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How to recover WhatsApp conversations

How to recover conversations WhatsApp Android

If what you are interested in doing is recover Android WhatsApp conversations, I inform you that you have two ways to do this on your side: one involves the use of Google Drive (i.e. going to intervene online), while another involves the use of the generated backup files locally from the application (thus acting on the phone memory)

Obviously, the backup must go back to a date before the deletion of the conversation of interest to you. However, please note that messages received after the backup date will be deleted after the backup is restored. For all the details of the case, read on.



Retrieve WhatsApp conversations from Google Drive

If you want recover WhatsApp conversations from Google Drive, the smartphone on which the messages 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 restore comes from.

To make sure that your smartphone is associated with the same Google account as the one of origin of the WhatsApp backup you want to restore, take the device, unlock it, access the home screen and / or the drawer and select the icon of the Settings (Quella a forma di ruota d'ingranaggio), select the voice Account, Then the Google logo from the screen that opens and check theemail address configured on the phone.

If the Google account configured on the phone is the same one that was associated with the smartphone from which the WhatsApp backup comes, do this directly: install (or reinstall) WhatsApp from 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 and follow the procedure of initial configuration, performs the verify the number e fai tap sul pulsating Restore at the request to restore the backup identified on Google Drive.



Please note that, by default, backups to Google Drive are performed automatically every day. To make sure it's actually this way and to make any changes, open WhatsApp, fai tap sul pulsating with i three dots vertically che si trova in alto a destra e seleciona la voce Settings from the menu that appears. Then, select the item Chat, That Backup of chats, then locate the section Last backup and check the date shown next to the wording Google Drive.

If you want to change the frequency with which the backup is made, tap on the wording Backup to Google Drive that you find in the section Google Drive settings and select the option you prefer from the menu that opens. You can also make a backup on the spot by pressing the button Back up your chats. If you want to include videos in your backups, which will lengthen backup saving times and consume more space on Google Drive, move to ON the switch next to the appropriate option.

Instead, if the Google account associated with the phone is not the same one that was associated with the smartphone from which the WhatsApp backup comes, before putting into practice the steps to install (or reinstall) WhatsApp, configure its use and restore the backup that I described to you just now, go to the section Settings> Accounts of Android and delete the Google account currently configured on the device by selecting the latter, pressing the button with i three dots vertically located at the top right and selecting the item Remove account from the menu that appears. The data associated with the account will be removed from the smartphone, but will remain stored in the cloud.



Afterwards, go back to the menu Settings> Accounts of Android and touch the wording Add account, then select the Google logo, enter the access data of the Google account relating to the WhatsApp backup and that's it. Read more here.

Recover WhatsApp conversations from local backup

If you want to restore a backup prior to the one made on Google Drive or if you do not have a WhatsApp backup on the Google home cloud storage service, you can recover WhatsApp conversations from local backup, or choosing from the backup files that the famous messaging app saves locally on the memory of the smartphone on which it is installed.

In this specific case, to ensure that everything goes in the right direction, it is essential that the telephone currently in use is associated with the same telephone number than that used to generate the WhatsApp backup.

That said, first make sure that at least one local WhatsApp backup is available or create one. To do this, open WhatsApp, fai tap sul pulsating with i three dots vertically located at the top right, select the item Settings from the menu that is shown to you and touch the wording Chat on the next screen. Then check what is written next to the item LocalIn section Last backup. If you think it is appropriate to perform a new backup, click on the button Back up.

Now, use any file manager (eg Google files) to locate the backup files to be used for restoring conversations, 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.



The oldest backup files are called msgstore- [data] (instead of [date] there is the date on which the backup was made), while the most recent one is named msgstore.db.crypt12. To make WhatsApp recognize a backup file before the last one automatically generated by the app, you need to rename it to msgstore.db.crypt12. Next, select the file in question, tap onsharing icon and, from the menu that appears, select the option to auto-send it via email or save it on a cloud storage service.

If you wish, you can also generate an even more recent backup than the one found in the folder Databases of WhatsApp. To do this, start WhatsApp, tap the button with i three dots vertically located at the top right and choose the item Settings from the menu that opens. Then select the option Chatwho quills Backup of chats and touch the button Back up. If you want to include the videos in the backup as well, please move up beforehand ON the lever at the voice Include videos.

After exporting the backup file, copy the file msgstore.db.crypt12 in the HomeWhatsAppDatabases folder of the device, install (or reinstall) WhatsApp on the latter and after the verify the number, agree to restore your conversations. That's all!

