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In this guide, we’ll show you how to get deleted WhatsApp messages back. And as a bonus tip, I will show you how to set up an advanced WhatsApp backup and recovery plan so you never lose your WhatsApp messages again. Ever!
So, lets get started
Before heading to recovery, let mefirst quickly demonstrate how Whatsapp chat backups work!
Whatsapp provides a chat backup option under Settings> Chats>Chat Backup
By default, WhatsApp stores last 7 days backup of your chats. However, you can also connect Google Drive andautomate Daily, weekly or monthly chat backup. Google drive depending on chatbackup frequency contains only the latest chat backup.
Further, you can choose to backup videos along with messages, documents and pictures. It’s completely optional.
Now lets head to WhatsApp chat recovery option
Recover Archived Chats
Sometimes we mistakenly archive messages and chats. The archive feature allows you to hide a conversation from your Chats screen and access it later, if needed. You can archive groups or individual chats and organize your conversations.
However, archiving Chat neither deletes the chat nor back it up.
So it’s quite simple to unarchive the archived chats in iOS as well as Android.
In iOS, scroll up in the chat list until Archived Chats appears. Tap on it, then swipe left on the chat you would like to restore and tap “Unarchive”.
In Android, tap on the “Archived chats” text at the bottom of the chat list. Tap and hold on the chat you would like to recover and then tap on the “Unarchive” icon.
Recover Recently Deleted WhatsApp Chats
It works same in both Android and iOS devices
Recovery of Deleted WhatsApp chats is fairly easy but as we discussed earlier, the chat should be within your backup frequency.
To do that, simply uninstall the WhatsApp and then install it again.
While setting up, the app will ask you to restore messages from backup history, simply tap ‘Restore’ and you are done.
Recover Older Deleted Chats
It is slightly more difficult to recover older chats that got deleted and you need to be aware of the date when the chat existed or after which it got deleted.
And this will work only on Android devices.
As I mentioned before, WhatsApp retains lats 7 days chat backups in your Android’s local storage. One will be the latest chat backup; and the others are old.
To restore the deleted chats, use a File Explorer such as ES Explorer, and navigate to WhatsApp > Databases.
You will find the 7 chat backup files,
The first one named msgstore.db.crytp12 is the most recent backup and the other named as msgstore-YYYY-MM-DD.1.db.crypt12 where “YYYY-MM-DD” is the year, month, and date respectively.
As you can see my device’s local storage contains last 7 day Whatsapp backup.
So for example, four days ago the chat was there, What I will do is
- First Rename msgstore.db.crytp12 to msgstore-latest.db.crytp12
- Then Rename the msgstore-YYYY-MM-DD.1.db.crypt12 file i.e four days older chat backup to msgstore.db.crytp12
- After that, I will log out the Google Account that I have connected to the Whatsapp. It’s important steps.
- Then I will either Clear WHatsapp Data via Settings or simply
- Reinstall WhatsApp.
- Now While setup, you will be prompted to restore from the backup file which you’ve just edited (and is x days old instead of the most recent backup file). Tap Restore and that’s it.
- This method will allow you to retrieve deleted WhatsApp messages from the backup. But the latest chat messages will not be there, so next thing you need to do is export the recovered chat messages.
- Then, to restore the original latest WhatsApp back, run through the entire process of renaming backup file again.
- rename the existing msgstore.db.crytp12 to msgstore-YYYY-MM-DD.1.db.crypt12
- rename msgstore-latest.db.crytp12 back to msgstore.db.crytp12
- Reinstall WhatsApp, and enter OPT
- Then restore from the backup, and your latest chats will reappear!
- You can now login to your Google Account and connect your Google Drive. That’s it.
Was easier than you thought right?
For Locating Deleted Images, Video, and Audio
It may come as a surprise, but when you delete images and videos from WhatsApp, they aren’t really erased until you delete them. Therefore, recovering WhatsApp images and videos that you have deleted from the chat is fairly straightforward.
Open your device’s File Explorer, navigate to WhatsApp > Media. From there, simply sift through the folders until you find the deleted files to want to recover.
Accidental deletion of messages is a common problem across all messaging platforms—not just WhatsApp. Worse, you could have accidentally deleted some important documents, like Microsoft Office files. Thankfully we can also help you to recover deleted Microsoft Office files.
Advanced WhatsApp Backup Strategy
Based off the fact that you can easily view and edit WhatsApp chat backup files on Android devices, it’s pretty easy to manipulate them to your advantage.
Although WhatsApp will only keep last 7 days chat backup, you can hack it so you have as many as you want.
All you need to do is rename msgstore-YYYY-MM-DD.1.db.crypt12 to something else, perhaps oct11.db.crypt12. And thus, this file is now protected from being overwritten by WhatsApp. In the next backup, WhatsApp will create a new msgstore-YYYY-MM-DD.1.db.crypt12 file. And you’ll now have 8 restore points.
So before deleting chats, make sure to rename the backup file of that day or atleast copy it somewhere.
Alternatively, you can use app such as Deego backup that gives you 100GB free cloud backup. Open the app and select the Whatsapp folder and from now on, the Whatsapp will be backed up daily automatically. All files, media, database i.e. chat backups will be available even if you lose your device.
So that was all, I hope you were able to restore chat messages and learned something new. Subscribe to our channel for more videos like this one and do like and share this video to help your friends and relatives with advanced WhatsApp backup and restore strategy.