How to recover WhatsApp audios

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From ForDataRecovery, we want to explain in first Person, how to recover WhatsApp audios from Android, iPhone and PC, with and without Backup. In addition, we will show you what you have to do to recover Chats or messages. Nowadays, Mobile Telephony has a lot of importance in our lives bringing facilities thanks to the Apps, one of them is WhatsApp, which allows you to send a Message or Files to any part of the world.



Are you having trouble finding some audio files sent to you by a friend on WhatsApp and would like to see if there is a way to recover them "on the fly" without having to scroll through the whole conversation? Have you accidentally deleted some voice messages from a WhatsApp chat and want to know if there is a way to recover them? Don't worry, I can help you.

If you give me some of your precious free time, I can show you how to recover WhatsApp audio. I already tell you that the procedure is feasible both from smartphones and from computers, although in the latter case the only thing you can do is to recover the audio files within the conversation and not the deleted voice messages, unless you use special programs (which, yes, are used to work on the phone and not in the computer's memory).

Before you get scared and think about who knows what complicated operations to perform, I want to point out that you do not have to do anything particularly difficult or out of your reach: all the operations to be performed are extremely simple, even for those less experienced in matters of new technologies. Do you also want to try it? Sit comfortably, concentrate on reading what is reported below and put my advice into practice. I sincerely hope that, in the end, you can feel very happy and satisfied with what you have learned and gained.


How to Recover WhatsApp Audios from Smartphone and Where they are Saved.

Are you interested to know how to recover WhatsApp audio from your smartphone? Then follow the Android and iPhone instructions below to learn how to recover audio files and voice memos from conversations, and how to try to recover deleted messages.

Recover WhatsApp audio on Android from internal storage.

If you are using an Android smartphone, to recover audio files sent or received in a conversation, the first essential step you need to take is to grab your device, unlock it, go to the home screen and select the WhatsApp icon.

Next, head to the chat section of the app and select the conversation you are interested in. Next, tap on the name of the user or group (at the top) and tap on Media, then make sure Media is selected (on the new screen) and scroll through the list of received and sent media until you see the one related to the audio file you are interested in. You can easily distinguish the audio files from the others because they are marked with a headphone icon.


Once you have done this, click on the file to play it. If you want to forward the file to another person, click on the arrow symbol at the top right of the screen and choose the contact you are interested in. To open the file in another app or share it, press the button with the three vertical dots at the top right, select Share and then the app you are interested in from the menu that opens.

Always after pressing the button with the three vertical dots, selecting the Show in chat option you can, however, see the location where the file is located within the conversation.

In addition to the above, if you want to retrieve the voice memos, you can also get to the location where these files are stored on the phone by default: for this, however, you need a file manager, as is the case of the Google Files app.

Once you have opened the file manager, select Internal Storage or SD below, open the WhatsApp folder on the next screen and select Media. Now, if you want to recover audio files, select the WhatsApp Audio folder, and if you want to recover voice messages, go to the WhatsApp Voice Notes folder.


Next, select the subfolder you are interested in, press the down arrow next to the audio file you want to open or copy and select Open with (to open the file in another application of your choice) or Copy to (to copy the file to a location other than the current one) from the menu that appears.

If you want to play the file before opening or copying it, to make sure it is the item you are interested in, simply select its icon.

Recover deleted audio from WhatsApp on Android


Let's now see what to do in the case of deleted audio files and voice messages. To recover them on Android, you can take advantage of the backups of conversations. So, if you had previously enabled backups of WhatsApp chats on your phone (on Google Drive and/or locally), as I explained in my tutorial about it, you can easily recover them by taking advantage of such a tool. How? I'll explain it right now.

First of all, make sure that the date of your WhatsApp backup is before the date you deleted the audio file or voice memo you are interested in: to do this, open WhatsApp on your smartphone, press the button with the three vertical dots in the upper right corner and select Settings from the menu that appears. Then select Chats, then Chats Backup, and mark the date and time next to the word Last Backup.

If the date of the backup is before the date on which you deleted the audio files and voice memos, and if the backups are made via Google Drive, proceed as follows: delete WhatsApp from your device (following the instructions in my post on how to uninstall Android apps), download the app again from the Play Store (following the instructions in my guide on the subject), launch it and follow the initial setup process that is proposed.

After verifying your phone number, when asked if you want to restore chats from the previous backup data, accept. Finally, choose the name and photo you want to use on WhatsApp and that's it.

Now, if you go to the WhatsApp chats section, you should find all your chats up to the date of the backup, including audio files and voice clips, which you can easily find as I explained in the previous chapter.

If you want to restore a WhatsApp backup made locally, do the following: go to the Google Drive panel and remove WhatsApp from the list of apps that have access to the service. This will force WhatsApp to "search" in the phone memory (or SD card) and not in the cloud for the backup files. Then follow the instructions I gave earlier about deleting and reinstalling WhatsApp, the process is the same.

Using local files, you can also recover backups prior to the most recent one, I have explained how in my tutorial on how to recover WhatsApp conversations on Android.

How to Recover WhatsApp Audios on iPhone

Do you have an iPhone and would like to know how to recover WhatsApp audio if you have it? Then I'll tell you how to do it right now by showing you how to recover audio files from a conversation.

To begin with, launch WhatsApp by tapping the WhatsApp icon on your home screen. Once you see the main screen of the app, head to the Chat tab, select the conversation you're interested in and tap the name of the person or group at the top of the screen.

Next, select Media , links and documents in the new screen, then the Media tab and locate the audio file you are interested in by scrolling through the media list: you can easily recognize it because its icon represents an audio track. After finding it, click on it.

