After clearing up a little misunderstanding that there was between you, you unlocked a person you had previously blocked on WhatsApp. You then tried to retrieve your old conversations, but when you scrolled through the app's main screen, you couldn't find them. Don't panic - the last word hasn't been said yet! Maybe the messages you're trying to retrieve are still there, within tap range.
If you give me five minutes of your free time, I can explain how to retrieve blocked messages on WhatsApp by going to check the archived conversations (the "hidden" section of WhatsApp where your old messages might have ended up) and, in case the first solution does not turn out to be useful, I will explain how to restore a previous backup of the application so that you can get back your old deleted chats. Finally, I'll give you some "tips" on how to receive messages that the blocked person sent you on WhatsApp when you hadn't unblocked it yet (and, therefore, hadn't been delivered to you).
Come on, don't waste any more time and put the suggestions I'm about to give you into practice. Whether you have an Android smartphone or an iPhone, this tutorial will help you retrieve messages from people stuck on WhatsApp... or at the very least, you'll know everything you can do to achieve a similar result, so that you don't have to worry about unpleasant situations like the one you're in right now. All that's left for me to do is wish you a good read and good luck with everything!
Retrieve blocked messages from the WhatsApp archive
As already mentioned at the beginning of the post, before thinking about drastic solutions such as restoring WhatsApp backups, you should take a look at the "Archive" section of the application, where you can "hide" conversations that you do not want to keep in the main screen of the application.
You may not remember, but after you locked the contact you unlocked, you may have decided to archive the chats you had with WhatsApp, so you may now be able to retrieve them by simply removing them from that archive. I'll tell you how to do it both on smartphones and tablets and on PCs.
If you are using an Android terminal, launch WhatsApp's official WhatsApp application, select the Chat tab in the Chat tab and tap the Archived Chat item at the bottom of the page. Then, check the list of conversations in WhatsApp's archive and if it includes the one you had with the contact you just unlocked, proceed as follows.
Tap on the conversation you want to extract from the archive, tap on the box icon at the top right and you're done. The chat extracted from the archive will return to the Chat tab of WhatsApp, ready to be viewed and used again. Easier than that?!
If you are unclear about some of the steps and/or need more information on how to view archived chats on WhatsApp, please see my WhatsApp chat tutorial.
Do you use an iPhone? In this case, all you need to do to access WhatsApp's archive is to launch the official service application on your "melaphone", select the Chat tab (bottom right), swipe from top to bottom and press the Chat archive item at the top of the screen.
At this point, check if there is also the conversation you had with your blocked (and then unblocked) contact in the archived chat list and, if so, proceed with its extraction. Then, make a swipe from right to left on its title and press the Extract button that appears on the side (or, alternatively, drag your finger to the left end of the screen).
The selected conversation will return to the Chat tab of WhatsApp ready to be viewed and used as needed.
Do you often find yourself using WhatsApp from your PC via the WhatsApp Web service or the official WhatsApp client for Windows or MacOS? If so, you can access your archived messages by clicking on the v arrow at the top of the left sidebar and choosing Archived from the box that appears on the screen.
Once this is done, scroll through the list of archived conversations: if, among them, there is also the one you had undertaken with the blocked contact, pass over it with the mouse pointer, click on the arrow v that appears on the right and select the item Extract chat from the archive from the menu you see on the screen.
The selected chat will appear on the WhatsApp Home screen. If you do not understand any of the steps, please see my tutorial on how to view chats stored on WhatsApp.
Recover blocked messages using WhatsApp backups
Didn't the search inside the archived chats give the hoped-for result? Then I'm sorry, but in this case, all you have to do is restore WhatsApp to a previous state and try to recover the "blocked" messages.
To return WhatsApp to a previous state, you must first enable the backup feature within the application. Then you must remove WhatsApp from your smartphone (or tablet) and reinstall it so that the application can "see" and restore the backup.
Obviously, for the operation to be successful, the backup used must be prior to the date on which the messages of the blocked contact were deleted: now I'll explain in detail how to proceed on both Android and iOS. Good luck!
On Android there are two ways to restore WhatsApp backups: the first is to take advantage of the backups made by the application on Google Drive (i.e. on the cloud); the second is to take advantage of the backup files that WhatsApp saves locally on the device memory. The difference between the two methods is that the first allows you to restore only the most recent backup of WhatsApp (typically, the app backs up to Google Drive every day), while the second allows you to restore older backups as well. Let's see how to proceed in both cases.
If you have deleted your blocked user's conversations on WhatsApp recently, so you can retrieve them via Google Drive backup (which should date back to a day ago), proceed as follows.
- Check that the backup function on Google Drive is active and check the date of the last backup made. To do this, start WhatsApp, select the Chat tab at the top left, press the ⋮p button at the top right and choose Settings from the menu that opens. On the next screen, go to Chat > Chat Backup and check the Google Drive label under Last Backup, which is the date the last backup was made on Google Drive. If the information is missing, it means that the backup function on Google Drive is not active and you cannot proceed. If, however, there is a time instead of a date, it means that the backup was made on the current day, at the time indicated in the app.
- Uninstall WhatsApp. If you don't know how to do it, look for the app icon on your home screen or Android drawer (the screen with a list of all the apps installed on your device), tap on it and drag it to the trash can icon or the Uninstall button that appears on your screen. Alternatively, choose Uninstall from the menu that may appear on the display (the procedure to follow may vary from device to device). If you don't understand some of the steps, see my tutorial on how to uninstall apps on Android.
- Reinstall WhatsApp. You can do it normally from the Play Store.
- Enable WhatsApp and agree to restore the backup. When WhatsApp installation is complete, launch the application and follow the on-screen configuration procedure. After verifying the number, the app will suggest that you restore the chat backup from Google Drive by pressing the Restore button.
