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How to recover deleted WhatsApp messages: Android

One smartphone is possiedi Android and you want to find out how to recover deleted WhatsApp messages, the indications you must follow are those you find below. As anticipated at the beginning, you can do this by using the backup, both those online (i.e. which are located on Google Drive) than those local (i.e. those saved on the phone memory or on the microSD inserted into it).



From online backup

To begin with, let's find out how to recover WhatsApp messages using the backups made online, its Google Drive, the “big G” cloud storage service. In this case, however, keep in mind that the smartphone on which the conversations are to be restored must be associated with it telephone number and at the same Google account of the one from which the backup to be restored comes from. In this regard, it may be helpful to read my guides on how to see your phone number and how to associate an Android phone with Google.

To start the procedure, then proceed to install (or reinstall) WhatsApp by taking the application from the relevant section of the Play Store (or from the official website, proceeding as I explained in my guide on how to download WhatsApp for Android). Next, launch the app, follow the procedure of initial configuration and performs the verify the number. Afterwards, the app will automatically detect the presence of a backup and ask you if you want to restore it: you press the button Restore and it's done.

Note that, by default, backups to Google Drive are done automatically on a daily basis. To make sure this is actually the case and make any changes, open WhatsApp, tap the button with i three dots vertically located at the top right and choose the item Settings from the menu that appears. Now, select the item Chatwho quills Backup of chats and identify the section Last backup to check the date shown next to the wording Google Drive.



If you want to change how often the backup is performed, tap the item Backup to Google Drive present nella sezione Google Drive settings and choose the option that best suits you from the menu that opens. If you then want to make a backup at the moment, tap the button Back up your chats. If you want to include videos in your backups (it will lengthen the backup saving time and lead to the consumption of more space on Google Drive), move to ON the switch next to the appropriate option.

From offline backup

If you do not use Google Drive coupled with WhatsApp or if the date of the last backup on Google Drive is after the deletion of the messages of your interest, you must switch to "plan B", that is to restore the backups local. Thanks to them, in fact, you can restore the application status even to a date prior to that of the last automatic backup. In this case, however, to make sure that everything goes as it should, the phone in use must be associated with it. telephone number than that used to generate the WhatsApp backup.

That said, to use local WhatsApp backups for your purpose, first check that at least one local WhatsApp backup is available. To do this, open WhatsApp, fai tap sul pulsating with i three dots vertically located at the top right, touches the wording Settings from the menu that appears and then that Chat present in the next screen. Then check what is written next to the item LocalIn section Last backup. If you deem it appropriate, you can also generate a new backup at the moment, by clicking on the button Back up.



After completing the above steps, use any File Manager (eg. Google files) to find the backup files to be used to recover deleted WhatsApp messages, reaching the HomeWhatsAppDatabases folder or the SDWhatsAppDatabases folder (depending on whether you are using a smartphone with fixed or expandable memory) of the device you are using.

Multiple-date backup files are named msgstore- [data] (instead of [date] find the date the backup was made), while the most recent one is called msgstore.db.crypt12. To make WhatsApp recognize a backup file prior to the last one generated automatically by the app, rename it in msgstore.db.crypt12. Then, select the file in question, tap onsharing icon and, through the menu that opens, select the option to auto-send it to you emails or to save it to a cloud storage service.

Once the backup export is complete, copy the file msgstore.db.crypt12 in the HomeWhatsAppDatabases folder of the device, install (or reinstall) WhatsApp on your smartphone, follow the procedure of initial configuration proposes and carries out the verify the number, then agrees to restore your conversations.

If WhatsApp cannot "see" the local backup files and the smartphone tries to recover the WhatsApp chats from Google Drive, do not accept the data recovery from there, but proceed as follows: uninstalls the application and connected to the page relating to the permissions of Google Drive, remove WhatsApp from the list of applications associated with Google Drive e reinstall the messaging app on your device. At this point, WhatsApp will no longer have access to Google Drive (you can enable it again after restoring conversations) and it will use local backups.



