You have mistakenly deleted one or more conversations on WhatsApp and now you would like to see if you can retrieve them? The answer, if you're a bit lucky and have been provident enough to create a backup of WhatsApp, is yes. If you are interested in understanding how to proceed, please continue reading. In the next few lines, I will tell you what steps you need to take to recover deleted chats on WhatsApp, going to what are the platforms supported by the service.
I'll let you know right away that I'll not only show you how deleted chat sessions in the strictest sense of the word, but also how to intervene on what looks like chat sessions but which, in reality, have simply been archived, then simply hidden from the main screen of the app. In all cases, you don't have to worry: you won't have to do anything particularly complex or out of your reach.
Having said that, I would suggest that we do not delay any longer and start working immediately. So take a few moments off just for yourself, sit down nice and comfortable and start immediately to concentrate on reading the following. I'm sure that, in the end, you'll be ready to say that it was really a piece of cake! What do you say, shall we bet?
How to recover deleted chats on WhatsApp
If you are interested in figuring out how to recover deleted chats on WhatsApp, you should follow the instructions below. Keep in mind that this can only be done using the backups made by the popular messaging application on Android and iOS. In their absence, it is very difficult to obtain noteworthy results (in any case, I will tell you more about them in the second part of the tutorial).
How to recover deleted chats WhatsApp Android
If you are interested in recovering deleted chats on WhatsApp and you have an Android device, you can do so by installing/reinstalling the application and agreeing to the backup recovery request, provided you have created one beforehand and the phone/tablet in use is associated with the same phone number and Google account as the device from which the backup came.
To verify the availability of a backup, simply use WhatsApp's backup feature. So, take your smartphone, unlock it, start WhatsApp by selecting the WhatsApp icon (the one with the green cartoon and white phone handset), tap the vertical three-dot button in the upper right corner, and select Settings from the menu that opens.
Next, select the Chat item, tap on Chat Backup and check the date of the last backup you made, if any. If the date of the last backup is later than the one you need (i.e. the date when the messages to be recovered were still present in WhatsApp), you can count on the application's local backups.
In fact, you should know that, on Android, in addition to backups to the cloud (i.e. on Google Drive), WhatsApp also creates local backups, which "accumulate" (unlike online backups) and therefore allow you to restore the application to a state prior to the last backup created (this option is not offered by cloud backups). To check the date of WhatsApp's last offline backup, you can use any file manager (e.g. Google Files), go to the HomeWhatsAppDatabases or SDWhatsAppDatabases folder and check the dates of the various files named msgstore-[data].1.db.crypt12 (where [date] represents the day the backup was created).
Having said that, let's see how to proceed with data recovery. If the backup was made on Google Drive, make sure that the phone you are using is associated with the same Google account and phone number as the device that was backed up (otherwise the chat recovery process will fail): to do so, tap on the Settings icon (the one with the gear wheel) on the home screen and select Account from the screen that opens, then tap on the Google logo and check the email address on the screen you are being proposed.
If you backed up to the device memory, use a file manager (for example, Google Files) to go to the HomeWhatsAppDatabases or SDWhatsAppDatabases folder (depending on whether you use a smartphone with fixed or expandable memory) on your phone and temporarily store it in a different location or on a cloud storage service. If you want, you can also restore a more dated backup by renaming one of the files named msgstore-[data].1.db.crypt12 (where [date] refers to the day the backup was created) - which are always in the Databases folder - to msgstore.db.crypt12.
After you have completed the above steps, you can finally get to the actual action. So first, delete the app. To do so, press and hold the WhatsApp icon on the home screen or in the drawer, drag it to the dustbin icon at the top of the screen (or select the uninstall item from the menu that opens) and answer affirmatively when asked if you want to delete the app. Alternatively, go to Settings > Apps, select WhatsApp and press the Uninstall button twice in a row. For more details, you can refer to the instructions in my post on how to uninstall apps on Android.
Next, download and re-install WhatsApp by visiting its Play Store section and clicking the Install button. Then start the app by tapping on the Open button that appears on the display or by selecting the icon that has just been added to the home screen. If you don't understand any of the steps, you can read my article on how to install WhatsApp on Android.
Now, if the backup was done locally, first insert the file that was backed up locally and that you had momentarily set aside in the location I reported earlier, then go to the apps page that have access to your Google account, remove WhatsApp from those apps (to force the app to search for local backups and not the cloud).
Finally, re-configure the name and profile photo, then go to the Chat section of the app and you will find yourself in front of the chats that you previously deleted.
How to recover deleted chats WhatsApp iPhone
Now let's see how to recover deleted chats on WhatsApp by acting from iPhone. Again, you can do this by deleting and reinstalling the familiar application and then taking advantage of your previous iCloud backups. To make everything work, however, the backup you are interested in must be from the same phone number and the same iCloud account that were previously associated with WhatsApp. Unfortunately, you cannot take advantage of local backups, so you can only restore to the most recent backup.
For starters, make sure you have a backup through which you can restore previous chats. To do this, take your "melaphone", unlock it, start WhatsApp by selecting its icon (the one with the green cartoon and the white phone handset) and choose the Settings item at the bottom right of the main screen of the app you are now viewing.
Next, tap the Chat item, then the Chat Backup item, and make sure that the new screen that you are now shown shows that the backup was made, as well as the date of the most recent backup (this is shown at the top of the screen).
