Have you ever mistakenly deleted a WhatsApp chat and regretted it instantly? Not to worry, you can bring it back. Please note that you can only bring back chats if the backup option had been activated on WhatsApp. Meaning, if you had never used the backup option on your chats, recovering any message or chat would be impossible. In this article, you will learn how to recover deleted Whatsapp messages.
How Can I Restore Deleted WhatsApp Chats?
1. Restore Deleted WhatsApp Chats Via Cloud Backup
If you mistakenly deleted chats, the chat might be on your cloud backup. Imagine your Google Drive or iCloud backup happening in the middle of the night and the next morning, you got rid of a chat unintentionally, the cloud backup will still have the chat so it can be restored easily. Just do this:
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- Get WhatsApp uninstalled from your Android or iOS device.
- Get WhatsApp reinstalled and set it up with your phone number.
- As soon as the app is set up, you will receive a prompt telling you to restore messages from a cloud backup. This backup would be from Google Drive on Android, and iCloud on iOS. Click Restore.
- This will restore the chat you deleted mistakenly. Be aware that if you received a message after your latest cloud backup and deleted it, it cannot be recovered.
2. Restore Deleted WhatsApp Chats Via Android’s Local Backup
If your Google Drive backup has overwritten the deleted messages, then adhere to these instructions:
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- Head to your device’s File Manager (download Google’s Files app if you fail to locate this app).
- Now head to the WhatsApp folder > Database. The Database folder is home to all the WhatsApp backup files that are stored locally on your device.
- Choose the file msgstore.db.crypt12 and have it renamed to msgstore_BACKUP.db.crypt12. This is your latest backup file and it has to be renamed to stop it from being overwritten.3.
- that, a lot of files would be visible in this folder in the format msgstore-YYYY-MM-DD.1.db.crypt12. They are your older WhatsApp backups, you can choose the latest one and rename it to msgstore.db.crypt12.
- This is the hard part: You have to access Google Drive on your mobile device, click the hamburger icon (the three vertical lines) > Backups. Now get rid of WhatsApp backup there. will force your device to restore from the local backup instead.
You can now uninstall WhatsApp and reinstall it.
- Set it up and when you are done, you will receive a prompt to restore chats from a local backup, if you have a chat backup on the cloud.
Click Restore and you are done.
More Information About WhatsApp
WhatsApp Messenger is a freeware, cross-platform messaging and Voice over IP (VoIP) service owned by Facebook. It allows users to send text messages and voice messages, makes voice and video calls, and share images, documents, user locations, and other Social 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. In January 2018, WhatsApp released a standalone business app targeted at small business owners, called WhatsApp Business, to allow companies to communicate with customers who use the standard WhatsApp client.
The client application was created by WhatsApp Inc. of Mountain View, California, which was acquired by Facebook in February 2014 for approximately US$ 19.3 billion. By February 2018, WhatsApp had over one and a half billion users, making it the world’s most popular messaging application at the time.
It has become the primary means of communication in multiple countries, including Brazil, India, Pakistan and large parts of Europe, including the United Kingdom, Spain, and France.
WhatsApp was founded in 2009 by Brian Acton and Jan Koum, former employees of Yahoo!. After leaving Yahoo! in September 2007, they took some time off in South America. At one point, they applied for jobs at Facebook but were rejected.
On February 28, 2019, The New York Times reported that Facebook was “hoping to succeed where Bitcoin failed” by developing an in-house cryptocurrency that would be incorporated into WhatsApp.
The project reportedly involves over 50 engineers under the direction of former PayPal president David Marcus. This ‘Facebook coin’ will reportedly be a stablecoin pegged to the value of a basket of different foreign currencies.
There you have it – a comprehensive tutorial on how to recover deleted Whatsapp messages. If you have any questions as regards this tutorial, feel free to drop them in the comment section below.