How to Recover/Restore deleted WhatsApp Chats on your smartphone?
WhatsApp Messenger is an American freeware, cross-platform messaging, and Voice over IP (VoIP) service owned by Facebook, Inc. The application allows users to send text messages and voice messages, make voice and video calls, and share images, documents, user locations, and other media. WhatsApp’s client application runs on mobile devices but is also accessible from desktop computers, as long as the user’s mobile device remains connected to the Internet while they use the desktop app. The service requires users to provide a standard cellular mobile number for registering with the service.
WhatsApp has over 2 billion users worldwide as of February 2020, and over 20 billion messages are sent daily on the platform. Sometimes it happens that you accidentally delete your chats and get desperate to have them back. Don’t worry we will help you to get your chats back in few steps.
Note: If you haven’t taken any backup before then it is next to impossible to recover those chats
How to Recover/Restore your Whatsapp chats?
Recover your WhatsApp Chats(for Android Users)
- Go to your smartphone’s File Manager.
- Now go to the WhatsApp folder > Database. The Database folder contains all the WhatsApp backup files that are stored locally on your phone.
- Select the file msgstore.db.crypt12 and rename it to msgstore_BACKUP.db.crypt12. This is your most recent backup file and you need to rename it so as to prevent it from being overwritten. In case things go wrong, you can always rename this file to its original name and restore it.
- Now you will see a bunch of files in this folder in the format msgstore-YYYY-MM-DD.1.db.crypt12. These are your older WhatsApp backups, you can pick the most recent one and rename it to msgstore.db.crypt12.
- Here’s the tricky part: you need to open Google Drive on your smartphone, tap the hamburger icon (the three vertical lines) > Backups. Now delete the WhatsApp backup there. This will force your phone to restore from the local backup instead.
- Now, uninstall WhatsApp and then reinstall it. Set it up and once done, you will get a prompt to restore chats from a local backup, considering you don’t have a chat backup on the cloud.
- Tap on Restore and that’s it. You’ll get your deleted chats back.
The above steps would not work on iOS smartphones. By using these steps you can also rename any previous backup and restore it by using the same steps.
Recover your WhatsApp Chats(for iOS Users)
- Uninstall WhatsApp from your Android smartphone or iPhone.
- Reinstall WhatsApp and set it up with your phone number.
- Once the app is set up, you will get a prompt asking you to restore messages from a cloud backup. This backup would be from Google Drive on Android, and iCloud on iOS. Tap Restore.
- This will bring back the messages that you had accidentally deleted. Note that if you got a message after your most recent cloud backup and deleted it, there’s no way to recover it.
Note: Android Rookies is not responsible for any data loss caused by the above steps.
We recommend you to backup your chats for avoiding any future loss
How to Backup your WhatsApp Chats?
If you are an Android User, open WhatsApp, go to Settings > go to Chats > tap on Chat backup. Over here, you can set up the frequency of your chat backup between never, daily, weekly or monthly, or you can even do a manual backup as well. Additionally, you’ll have to select the Google account where you’d want the backup to be stored. And if you’re an iPhone user, go to Settings within WhatsApp > Chats > Chat Backup, where you can select the Auto Backup frequency or use Back Up Now to manually initiate a backup to iCloud.