If no local backup files are "seen" and the phone tries to retrieve WhatsApp conversations from Google Drive, do not accept data restoration, uninstall the application and connect to the Google Drive permissions page. Then remove WhatsApp from the list of applications associated with Google Drive and reinstall the messaging app on the smartphone. After doing this, the application will not have access to Google Drive (you can enable it again after restoring your conversations) and will be "forced" to use local backups.

Recover WhatsApp conversations without backup

You need to recover WhatsApp conversations without backup? Although the thing becomes much more complicated, if not impossible. You must know, in fact, that there are some smartphone apps and special programs for computers that scan the phone's memory and allow you to restore backups and other WhatsApp files, but there must be many lucky conditions for this to happen successfully.

Anyway, if you want to know more, read my guide dedicated specifically to how to recover deleted WhatsApp messages without backup on Android.

How to recover iPhone WhatsApp conversations

Now let's move on to the side Apple and let's find out how to recover iPhone WhatsApp conversations. Again, the operation in question can be done using backups, but only via iCloud (thus going to act online), as WhatsApp on iPhone does not save backups locally. To find out more, read on.

Recover WhatsApp conversations from iCloud

If you want recover WhatsApp conversations from iCloud, all you have to do is, very simply restore the backup prior to the date of the chats you want to recover by installing (or reinstalling) the application on an "iPhone by" associated with it telephone number and at the same Apple ID of the device on which the backup was generated.

To “force” the creation of an iCloud backup, start WhatsApp on your iPhone, select the tab Settings which is located at the bottom right, then the entry Chatwhy are you cheating? Backup of chats and press pulsating Back up now (operation to be performed having an active SIM with the number previously used on the terminal). If you want to include videos in backups as well, move to ON the relative levetta all'opzione Include videos.

When the operation is completed, install (or reinstall) WhatsApp on your new iPhone by downloading the application from the App Store, do the verify the number and accept the restoration of your old conversations by pressing the button Ripristina chat timeline.

In case of problems, tap on the icon of Settings (the one in the shape of a gear wheel) that you find on the home screen and / or in the iOS app library and check that the account associated with the phone is the same one used on your old "iPhone by".

Also, select the tua photo, if the dicitura iCloud on the next screen, locate the entry for iCloud Drive and check that the lever corresponding to it is moved up ON (otherwise you provide) and, therefore, that data synchronization with iCloud Drive is active.

Recover WhatsApp conversations without backup

If it is your intention to recover WhatsApp conversations on iPhone, but you don't have it available no backup, I'm sorry to tell you that the possibilities at your disposal are very few. In fact, you can try to get the desired result using special software for recovering deleted files, which I told you about in detail in my specific guide on how to recover WhatsApp conversations on iPhone.

Another method is to try to restore the app to a previous state by restoring the iPhone from a backup on iTunes for Windows or in the macOS Finder, made before deleting the messages. To learn more, check out my guide on how to restore iPhone backups.

How to recover WhatsApp conversations after changing phones

You are in the process of replacing your current mobile phone and, therefore, would like to understand if there is a way to recover WhatsApp conversations after changing phones? If this is the case and if the same mobile operating system as the previous one is in use on the new smartphone, all you have to do is download WhatsApp on the new device, start the configuration procedure with your number and use the backup recovery system that I have already described you in the previous lines regarding Android and iOS.

If, on the other hand, you want recover WhatsApp conversations from Android to iPhone o vice versa, you must make use of the computer and some third party software designed for the purpose in question. For more details, I suggest reading my specific guides on how to transfer WhatsApp messages, how to transfer WhatsApp chats from Android to iPhone and how to transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to Android.

How to recover WhatsApp conversations from a broken phone

You ended up on this guide of mine because you are interested in finding out how to recover WhatsApp conversations from a broken phone? If so, keep in mind that if your conversations are stored on Google Drive on Android and on iCloud on iPhone, as I explained to you at the beginning of the tutorial, you can access them without problems from any other smartphone, by logging into your account, by going to install (or reinstall) WhatsApp and performing the initial setup procedure and backup recovery.

If, on the other hand, you have not saved the backups online or in any case if for any other reason you cannot use the practice described above, the only way you can try is to access the information present on the mobile phone memory or on the '' any memory card used by connecting the phone to the computer and acting from there, possibly also using special tools for data recovery. To learn more, read my specific guide on how to recover data from a broken phone.

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