You're the usual careless guy, so you ended up accidentally deleting some important messages you had in WhatsApp. You thought you could make up for it by restoring a backup of the app, but, much to your chagrin, you discovered that there are no backups of your messages on Google Drive or on your smartphone memory. Now what? Is it time to curl up in a corner and give in to despair? Of course not!
If you have an Android smartphone, you can take advantage of some solutions that scan your phone's memory and restore deleted messages from WhatsApp, if any. Don't believe it? Then try taking five minutes off your time and following the advice I'm about to give you, and you may be pleasantly surprised by the results.
Of course, don't expect miracles: if the messages you deleted from WhatsApp have been overwritten by other information on your smartphone's memory, unfortunately there isn't much you can do to recover them. If not, however, you can restore them in just a few taps. If you want to know more, read on: Below is everything you need to know about how to recover deleted WhatsApp messages without Android backups.
Apps to recover deleted messages from WhatsApp
If you want to recover deleted messages from WhatsApp and you don't have a backup at your disposal, you can rely on Android apps that scan your smartphone memory (or the SD card installed on it) and try to recover chats that have not yet been overwritten by other data.
The applications in question are all very easy to use, but unfortunately they have a "flaw": they only work if the device has undergone the root procedure. If you don't know this, root is a procedure by which you unlock administrator permissions on Android and then you get the ability to perform operations that normally would not be allowed (such as recovering deleted data). I told you more about this in my tutorial on how to root on Android.
Another important thing to point out is that the installation of new apps on your smartphone could lead to overwriting the portions of memory on which were hosted the messages you now want to retrieve, leading paradoxically to their final deletion. In theory it would be preferable not to do anything on your phone until you are able to retrieve the messages you are interested in, but you don't have much choice in this respect. If you don't want to "touch" your phone's memory, you could try the PC solutions I'll tell you about in the next chapter of the tutorial but, I warn you, they are more cumbersome and expensive to use than Android apps: it's up to you.
So, all clear so far? Well, let's not get chatty anymore and take action by seeing which apps can be used to recover deleted WhatsApp messages without Android backup.
Among the various data recovery apps I tried, EaseUS MobiSaver is the one that allowed me to get the best results: it managed to recover the conversations I deleted from WhatsApp and show them to me in their entirety. The application can be downloaded and used for free, but to restore the chats and show them again in WhatsApp you need to make an in-app purchase of 6.49 euros. If you do not make the purchase, you can view the content of the chats but not restore them within WhatsApp.
With that clarification, let's get down to business. First, open the Play Store page dedicated to EaseUS MobiSaver and press the Install button first and then the I Agree button to proceed with the installation of the app. When you are done, start MobiSaver, press the WhatsApp Recovery button on its main screen and grant root permissions to the application by responding to the warning that appears on the screen.
At this point, wait for the smartphone memory scan to be completed (it shouldn't take long) and you will be shown the list of WhatsApp messages that can be recovered. To view the contents of a chat, all you have to do is press on it. To restore it, select it using the checkbox on the left, then press the Recover button at the top and unlock the full version of EaseUS MobiSaver by making the proposed in-app purchase.
If the EaseUS MobiSaver cannot find the messages you deleted from WhatsApp, you can try Undeleter: a data recovery app that allows you to restore various types of deleted files (photos, videos, etc.) and recover app data, including WhatsApp. In my tests it didn't do so well: it failed to "see" the chats that EaseUS MobiSaver was able to recover but, as they say, trying doesn't hurt. On the other hand, the application is free: you can download and use it at no cost, the only limitation is the display of a commercial about 15 seconds before the recovery of data (which, however, can be removed by purchasing the full version of the app for 4.99 euros).
To download Undeleter to your smartphone, open the Play Store app page and tap the Install button first and then Accept. When the download is complete, launch Undeleter, tap the Next button and grant root permissions to the app by responding to the on-screen warning. If a License Agreement box appears, close it.
Now, tap the Next button again, choose the Restore Date option, select the WhatsApp icon from the screen that opens, and wait for a complete check of your smartphone memory. When you're done, if there are recoverable messages, select them and use the floppy disk icon (top right) to save them.
Retrieve deleted messages from WhatsApp from PC
As mentioned earlier, installing new apps on your smartphone could lead to overwriting the portions of memory on which the messages to be recovered were hosted. To prevent this from happening, you can connect your phone to your computer and use some data recovery programs available on Windows and MacOS.
Dr.Fone from Wondershare is one of the most popular - and most comprehensive - mobile data recovery software. It is compatible with both Android and iOS and is available for both Windows and Mac computers. It has prices starting from 79 euros + VAT (except promotions), but you can download it in a free demo version that shows the user the data that you would be able to restore with its full version.