Proceeding as just indicated, it will immediately start playing the file. If the media in question is the one you really wanted to find, pause the playback by pressing the Pause button, then tap on the share icon (the one with the rectangle and the arrow) located on the right (always at the bottom) and select, from the menu that appears, the Forward or Share option: in the first case, you can forward the audio file in another conversation, in the second, you can open it or share it via another app.

Recover deleted audio files from WhatsApp on iPhone


If, on the other hand, what you are interested in is to know how to recover deleted WhatsApp audio from your iPhone, both for "real" audio files and for voice messages, the procedure you need to follow involves the use of backups. So, if you had previously enabled the backup of chats, which on the "applephone" is via iCloud (as I explained in detail in my tutorial on the subject), you can recover what you are interested in proceeding as follows.

First, make sure that the date of the last backup is before the date of sending the audio file or voice memo. To make sure, launch WhatsApp on your smartphone, tap on the Settings tab at the bottom of the screen, tap on the Chats tab in the new screen and then tap on Chats Backup.

If the backup date is before the audio, uninstall WhatsApp from your phone (if you do not know how to do this, follow the instructions in my post on how to uninstall apps on iPhone), re-download the app from the App Store (following the instructions in my guide on how to download WhatsApp on iPhone), launch it and follow the initial setup process that is proposed.

After verifying your phone number, when asked if you want to restore chats from your previous backup, go ahead and accept. Finally, choose the name and photo you want to use for your account.

Now, if you go to the WhatsApp chat section, you will have access to all your conversations up to the date of the backup, so you should also find the audio files and voice messages you are interested in. To locate them quickly, follow the directions I gave you in the previous chapter.

How to recover WhatsApp audios from computer

As I mentioned at the beginning of this guide, recovering WhatsApp audio is also possible from a computer, but only for audio files and only if they have not been deleted. To find out how to do this, you first need to launch the WhatsApp client for Windows and macOS, or connect to the web version of the popular messaging service.

In all three cases, since the service only works on your computer if your smartphone with the WhatsApp app is connected to the internet, if you have not already done so, scan the QR code that appears on the screen of your PC. To do this, open WhatsApp on your smartphone, go to Settings > WhatsApp Web/Desktop > Scan QR code and scan the code that appears in the WhatsApp window on your PC with your phone's camera. You can find more details about the whole process in my tutorial on how to use WhatsApp for PC.

Now that you see the WhatsApp screen, locate the conversation containing the audio file you are interested in in the list on the left, click on it and click on the name of the contact or group you are interested in on the top right.

Then click on the Media , links and documents link, select the Media tab and locate the audio file you are interested in, which you can easily recognize by its headphone icon.

If you want to play the audio file directly from WhatsApp, click on it. If you want to download it to your computer, click on the down arrow button (top right), and click on the globe symbol (if available) to see its location in the conversation.

If you wish, you can also forward the message by clicking the right arrow icon at the top and selecting the contact you are interested in.


How to Download an Audio from WhatsApp

With a Samsung smartphone, Xiaomi or any other with Android system, it is also possible to download the voice messages received on Whatsapp by searching the folder where the application saves them. To do this, we need a file management application such as Xiaomi.

Then open the file manager to see the files on your phone as you would do with Windows folders and from the root folder, open Whatsapp and then Media > Whatsapp Audio. Whatsapp voice messages are files in .opus format and are named with the date and time they were sent or received. The file manager should be able to listen to them directly without having to reopen them in Whatsapp. Select the ones you want to download and then send them to your email inbox or save them to a cloud service such as Google Drive or Onedrive.


How to Delete WhatsApp Audios

Like other online messaging applications, WhatsApp has a database on the cell phone that is responsible for storing this information privately and not in view of the user, this happens many times when our application begins to create a backup that is loaded on the cell phone so that if you uninstall the data will endure, but there is a simple and manual way to delete all this data or files in this case the audios that we need to delete from our device.

  1. Go to the applications screen of your cell phone and find the file explorer of your mobile device, this explorer allows you to directly and easily access the internal storage folders of your cell phone.
  2. Once you have found the file explorer, head to the internal storage of your device, inside you will be able to see the folders that are stored in the internal memory, among them the WhatsApp folder.
  3. Inside the WhatsApp folder you will find three folders, Backup, Databases and Media, go to the Media folder.
  4. In this folder are all the media files of the application, these are photos, images and videos that are sorted and organized in separate folders so you can find the files.
  5. Go to the WhatsApp voice notes folder, where you will find all the audio files that have been received and sent from your voice notes, go and select them all and delete them from your account.
  6. Go back and now go to the WhatsApp Audio folder, where you will find all the audio files both sent and received from other users, select all of them and delete them.


Apps to Recover WhatsApp Audios


In addition to the above, there are a number of software and apps, which are designed to recover WhatsApp audios, especially deleted audio.

If you are interested in this, check out my guide on how to recover data from cell phones and rely on using one of the useful tools I have provided for this purpose.

Frequently asked questions and answers

More specifically, we will follow the next path: 'Files' > 'WhatsApp' > 'Media' > 'WhatsApp Audio'.
This last folder can also be called 'WhatsApp Voice Notes'.
By clicking on it we will see each and every one of the WhatsApp audios that have been sent to us, being able to return to listen to them and restore them in the app.
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Open the Google Drive app on your phone and place the audio files in the storage.
Choose the Audio option and the results will be filtered and displayed on the screen.

Download and install Tenorshare UltData for iOS on your computer and open it.
Connect your iOS device.
Choose the Support & Restore Social App and App Audios option.
When it's done you will be able to choose the files you want to recover.

Connect your Android phone to the computer.
Step two.
Scan the Android phone to locate deleted voice recordings on the cell phone.
Step three.
Preview and recover data from Android phone.

Compilation of frequently asked questions that our users have sent us and that our experts have answered.


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