If the backup function on iCloud is not available, to fix it, go to the iOS home screen, select the Settings icon (the one with the gear wheel) and tap on your name at the top of the screen. If you're not logged in with your Apple ID on your device (and your name doesn't appear), select the appropriate wording to remedy this. On the next screen, tap on iCloud and make sure the toggle next to iCloud Drive and WhatsApp is turned ON (or you can do it yourself).
Once you've completed the steps above, you can take the actual action! First, delete the WhatsApp app from your device by tapping on the WhatsApp app icon on your home screen and holding it down for a few seconds, then select Delete App from the menu that opens and press the Delete button in response to the warning on the display. For more details on what to do, you can read my guide specifically focused on how to uninstall apps on iPhone.
Now, download and re-install WhatsApp on your iPhone by visiting the relevant section of the App Store, tapping the Get Now button, then the Install button and authorizing the operation using Face ID, Touch ID or Apple ID password. Then, launch the app by pressing the Open button that appears on the screen or by selecting the icon that has been added to the home screen. For more details, read my post about how to download WhatsApp on iPhone.
How to recover deleted chats WhatsApp PC
Wondering how to recover deleted WhatsApp chats from a PC? This is not possible, or rather, it is not possible directly from a computer, because the service client available for Windows and MacOS and its Web interface are not standalone solutions, but real time replicas of what the smartphone app offers, and only if the mobile phone on which WhatsApp is installed is connected to the Internet, as I explained in detail in my guide on how to use WhatsApp on a PC.
Taking into account what I have just said, in order to be able to access WhatsApp's deleted conversations from your computer, you will need to first perform the chat retrieval procedure I explained in the previous steps for Android and iOS, depending on the smartphone you are using.
How to Recover Deleted Chat WhatsApp without Backups
Are you wondering if there is a way to retrieve WhatsApp conversations you deleted without taking advantage of backups, because you do not have one available, or because you would like to adopt an alternative procedure to the one I described at the beginning of this guide? The answer is yes, or rather, you can try to recover the chats you are interested in from your phone memory by using computer applications and software (by connecting your smartphone to your PC) that deal with data recovery.
In fact, apps like EaseUS MobiSaver for Android or programs for Windows and macOS like Dr.Fone from Wondershare can be of great help in this respect: for all the details of the case, I refer you to my specific guides on how to recover deleted WhatsApp messages without Android backup and how to recover WhatsApp conversations on iPhone.
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's not much you can do to recover them. However, as they say, trying doesn't hurt.
How to retrieve archived WhatsApp chats
If you haven't deleted conversations on WhatsApp in the true sense of the word, but have simply archived them, which is why they are no longer visible on the main screen of the app, I am pleased to inform you that you can fix this quickly and easily, using a "standard" feature of the well-known messaging service. Everything is explained in detail below.
How to retrieve archived chats WhatsApp Android
If you want to find out how to retrieve WhatsApp chats stored on your Android smartphone, grab your device, unlock it, go to your home screen, and select the WhatsApp icon (the one with the green cartoon and white handset). On the screen that opens, go to the Chat section and select the Archive link below.
Then locate the conversation you want to restore, tap on its title and keep tapping for a few moments to select it, then tap on the button with the box and the up arrow at the top of the display and you're done.
How to retrieve archived WhatsApp iPhone chat
If you are using an iPhone, to retrieve archived chats from WhatsApp, first grab your device, unlock it, access the home screen, and tap the WhatsApp icon (the one with the green cartoon and white handset). On the screen of the app you are now viewing, select Chat at the bottom.
Now, swipe from the top to the bottom of the screen and select the Archived Chat icon that appears at the top. Finally, locate the archived conversation you want to retrieve, swipe its title from right to left and press the Extract button that appears. That's it!
How to retrieve archived WhatsApp PC chat
If, on the other hand, you're interested in figuring out how to retrieve the WhatsApp chats you've archived from your PC, the first thing you need to do is to start the famous app client on your computer. So, if you're using Windows, select the relevant shortcut in the Start menu, while if you're using macOS, open the Launchpad and select the application icon (the one with the green cartoon and the white handset). If, on the other hand, you are using WhatsApp Web, open the browser you usually use to surf the Web from a computer (e.g. Chrome) and visit the home page of the service.
Once you see the WhatsApp screen, if necessary, scan the QR code that you are prompted to use for your account using the QR code section of the WhatsApp app installed on your smartphone. If you don't know how to do this, follow the steps below.
- If you own an Android smartphone, tap the three dots vertical button at the top right of the WhatsApp home screen, choose WhatsApp Web from the menu that opens and tap the (+) button.
- If you have an iPhone, tap Settings at the bottom of the WhatsApp home screen and then tap WhatsApp Web/Desktop from the next screen. Next, select Scan QR Code.
At this point, regardless of the mobile platform used, authorize WhatsApp to use your smartphone's camera and frame the QR code on your computer screen with it. Once this is done, the device pairing will be completed in a few moments and you can use WhatsApp from your computer.
So, to accomplish this, tap the three dot button vertically (on Windows and WhatsApp Web) or the down arrow (on macOS) at the top left of the screen, select the Archive item from the menu that opens, locate the archived conversation you want to retrieve, click the down arrow button that matches it, and select the Extract Chat from Archive option from the menu that appears to complete the process.