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How to recover blocked messages on WhatsApp

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, it is good to take a look at the "Archive" section of the application, where you can "hide" the conversations you do not want keep in the main screen of the same.

Maybe you don't remember it but, after blocking the contact you have now unblocked, you may have decided to archive the chats you had with the latter and therefore now you may be able to recover them simply by extracting them from the aforementioned archive. Now I'll explain how to do it both on smartphones and tablets and on PCs.



Android

A terminal was used Android, start the official WhatsApp application, select the tab Chat in the latter and tap on the item Archived chats found at the bottom of the page. Then check the list of conversations in the WhatsApp archive and if, among them, there is also the one you made with the contact you just unlocked, proceed as follows.

Perform a prolonged tap on the conversation to be extracted from the archive, press the icon of box that appears at the top right and that's it. The chat extracted from the archive will return to the tab Chat of WhatsApp, ready to be consulted and used again. Easier than that ?!

If any steps are not clear to you and / or you need more information on how to see the chats stored on WhatsApp, consult the tutorial I dedicated to the topic.

iPhone

I use a iPhone? In this case, all you have to do to access the WhatsApp archive is to start the official application of the service on your "iPhone by", select the tab Chat (bottom right), make one swipe from top to bottom and press on the voice Archived chats that appears at the top of the screen.



At this point, check if in the list of archived chats there is also the conversation you had undertaken with your blocked (and then unblocked) contact and, if so, proceed with its extraction. Make, therefore, one swipe from right to left on its title and presses the button Extract that appears to the side (or, alternatively, drag your finger to the left end of the screen).

The selected conversation will return to the tab Chat of WhatsApp ready to be consulted and used if necessary. For more details, read my guide on how to see chats stored on WhatsApp.

computer

You often find yourself using WhatsApp from your PC via the service Web WhatsApp or official WhatsApp client for Windows or macOS? In this case, you can access the archived messages by clicking on the arrow v located at the top of the left sidebar and choosing the item Archived from the box that appears on the screen.

Once this is done, scroll through the list of archived conversations: if, among these, there is also the one you had undertaken with the blocked contact, hover over it with the mouse pointer, click on the arrow v that appears on the right and selects the item Estrai chat dall'archivio from the menu you see on the screen.

The selected chat will be shown on the main WhatsApp screen. If any steps are not clear to you, check out my tutorial on how to see chats stored on WhatsApp.


Retrieve blocked messages using WhatsApp backups

Did the search in the archived chats not give the desired result? So I'm sorry but, in this case, you just have to restore WhatsApp to a previous state and thus try to recover the "blocked" messages.


To return WhatsApp to a previous state, you must first have activated the backup function within the application. Then you have to remove WhatsApp from your smartphone (or tablet) and you have to 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 blocked contact's messages were deleted: now I'll explain in detail how to proceed on both Android and iOS. Good luck!

Android

Su Android there are two possibilities for restore WhatsApp backups: the first is to take advantage of the backups made by the application on Google Drive (therefore on the cloud); the second, on the other hand, consists in exploiting the backup file 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 WhatsApp backup (as a rule, the app performs a backup on Google Drive every day), while the second allows you to restore even older backups. Let's see how to proceed in both cases.

Google Drive

If you have recently deleted the conversations of the user blocked on WhatsApp and, therefore, you can manage to recover them through the backup of Google Drive (which should be a day ago), proceed like this.


  • Check that the backup to Google Drive function is active and check the date of the last backup made. To do this, start WhatsApp, select the tab Chat located at the top left, press the ⋮ p button located at the top right and choose the item Settings from the menu that opens. On the next screen, go to Chat> Chat backup and check the wording for Google Drive present under the heading Last backup: this is the date of the last backup made on Google Drive. If the information is missing, it means that the backup function on Google Drive is not active and that, therefore, you cannot proceed. If, on the other hand, 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 theicona dell'applicazione on the home screen or in the Android drawer (the screen with the list of all the apps installed on the device), do a prolonged tap on it and drag it to the icon of the basket or on the button Uninstall that appears on the screen. Alternatively, choose the voice Uninstall from the menu that may appear on the display (the procedure to follow may change from device to device). If any steps are not clear to you, check out my tutorial on how to uninstall apps on Android.
  • Reinstall WhatsApp. You can do this normally from the Play Store. If you encounter any difficulties in completing the operation, read the instructions in my guide on how to install Whatsapp on Android.
  • Activate WhatsApp and agree to restore the backup. Once the installation of WhatsApp is complete, start the application and follow the configuration procedure proposed on the screen. After verifying the number, the app will offer you to restore the backup of the chats from Google Drive: accept by pressing the button Restore.

In order for the procedure to be completed correctly, you must 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 problems in this regard, since you are using the same device , but better be careful). For all the relevant instructions, see my tutorial on how to retrieve conversations from WhatsApp.


Local backup

Is the Google Drive backup too recent and therefore does not contain the WhatsApp messages you intend to recover? Then you just have to rely on backups saved locally from the app on the memory of your smartphone (or tablet). Now I'll explain how to proceed.