To download Dr.Fone for Android devices, connect to the official website of the program, select the Windows Version or Mac Version tab (depending on the operating system installed on your computer) and click the Download button for Android.
When the download is complete, if you are using a Windows PC, start the DrFoneForAndroid.exe file you just downloaded and, in the window that opens, click the Yes button first and then OK. Then put a checkmark next to I accept the terms of the license agreement and complete the setup by first clicking Next three consecutive times and then Finish. If you're using a Mac, open the dmg package containing Dr.Fone, drag the program icon into the MacOS Applications folder and you're done.
At this point, take your smartphone and activate the USB debugging function on it. If you don't know how to do this, go to Settings > Developer options and check the box next to the option. If the Developer Options menu is not available in your Android settings, activate it by going to Settings > Phone Info and tap 7 times on the Build Version or Serial Number item.
After this step, connect your smartphone to your computer, start Dr.Fone, click on the Recovery button on its home screen and wait for communication between the two devices to be established. At this point, put the check mark next to the Messages & attachments WhatsApp option, press the Next button and wait for a preliminary analysis of the device.
If you are asked to grant root permissions to Dr.Fone and your smartphone has undergone the root procedure, perform the operation. Otherwise click Retry first and then Start to start scanning the phone memory in non-root mode (which will give less accurate results than with root enabled).
When the search is complete, select WhatsApp from the Dr.Fone sidebar and you will be shown the list of retrievable messages.
If Dr.Fone can't meet your expectations and/or it seems too expensive, you can turn to alternative solutions: now I propose you a couple of the most interesting ones.
- iReparo for Android - this is a program for recovering deleted data from Android devices. It is compatible with Windows and macOS and allows you to restore not only WhatsApp messages, but also photos, videos, SMS and much more. It costs $49.95, but a free demo is available to find out what data you can recover with its full version. I told you more about it in my tutorial on how to recover deleted messages: the procedure to recover WhatsApp messages is almost identical to the one to recover SMS, only the option to choose at the beginning (WhatsApp instead of Database) changes.
- EaseUS MobiSaver for Android - is the desktop version of the app I mentioned at the beginning of this post. It's compatible with both Windows and MacOS, and while it's paid for (its full version costs $39.95), you can use it for free to retrieve one conversation at a time. I've told you more about it in detail in several tutorials, such as the one where I explain how to retrieve the address book on Android.
How to avoid deleting messages in WhatsApp
At this point in the tutorial, I hope you were able to fix your problem and recover deleted messages from WhatsApp even without backup. Before I leave you, though, I want to give you a couple of tips to prevent a situation like the one you were in a few minutes ago from happening again.
Activate WhatsApp Backups
As trivial as it may seem, the most effective way to avoid losing important messages in WhatsApp is to take advantage of the app's included backup feature, which saves a backup copy of your messages and files both locally and in the cloud on Google Drive.
To enable WhatsApp's backup feature, launch the application, select the Chat tab, press the ⋮ button in the upper right corner, and select Settings from the menu that opens. In the next tab, go to Chat, then to Chat Backup and set the Backup on Google Drive option to Daily. Then select your Gmail account from the box that opens, answer Allow on-screen alert and you're done.
From this point on, WhatsApp will automatically save a backup of chat and attachments to Google Drive and smartphone memory. To include videos in the backup as well, place a checkmark next to Include videos at the bottom of the screen. To start creating a backup manually, tap the Back Up button instead.
If you are unclear about some of the steps and/or want more information on how to back up WhatsApp, please see my tutorial on the subject.
Use apps that save WhatsApp history
If you want, you can also rely on apps that record your conversation history on WhatsApp and "capture" all notifications related to the app. I'll tell you right off the bat that they're not the best from a privacy point of view: apps like this could intercept all your notifications and capture the information in them, but they could be useful for careless guys like you.
Among the apps that allow you to track WhatsApp notifications and history, I'd like to mention WhatsRemoved, which is completely free and available directly from the Play Store. To use it, after downloading it to your smartphone, launch it, follow its initial tutorial and press the Detect deleted messages and their files option (recommended).
Then you allow the app to access data on your smartphone's memory and/or SD card, answer Yes to the alert on the screen, move the Read Notification Data tab to ON, and give confirmation to allow WhatsRemoved to "capture" notifications that arrive on your smartphone.
Once you have passed this step, you can open the application and find WhatsApp's conversation history in the Chats and Deleted tabs (where messages deleted from WhatsApp will be hosted). As you can easily guess, WhatsRemoved will be able to pick up, and then retrieve, only the chats made after its installation on your phone.