

The first option is more or less the same as the one for iOS users.

  1. Uninstall the app from your Android device.
  2. Install the app all over again, and enter your phone number as well as the confirmation code.
  3. Follow the guidelines to restore your chat history that was backed up.

How to restore deleted messages without having back up on Android devices

As well as for iOS, the same apps we mentioned previously, MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS and iMyFone D-back iPhone data recovery work for Android too.

Follow these steps:

  1. You’ll need to download and install MiniTool Mobile Recovery on your computer.
  2. Connect your phone to your computer, and follow the guidelines to allow your phone to be connected, to make sure it is safe to do so.
  3. Open the program on your computer, and click on ‘Scan’.
  4. After the scanning is finished (this might take a couple of minutes), select ‘WhatsApp’ in the list that has shown up on the left side.
  5. Here you will see all messages, including the deleted ones. Select the ones you wish to recover and click on ‘Recover’ in the bottom right corner of the screen.
  6. Your messages will be restored in WhatsApp.

Learn how you can recover deleted messages on Instagram as well. Also, did you know you can retrieve archived messages in Signal?