In order to get the process done correctly, you need to make sure that your smartphone is associated with the same Google account and the same phone number as the phone used to create the backup (there should be no problem with this, as you are using the same device, but be careful). For full instructions, please see my tutorial on how to retrieve conversations from WhatsApp.
My Google Drive backup is too recent, so it doesn't contain the WhatsApp messages you want to recover? Then all you have left to do is rely on the backups saved locally from the app on your smartphone (or tablet) memory. Here's how to do it.
- Remove WhatsApp permissions from Google Drive. Go to the Google Drive permissions page, select WhatsApp from the list of applications connected to your Google Account and click the Remove Access button. This will remove WhatsApp from Google Drive and force the application to use local backups instead of online backups. Next, you can re-authorize WhatsApp by starting a backup on Google Drive from within the application.
- Install a file manager for Android. I recommend Total Commander.
- Use the file manager to navigate to the WhatsApp backup folder. This folder is located in HomeWhatsAppDatabases. Inside it you will find several files.
- Some files called msgstore-[data] (where instead of [date] is the date when the backup was made), which are the oldest backups of WhatsApp.
- msgstore.db.crypt12, which is the most recent backup made by WhatsApp (normally, backups are made automatically every 24 hours from the app).
- Rename the backup you want to use. You must rename the backup you want to use (i.e. the backup that dates back to the date you want to rest the conversations) to msgstore.db.crypt12, also renaming the current msgstore.db.crypt12 to something like msgstore.db.crypt12.old.
- Save the file msgstore.db.crypt12. Save it in a safe place, e.g. send it to yourself by email.
- Uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp. You can follow the instructions in the previous chapter of the tutorial.
- Copy the msgstore.db.crypt12 file to the WhatsApp folder. Next, use a file manager to access the HomeWhatsAppDatabases folder and paste the msgstore.db.crypt12 file that you saved earlier into it.
- Activate WhatsApp and agree to restore the backup. As explained in the previous chapter of the tutorial.
If you use an iPhone, you can only retrieve the most recent backup of WhatsApp, the one the application automatically saves to iCloud (Apple's cloud service) at regular intervals, by default every day. Unfortunately, you cannot restore the app to previous states using local backups like on Android. Below are all the steps needed to proceed.
- Verify that the iCloud backup feature is turned on and verify the date of the last backup you made. Then, launch WhatsApp, select the Settings tab in the lower right corner and go to Chat > Chat Backup. Now check the date or time next to the Last Backup item, which is the date that the last backup to iCloud was made. If the information is missing, it means that the backup feature is not active and you cannot restore WhatsApp to a previous state.
- Uninstall WhatsApp. If you don't know how to do it, look for the application icon in the home screen, tap on it for a long time and press on the x that appears on it. If you don't understand a few steps, see my tutorial on how to uninstall apps from iPhone.
- Reinstall WhatsApp. You can do this through the App Store.
- Enable WhatsApp and agree to restore the backup. To perform this task, start WhatsApp and follow the initial configuration procedure for the app. After you verify the number, the app asks if you want to restore chat backups from iCloud: Agree by pressing the Restore Chat History button and you are done.
In order for the process to be completed correctly, the iPhone from which it is backed up and the iPhone on which it is restored must be associated with the same phone number and the same Apple ID. To learn more, see my tutorial on how to retrieve conversations from WhatsApp.
Retrieve Messages from People Blocked on WhatsApp
Isn't your goal to retrieve old conversations you had with the person stuck on WhatsApp? Instead, would you like to retrieve the messages that the person sent you when they were still stuck, so they never arrived on your smartphone? In that case, I'm sorry, but there is no technical gimmick you can use.
The only thing you can do is contact the person you've locked on WhatsApp and ask them to forward the messages they sent you when they weren't unlocked, which is very simple and can be done from both your smartphone and your computer. You can easily recognize the messages you want to forward because they don't have a double check mark next to them (because they were never delivered to the recipient, i.e., to you). Now I'll tell you what your friend has to do to forward the messages he sent you that never arrived.
If the friend you unlocked on WhatsApp uses an Android terminal, they can let you receive messages that were not delivered to you by opening your chat and tapping on the first message you want to send.
Then you have to select the remaining messages (which, I repeat, you can easily recognize because they are not marked with a double check mark), you have to press on the arrow icon located in the top right corner, you have to select your callsign from the screen that opens and, finally, you have to press on the airplane icon that appears in the bottom right corner.
You will receive messages forwarded by your friend as if they were new messages just written on WhatsApp.
Does your friend use an iPhone? In this case, he or she can forward messages that he or she has sent you but that have not been delivered to you by doing so: after opening the conversation that contains the messages to forward, he or she must tap on one of them (he or she can recognize them by the fact that they do not have a double check mark) and select Forward from the menu that appears on the screen.
Then select all the messages you want to send, place a checkmark next to them, press the arrow icon in the lower left corner, select your callsign from the screen that opens and press the Send button in the lower right corner. Easy, right?
You will receive the selected messages from your friend as if they were new messages received on WhatsApp.
Does your friend enjoy using WhatsApp on a PC using the WhatsApp Web service or the official WhatsApp client for Windows and MacOS? No problem: He can forward messages that were not delivered to you by selecting the conversation that contains them (from the left sidebar), pressing the v arrow at the top right and choosing Select Messages from the menu that appears.
To conclude, you must select all the messages to be sent to you (by placing a check mark on them), you must click on the arrow at the bottom right and, finally, you must complete the forwarding by selecting your name from the box that appears on the screen and clicking on the icon of the plane. As usual, the messages to be sent can be easily recognized by the fact that they are not marked with a double tick.