Did you accidentally delete some photos that were sent to you via WhatsApp and would you like to see if there is a system to recover them? Tell me, what kind of smartphone do you have? An Android? Well, then I guess I can help you out and help you deal with this situation in the best possible way.
In the following lines, I'll show you how to recover your photos from WahtsApp on Android using various possible solutions: you can try to take a look at your phone's gallery, "rummage" through backups, take advantage of cloud storage services (if you usually use them to store your photos) or use some special apps and data recovery programs.
So? May I ask what are you still doing standing there? Sit down nice and comfortable, take your mobile phone, take a few moments off just for yourself and start concentrating immediately on reading and putting into practice the instructions below. I'm not promising anything, so be clear, but, as they say, it doesn't hurt to try. Don't you think?
Retrieve Deleted Photos from WhatsApp on Android via the Gallery
If you deleted the WhatsApp message that contained the photo you were interested in, but did not select the option to also delete the media from the phone's memory and did not disable the media option in the app settings, then most likely the image will still be saved in the Device Gallery. Therefore, you can first try to recover deleted photos from WhatsApp on Android by taking a look at it.
So, take your device, unlock it, go to the home screen and select the Gallery app icon (usually the one depicting a flower or landscape), then go to the Albums section and select the album called WhatsApp Images. You will then be shown all of the images you received through WhatsApp, including those related to messages you deleted.
Please note that on some versions of Android, for specific operating system settings, photos exchanged via WhatsApp may not be visible in the Gallery. If this is the case, you will need to do the following to access them: start the file manager that you usually use on Android (e.g., WhatsApp, WhatsApp, WhatsApp, WhatsApp, WhatsApp, WhatsApp, WhatsApp, WhatsApp, WhatsApp, etc.). If this happens, you must do the following: Start the file manager that you usually use on Android (such as Google Files), tap on the entry to browse the various locations available, select the folder for your phone's internal memory or SD card (depending on where you chose to save the files), and go to WhatsApp > Media > WhatsApp Images (if the photo was sent to you) or WhatsApp > Media > WhatsApp Images > Sent (if you shared the image).
I beg your pardon? Did you activate WhatsApp's photo saving in the Gallery but more or less voluntarily delete an image? Perhaps you can retrieve it by accessing the folder list in the Gallery app and searching for a folder called Recently Deleted, Trash, or similar.
Retrieve deleted photos from WhatsApp on Android with backups
If the photos you received or sent via WhatsApp have been deleted from your phone's Gallery, you can try to recover them by restoring previous conversations via backups, provided you have previously enabled the feature that allows you to save them automatically on Google Drive and/or locally, as I explained in my guide on the subject, or if you have made "manual" backups of the various chats.
In all cases, the backup date must be earlier than the date you deleted the photos. To verify this, grab your phone, unlock it, go to your home screen and select the WhatsApp app icon (the one with the green cartoon and phone handset), then tap the three dots vertical button at the top right of the screen and choose Settings from the menu that appears. Next, tap on the Backup item first, then click on the Backup of chats and check the date and time that you will find in the Last backup.
If the backup date is earlier, you can take the actual action, but keep in mind that you will lose the messages and related media files received and sent later.
That said, first uninstall the WhatsApp app from your phone: to do so, simply tap the app icon in the drawer, select Uninstall from the menu or drag the icon to the trash can at the top of the display and press the button to confirm the deletion. For more details, you can refer to my tutorial specifically focused on how to uninstall apps on Android.
Then, stick to the directions below, depending on whether you've chosen to keep your backups on Google Drive or on your phone's memory.
- Backup to Google Drive - download and install WhatsApp from the relevant section of the Play Store and launch the application. Follow the initial setup procedure proposed to you and when asked if you want to restore chats from previous backup data, answer yes. Once you have completed restoring your backups, choose the name and profile photo you want to use so that you can then resume using the service.
- Local backup - first "force" WhatsApp to read data from the local backup: to do so, connect to the Google Drive management panel and log in with the Google account you use on your mobile phone. When you are logged in, go to the WhatsApp Messenger section and click the Remove Access and OK buttons. Then, reinstall and re-configure WhatsApp, following the instructions I gave you earlier about restoring chat via Google Drive backup.
If, on the other hand, the date of your last backup on Google Drive is not earlier than the date you deleted your messages, you can try to restore an old local backup. To do so, open the file manager that you typically use on your device (e.g. Google Files), select the folder for your phone's internal memory or SD card (depending on where you chose to save the files) and go to WhatsApp > Databases.
At this point, you should be looking for a file named msgstore.db.crypt12 (the most recent backup), along with a series of files named similar to msgstore-[data].1-db-crypt12 (containing the oldest backups). If the first file was created on a date earlier than the date you deleted the messages with the photos you are interested in, then you don't have to do anything in the current folder anymore.
If not, replace the most recent backup with an older one. To do this, delete the msgstore.db.crypt12 file, locate a backup file created before deleting messages, select it, choose the option to rename it and name it msgstore.db.crypt12. Then press the OK button or the button to save the changes. Next, uninstall WhatsApp and reinstall the application by forcing the use of local backups, as I explained a few lines above.
After you have completed restoring the backup, regardless of the procedure you have followed, the photos that you previously deleted will appear again in the various conversations you are interested in. So, to find the pictures you are interested in, go to the Chat tab of the app, select the conversation you are interested in, press the three dots vertical button in the top right corner, select the Media item in the menu that appears and search for the pictures in the Media tab on the next screen.
Recover deleted photos from WhatsApp on Android via the cloud
If you have enabled the feature that allows you to back up your phone's Photo Gallery images to Google Photos, as I explained in my guide on the subject, you could try to recover deleted photos from WhatsApp on Android even by looking through the folders of the service in question.
To do this, take your phone, unlock it, go to the home screen and select the Google Photo app icon (the one with the white background and the multicoloured pinwheel). Next, select the Albums item at the bottom of the display, open the WhatsApp Images album, and you'll see your images.
If, on the other hand, you have deleted WhatsApp photos from Google Photos, you can try to recover the files you are interested in from the application's recycle bin, where deleted images are stored for 60 days before permanent removal and from there, if necessary, can also be recovered.
In this second case, to try to recover WhatsApp photos proceed as follows: tap on the button with the three lines horizontally inside the search bar, at the top of the Google Photos screen, and select the Recycle Bin item from the menu that appears. If you see WhatsApp photos on the screen you are now viewing, you can restore them by tapping on the Restore button at the top right of the screen, selecting the images you are interested in, then tapping on the Restore button at the bottom of the screen (always on the right).
If you do not use Google Photos but other cloud-based image storage services, such as Dropbox or OneDrive, you can try to recover deleted WhatsApp photos from there as well. Both of these services also have a system that keeps deleted photos in the trash for a number of days before they are completely removed.
For all the details of the case, you can read my guide on how to recover photos and my tutorials specifically focused on Dropbox and OneDrive.
Other solutions to recover deleted photos from WhatsApp on Android
None of the systems to recover deleted photos from WhatsApp on Android that I proposed in the previous lines has been useful to you? If so, don't throw in the towel: you might still be able to do it by using apps and programs to recover deleted data.
For more details, you can read my tutorial on how to recover deleted files from your mobile phone and my guide on how to recover deleted photos from Android.
However, keep in mind that the effectiveness of these tools essentially depends on how many times the data that was on your phone has been overwritten by new information. In other words, the more files have been created and modified on the device after removing the photos, the lower the chances that the recovery process will be successful.