Following the advice of your most trusted friend recently, you downloaded WhatsApp to your smartphone and were happy to chat with all your contacts. However, being still impractical, you have mistakenly deleted one or more conversations you had with your friends and then tried everything possible to fix it, but if you are now here, reading this guide, it is clear that despite your efforts, you have not been able to understand how to recover deleted WhatsApp conversations. If that's the way things are and if you don't have the slightest idea how to proceed, I'm happy to inform you that you can count on me.
In the following lines I'll tell you everything you can do to recover deleted WhatsApp conversations on your smartphone, both on iPhone and Android. Before you get scared and think the worst, I would like to point out that, contrary to appearances, recovering deleted WhatsApp conversations is not complicated at all, you just need to know where to put your hands.
So if you are interested in finding out what steps you need to take to recover deleted WhatsApp conversations, I suggest you take a few minutes off, grab your smartphone and focus on reading my instructions. Ready to get started? Yeah? Well, let's get on with it!
Before giving you all the explanations of the case, however, I want to clarify one point. When we talk about recovering deleted WhatsApp conversations, we usually refer to the ability to re-access chat sessions that have been made through the popular app on your smartphone after installing or reinstalling it. In other cases, however, it refers to the ability to retrieve deleted WhatsApp conversations after the voluntary or involuntary archiving of those conversations. So try to understand what your actual intentions are and follow the steps below.
Retrieve deleted WhatsApp conversations on iPhone
If you want to figure out how you can recover deleted conversations, whatsApp is for you because you want to install the popular app on a new iPhone or because you want to reinstall the app on your device to succeed, you need a backup. To check the availability of a backup and if you want to make one right away, just use the iCloud-based feature attached to the app.
You can also verify when WhatsApp chat was last backed up by simply accessing your iPhone's home screen, tapping on the WhatsApp app icon, tapping on the Settings item at the bottom right, tapping on the Chat item, then tapping on the Chat Backup item, and looking at the date next to the Last Backup: Attached at the top of the Chat Backup section of WhatsApp Settings.
By default, WhatsApp backups to iCloud are automatically backed up at a predetermined time interval when you download and install the application. If you prefer to adjust the time interval or if you have disabled the backup feature and want to enable it again, simply tap the Chat item attached to the application settings. In the new screen that will now show you tap on Chat Backup, tap on Automatic Backup and then indicate whether you want to back up the 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 activate this feature by simply selecting one of the options I just mentioned. You can then choose whether or not to include videos in the chat backups by turning ON or OFF, respectively, the toggle located next to the Include video item attached to the Chat Backup section of the application 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 Chats screen of the application settings.
Once you've verified the availability of a backup, you can then take action and retrieve WhatsApp's deleted chats on your iPhone. Then proceed to install or reinstall WhatsApp on the device associated with the same Apple number and Apple ID as the one that generated the backup. If you don't know how to do this, you can follow the directions in my guide on how to download WhatsApp to your iPhone.
Now launch the application and follow the on-screen configuration wizard to verify your phone number. When you do so, WhatsApp will automatically detect the availability of the backup and ask you whether you want to restore it or not. You can then retrieve deleted WhatsApp conversations on your iPhone by tapping on the Restore Chat History item shown on the screen.
Then you just need to wait a few minutes for the recovery process to be completed, and then you can easily access WhatsApp chats saved via the backup you previously made on your iPhone.
If you want to understand how to recover deleted conversations WhatsApp on your iPhone after archiving one or more chat sessions, the first thing you need to do is to start the famous app by tapping on its icon on the home screen, tap on the Chat item located at the bottom, scroll the screen that is shown at the bottom and tap on the Archived Chat item.
Now swipe to the left on the title of the conversation you want to retrieve and then press the blue Extract button from the menu that will be shown on the side.
You can also recover deleted WhatsApp conversations on your iPhone by going to all conversations at the same time. To do this, go to the App Settings menu by tapping on the Settings menu item in the lower right corner, then tap Chat and Calls and select Chat History. Then select the option Extract all chats from the archive.
Retrieve 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 need a backup to do so. To check the availability of a backup and if you want to make one right away, just take advantage of the Google Drive-based feature attached to the app.
You can also verify when WhatApp chat was last backed up by accessing your Android smartphone's home screen, tapping on the WhatsApp app icon, tapping on the three-dot icon in the upper right corner, selecting Settings from the menu that appears, tapping on Chat and Calls, then tapping on Chat Backup, and then tapping on the date next to Last Backup: Attached to 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 the creation of a new backup in the WhatsApp Settings menu, tap on Chat and Calls, tap on the Backup item, and then select the Google Drive item. Then choose whether to back up on a daily, weekly or monthly basis and you're done. If you also want to include videos in your backups, move the toggle in the WhatsApp Settings menu to ON. Alternatively, you can manually back up WhatsApp chat by pressing the Back Up Chat button attached to the application 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 the same Google account as the one that backed up on 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 application, follow the on-screen configuration wizard to verify your phone number, then wait a few moments for WhatsApp to automatically locate the availability of the backup. Second, the application will ask you whether you want to restore the found backup or not. Confirm that you want to restore the backup by tapping on the Restore Chat History item on the screen and waiting for the process to complete. You will then be able to seamlessly access WhatsApp messages saved through the backup you previously backed up to your device.
In addition to the above, you can also recover deleted WhatsApp conversations on Android smartphones via local backup. If you remember correctly, I explained how to do this in my guide to recovering WhatsApp backups. However, unlike the procedure I've already suggested, the latter can be slightly more complex. However, if you're interested, I'm sure you'll be able to do everything with a minimum of effort.
If you want to find out how to recover deleted WhatsApp conversations because you have intentionally or erroneously archived one or more conversations you have made, launch the famous app by tapping on its home screen icon, select the Chat tab, scroll to the bottom of the screen that is shown and then tap on the Archived Chat item.
Now locate the thread you want to restore, keep your finger pressed on its title, and then select Extract Chat from Archive from the box that opens.
You can also recover deleted WhatsApp conversations by going to all the chat sessions that have been stored on your Android smartphone at the same time. To do this, go to the Settings menu by tapping on the three dots icon in the top right corner, tap on Chat and calls and then select Chat History. Then select the option Extract all chats from the archive and then tap OK to confirm the operation.