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How to Recover Deleted WhatsApp Conversations

On the advice of your most trusted friend recently, you downloaded WhatsApp to your smartphone and were delighted to chat with all your contacts. However, being still impractical, you have mistakenly deleted by mistake one or more conversations you had with your friends and then tried everything possible to make up for it, but if you are here now, reading this guide, it is clear that, despite all your efforts, you have not been able to understand how to recover deleted WhatsApp conversations without backup. If that's the way things are and if you have no idea how to proceed, I'm happy to inform you that you can count on me.


In the following lines, I will tell you everything you can do to recover deleted WhatsApp conversations on your smartphone, both on iPhone and Android. Before you panic and think the worst, I would like to point out that contrary to appearances, recover deleted WhatsApp conversations is not complicated at all, you just need to know where to put your hands.

So, if you're interested in knowing what steps you need to take to recover deleted WhatsApp chats, I suggest you take a few minutes off, grab your smartphone and focus on reading my instructions. Ready to get started? Yes? Well, let's get on with it!

Before I give you all the explanations, however, I would like to clarify one point. When we talk about recovering deleted WhatsApp conversations, we usually mean the ability to regain access to chat sessions that have been made through the popular app on your smartphone after installing or reinstallingit. In other cases, however, it refers to the ability to recover deleted WhatsApp conversations after voluntarily or unintentionally archiving them. So try to understand what your real intentions are and follow the steps below.


Recover Deleted WhatsApp Conversations on iPhone

If you want to find out how to recover deleted WhatsApp conversations because you want to install the popular app on a new iPhone or because you want to reinstall the app on your device, you need a backup to be successful. To check the availability of a backup and if you want to do it right away, just use the iCloud-based feature attached to the app.

You can also check when your WhatsApp chat was last backed up by simply going to the home screen of your iPhone, tapping the WhatsApp app icon, tapping the Settings item at the bottom right, tapping the Chat item and then tapping the Chat Backup item and seeing the date next to the Last Backup: attached at the top of the Chat Backup section of the WhatsApp settings.


By default, WhatsApp backups to iCloud are automatically backed up at a predetermined time interval when you download and install the app. If you prefer to adjust the time interval or if you have turned off the backup feature and want to turn it back on, simply tap the Chat item attached to the app's settings. In the new screen that will now show you, tap on Chat Backup, tap on Auto Backup and then indicate whether you want to backup your chat on a daily, weekly or monthly basis by selecting the Daily, Weekly or Monthly option respectively. If you have selected the Disabled option, and therefore if you have disabled chat backup in the past, you can enable this feature by simply selecting one of the options I just mentioned. You can then choose whether or not to include videos in your chat backups by turning on or off, respectively, the option next to the Include Video item attached to the Chat Backup section of the application's settings. As an alternative to automatic backup, you can also do it manually by tapping on the Backup Now item, which is always attached to the Backup screen of the application settings.



Once you have verified the availability of a backup, you can take action and recover deleted WhatsApp chats on your iPhone. Then proceed to install or reinstall WhatsApp on the device associated with the same Apple ID and number as the one that generated the backup. If you don't know how to do this, you can follow the instructions in my guide on how to download WhatsApp to your iPhone.

Now launch the app and follow the on-screen setup wizard to verify your phone number. After that, WhatsApp will automatically detect the availability of the backup and ask you whether you want to restore it or not. You can then recover deleted WhatsApp conversations on your iPhone by tapping the Restore Chat History item on the screen.

You can then wait for a few minutes for the restore process to complete, and then you can easily access the WhatsApp chats that you have backed up on your iPhone.

If you want to find out how to recover deleted WhatsApp conversations on your iPhone after archiving one or more chat sessions, the first thing you need to do is to launch the famous app by tapping its icon on the home screen, tap on the chat item located at the bottom, scroll the screen shown at the bottom and tap on the archived chat item.



Now swipe to the left of the title of the conversation you want to recover and then tap the blue pull out from the menu that will be displayed next to it.

You can also recover deleted WhatsApp conversations from your iPhone by going to all conversations at once. To do this, go to the settings menu of the app by tapping the Settings tab at the bottom right of the app, then tap Chat & Calls and select Chat History. Then select the Extract all chats from archive option.

Recover Deleted WhatsApp Conversations on Android

If you are interested in recovering deleted WhatsApp conversations because you want to install the popular app on a new Android smartphone you have or because you plan to reinstall it on your device, you must have a backup to do so. To check the availability of a backup and if you want to do it right away, take advantage of the Google Drive-based feature attached to the app.

You can also check when your WhatsApp chat was last backed up by going to your Android smartphone's home screen, tapping the WhatsApp app icon, tapping the three-dot icon in the top right corner, selecting Settings from the menu that appears, tapping Chat & Calls, then tapping Chat Backup and then Chat Backup, and taking a look at the date next to Last Backup: attached at the top of the Chat Backup section of WhatsApp Settings.


By default, WhatsApp conversations are automatically backed up to Google Drive on a daily basis. To change this setting and/or force a new backup to be created in the WhatsApp Settings menu, tap on Chat & Calls, tap on the Backup item, and then select the Google Drive item. Then choose whether you want to backup daily, weekly or monthly and you're done. If you also want to include videos in your backups, move the toggle in the WhatsApp Settings menu to ON. You can also manually backup your WhatsApp chat by pressing the Back Up Chat button found in the app's settings.


At this point I'd say you're finally ready for action! So go ahead and install or reinstall WhatsApp on your device associated with the same Google number and Google account as the one backed up to Google Drive. If you don't know how to do this, you can follow the instructions in my guide on how to install WhatsApp on Android.

Now launch the app, follow the onscreen setup wizard to verify the phone number and wait for a few moments for WhatsApp to automatically locate the availability of the backup. Secondly, the app will ask you whether you want to restore the found backup or not. Confirm that you want to restore the backup by tapping the Restore Chat History item on the screen and waiting for the process to complete. You will then be able to seamlessly access the WhatsApp messages saved through the backup that you previously backed up on your device.

In addition to what I just told you, you can also recover deleted WhatsApp conversations on Android smartphones through a local backup. If you remember well, I explained how to do it in my guide to recover WhatsApp backups. However, unlike the procedure I've already suggested, the latter may be a bit more complex. However, if you're interested, I'm sure you'll be able to do everything with minimal effort.

If, instead, you want to know how to recover deleted conversations without backup, delete WhatsApp because you have intentionally or mistakenly archived one or more conversations by starting the famous app by tapping its icon on the home screen, select the Chat tab, scroll to the bottom of the screen displayed and then tap the item Archived Chat.

Now locate the thread you want to restore, hold your finger down on its title, and then select Extract chat from archive from the box that opens.


You can also recover deleted WhatsApp conversations without backup by going to all chat sessions stored on your Android smartphone at the same time. To do this, go to the settings menu by tapping the three dots icon on the top right of the screen, tap on Chat & Calls and then select Chat history. Then select the option Extract all chats from archive and then tap OK to confirm the operation.


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