  • 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 presses the button Rimuovi access. This will remove WhatsApp from Google Drive and force the application to use local backups instead of online ones. Later, you can give WhatsApp authorization again by starting a backup on Google Drive from within the application.
  • Install an Android file manager. I recommend Total Commander.
  • Use the file manager to navigate to the folder with WhatsApp backups. The folder in question is located in HomeWhatsAppDatabases. Inside you will find several files.
    • Some files named msgstore- [data] (where instead of [date] there is the date the backup was made), which are the oldest WhatsApp backups.
    • msgstore.db.crypt12, which is the most recent backup made by WhatsApp (as a rule, backups are done automatically every 24 hours by the app).
  • Rename the backup you want to use. You need to rename the backup you want to use (i.e. the backup dating back to the date you want to rest the conversations) to msgstore.db.crypt12, also renaming the current one msgstore.db.crypt12 in something like msgstore.db.crypt12.old.
  • Save the msgstore.db.crypt12 file. Save it in a safe place, such as self-emailing it.
  • 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. Then use a file manager to access the HomeWhatsAppDatabases folder and paste the file into it msgstore.db.crypt12 that you saved earlier.
  • Activate WhatsApp and agree to restore the backup. As explained in the previous chapter of the tutorial.

Also in this case, if some steps are not clear to you, you can consult my guide on how to recover conversations from WhatsApp: there you will surely find all the information you need.

iPhone

If you use a iPhone, you can only recover the most recent WhatsApp backup, the one the application automatically saves to iCloud (Apple's cloud service) at regular intervals, by default every day. Unfortunately, it is not possible to restore the app to previous states using local backups like on Android. Below are all the steps required to proceed.

  • Check that the iCloud backup function is active and check the date of the last backup made. Then start WhatsApp, select the tab Settings which is at the bottom right and go up Chat> Chat backup. Now check the date or time present next to the entry Last backup: this is the date of the last backup made on iCloud. If the information is missing, it means that the backup function is not active and that, therefore, you cannot restore WhatsApp to a previous state.
  • Uninstall WhatsApp. If you don't know how to do it, look for theicona dell'applicazione on the home screen, do a prolonged tap on it and presses on x that appears on it. If any steps are not clear to you, check out my tutorial on how to uninstall apps from iPhone.
  • Reinstall WhatsApp. You can do this via the App Store. If you have any difficulties in this situation, read my guide on how to download WhatsApp on iPhone.
  • Activate WhatsApp and agree to restore the backup. To do this, start WhatsApp and follow the app's initial setup procedure. After verifying the number, the app will ask you if you want to restore the backup of the chats from iCloud: accept by pressing the button Ripristina chat timeline and the game will be done.

For the procedure to be completed correctly, the iPhone from which the backup comes and the one on which it is restored must be associated with the same phone number and the same Apple ID. To find out more, check out my tutorial on how to recover conversations from WhatsApp.

Retrieve messages from people blocked on WhatsApp

Isn't your purpose to recover the old conversations you had with the person blocked on WhatsApp? Would you like to retrieve the messages that it sent you when it was still blocked and that, therefore, never arrived on your smartphone? In this case, I'm sorry, but there is no technical gimmick that you can resort to.

The only thing you can do is contact the person you blocked on WhatsApp and ask them to forward the messages he sent you when it had not yet been unlocked: it is a very simple operation that can be carried out both from a smartphone and from a computer. The messages to be forwarded, then, can be easily recognized by the fact that they do not have the double check next to it (because they were never delivered to the recipient, that is, to you). Now I'll explain what your friend has to do to forward the messages he sent you that never reached you.

Android

If the friend you have unblocked on WhatsApp uses a terminal Android, can make you receive messages that were not delivered to you by opening your chat and doing a prolonged tap on the first message to forward to you.

Then he must select the remaining messages (which, I repeat, he can easily recognize due to the fact that they are not marked with a double check), he must press the icon of the arrow located at the top right, must select yours nominative from the screen that opens and, finally, must press the icon of theairplane which appears at the bottom right.

You will receive the messages forwarded by your friend as if they were new messages just written on WhatsApp.

iPhone

Your friend uses a iPhone? In this case, he can forward the messages he sent you but that were not delivered to you by doing this: after opening the conversation that contains the messages to be forwarded, he must do a prolonged tap on one of them (it can recognize them by the fact that they do not have the double check) and select the item Submit give the menu to compare your schermo.

Then he must select all the messages to be sent to you, putting the check mark next to them, pressing the icon of arrow that appears at the bottom left, select yours nominative from the screen that opens and press the button Send located at the bottom right. Easy, right?

You will receive the messages selected by your friend as if they were new messages received on WhatsApp.

computer

Your friend loves using WhatsApp on PC by taking advantage of the service Web WhatsApp or official WhatsApp client for Windows and macOS? No problem: it can forward messages that were not delivered to you by selecting the conversation that contains them (from the left sidebar), pressing the arrow v located at the top right and choosing the item Select messages give the menu to compare.

Finally, he must select all the messages to be sent to you (by placing a check mark on them), he must click on the arrow located at the bottom right and, finally, must complete the submission by selecting yours nominative from the box that appears on the screen and pressing theairplane. As usual, the messages to be sent can be easily recognized by the fact that they are not marked with a double check.

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