How to recover deleted WhatsApp messages: iPhone

Su iPhone it is possible to recover deleted WhatsApp messages only using i online backup su iCloud, Apple's cloud storage service. Taking this into account, you cannot choose the date to report the status of the conversations and you can only restore the most recent backup made by the application. Furthermore, for the operation to be successful you must use WhatsApp on an iPhone associated with it telephone number and at the same Apple ID of the device on which the backup was generated. In this regard, you may find it useful to read my guide on how to access iCloud.

To check the date of the last application backup, open WhatsApp, select the scheda Settings located at the bottom right, touches the wording Chat present in the new screen displayed and then that Backup of chats. If you want to make a backup at the moment, you can do it by tapping on the item Back up now. If you want to include the videos in the backups as well (it will lengthen the backup saving time and lead to the consumption of more iCloud space), move to ON the relative levetta all'opzione Include videos.

After doing the above steps, you have to install (or reinstall) WhatsApp by taking the app from the relevant section of the App Store, then you must follow the procedure of initial configuration that is proposed to you, carry out the verify the number and accept the backup ripristino, which will be automatically detected thanks to iCloud.

How to recover deleted WhatsApp messages without backup

You would like to understand if there is a way to recover deleted WhatsApp messages without backup? The answer is yes. You can do this by using some special tools for recovering deleted data. To find out more, keep reading: everything is explained in detail below.

How to recover deleted WhatsApp messages without backup: Android

A device is possible Android and you are interested in being able to recover deleted WhatsApp messages without having to use a backup, I suggest you rely on the use of the app Undeleter Recover Files & Data. It is an application for identifying and restoring data on the mobile platform of the "green robot", which acts by carrying out a thorough scan of the smartphone's memory, in order to recover all data that is not yet physically disappeared from the device.

The success of the operation therefore depends on whether the portion of memory on which WhatsApp conversations were saved has not already been overwritten by other data. Note that root is required to function properly. Furthermore, it is basically free, but to save any recovered data you have to switch to the paid version through in-app purchases (at a price of 3,19 euros).

To download and install Undeleter Recover Files & Data, access the relevant section of the Play Store (or download the app from alternative stores), then start the application by selecting its icon on the home screen and / or in the drawer and, once the main screen of Undeleter Recover Files & Data is displayed, grant the required permissions.

Next, choose the option Restore dataselect l 'WhatsApp icon from the proposed new screen and wait for a complete check of the smartphone memory to be performed. At the end of the procedure, if there are recoverable messages, select them and use the icon floppy disk located at the top right to save them.

How to recover deleted WhatsApp messages without backup: iPhone

Stai using a iPhone, you don't have a WhatsApp backup available (or the one available on iCloud is after the date on which you deleted the messages you want to restore) and would you like to understand how to recover the conversations of your interest? If so, you may be able to do this by using i device backup.

Let me explain: going to reset iPhone completely and restoring it via a backup of iTunes or iCloud, proceeding as I explained to you in my guides on how to make iPhone backups and how to restore iPhone backups, you may be able to recover the WhatsApp conversations of your interest, if the backup of the "iPhone by" was created prior to deleting the messages, obviously. It is a fairly drastic operation and with an uncertain outcome, I know, but it still represents hope in the most desperate situations.

If you find it useful, I would like to point out that there is also another possibility to recover deleted WhatsApp messages: contact the appropriate deleted file recovery software. I told you about it in detail in my guide dedicated specifically to how to recover WhatsApp conversations on iPhone.

How to recover whatsapp messages deleted by the sender

You ended up on this guide of mine not because interested in understanding how to restore the conversations or single messages that you deleted from the well-known messaging app, but to find out how to recover WhatsApp messages deleted by the sender? If this is the case, I inform you that you can succeed in your intent by using the aforementioned backup, on both Android and iPhone.

Another valid solution is to contact delle dedicated apps able to save the preview contents of messages that have been removed. If you want to know more, I suggest you read my guide on how to recover deleted WhatsApp messages from sender.

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