If you have accidentally or intentionally deleted your WhatsApp messages, you can recover deleted WhatsApp messages in Android or iPhone by following the steps mentioned in this article. You can also recover deleted WhatsApp messages even if you don’t have backup. We mentioned ways to retrieve WhatsApp messages with or without backup.
Recover Deleted WhatsApp Messages
It is possible to recover deleted WhatsApp Messages only if you have a Chat Backup of your WhatsApp conversations.
To take the WhatsApp Chat Backup in iOS follow the steps given below:
- Open WhatsApp > Go to Settings
- Under Settings select Chats
- In Chats Select Chat Backup
- Under Chat Backup Select Back Up Now to backup your WhatsApp conversations to iCloud
- You can also set automatic backup of your chats by selecting Auto Backup and choosing Daily, monthly or weekly. Depending on your choice your WhatsApp chat will be backed up automatically to iCloud monthly, weekly or daily.
Now if you have the backup of your WhatsApp Chat history, you can easily recover deleted WhatsApp messages. To recover your deleted chats just delete the WhatsApp application from your iPhone and reinstall WhatsApp application from App Store. On reinstalling the application, you will get an option to restore the chats from the backup on iCloud.
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For Android also you need to have a backup of your chats. To take the backup of chats in Android use the following steps :
- Open WhatsApp > Go to Settings
- Under Settings Select Chats
- In Chats Select Back Up.
- With this, your Chats will be stored on the local storage of your Android device. You can also take backup of your chats on Google Drive by tapping on Back up to Google Drive and choosing the desired option.
To recover your deleted WhatsApp messages in Android follow the steps below :
- Go to Settings > Apps
- Under Settings select WhatsApp
- Select Clear Data to clear all of the WhatsApp data
- After clearing the data Open WhatsApp and Enter your number with which you are using WhatsApp and Click Ok.
- On Tapping Ok, WhatsApp will automatically detect the Chat backup and give an option to restore. Click on Restore.
- Messages will start restoring Tap on Continue when finished.
- Give a WhatsApp Name and Tap Next. WhatsApp will initialize. Tap Continue when initialized.
- Here you go! All the deleted chats will show up in your WhatsApp chat.
The above methods work great if you have a backup but what if you don’t! Well, we have got you covered.
Recover Deleted WhatsApp Messages Without Backup
For this, you’ll have to use 3rd party software’s. There are a lot of them available but we have selected the best after testing them in the list below.
The best thing about all the software’s apart from their data recovery functionality is that they all have a FREE trial version which you can use and preview if it is able to detect lost data you are looking for. Of course, you will have to purchase the software to recover that lost data.
Note: Trial Version might not work perfectly even for previewing. Please keep this in mind before deciding on the data recovery software. It happened for me that’s why felt worth sharing. Trial version for first software Stellar Data recovery for iPhone which I mention wasn’t really working, however, it worked the best on registering the product, hence top of the list 🙂 Other software’s are no less, though.
1. Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery For iPhone
If you are an iOS user then I will strongly recommend this software. Hassle-free setup to fast speed recovery of lost data. Moreover, it will recover WhatsApp data without having to jailbreak an iOS device. I am quite impressed by the speed it scanned my iPhone, hardly 60-90 seconds and boom I could see all the deleted data including WhatsApp messages. Let’s have a look at how to set it up and recover WhatsApp messages from the iOS device without backup.
a. Get a FREE Trial or Purchase Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery for iPhone [Version 3.0] by clicking on the button below. It is available for both Mac and Windows.
Below screenshots are from Version 3.0 which has the feature to recover WhatsApp messages.
Note: Previous versions of Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery for iPhone does not have the capability to recover WhatsApp messages.
b. Once you purchase, download and install the software on your computer. The installation process is really simple. Here are the steps.
c. Open the downloaded Exe file and Click on Next > accept the Terms and Conditions > following a few dialogs where you can keep the default selections for installation path, desktop icon and click Next. Finally, click Install. The installation will complete in a few minutes. Click on Finish.
d. Double-click on the Desktop icon of Stellar Data Recovery of iPhone to open it.
e. Registering the Product – Click on three lines icon at top left corner of the Welcome screen. Click on User icon (second from left). Register Dialog Box will open. Select I have the registration key and go for Online Registration as shown in the image below. Type the key and click Register. Your product will be successfully registered.
f. Now you can connect your iPhone/iPad and click on Recover from iPhone. The scan will initiate.
g. In a couple of minutes, you can experience a complete shift of emotions. From tensed you will become totally relaxed on seeing the lost data right in front of you. You can click on WhatsApp from the left sidebar to preview WhatsApp data.
h. You can select Only Show Deleted at the top to minimize the data and focus only on lost/deleted data.
i. Select the WhatsApp conversations you want to recover and Click Save.
j. Select the location on your computer where you desire to save the previously lost data. Alternatively, you can also recover lost WhatsApp messages directly to your iPhone. Click Ok.
Wait for 5-10 minutes and all your crucial WhatsApp data will be back with you in the form of HTML file which can open in Chrome or any browser.
2. FoneLab For iOS
Second on our list is FoneLab by Aiseesoft. Another awesome WhatsApp data recovery tool with which you can recover lost messages from the iOS device, iTunes backup or iCloud backup.
You can easily install and scan your device for deleted data. After the scan, select WhatsApp conversation and click Recover.
Purchase Fonelab or get a Free Trial Version: Available for both Windows and Mac
Note: The other two software’s I am mentioning below can be considered by the Android users. However, the Android phone should be rooted in these software’s to recover lost WhatsApp data.
Obviously, they all can recover lost WhatsApp messages for iOS even without jailbreak as well.
The procedure to install and scan the device for lost data for all the software’s are more or less the same with subtle differences. For detailed process, you can refer to the Stellar Product and whatever slight dissimilarity is there I will mention as I don’t want the article to be unnecessarily lengthy.
3. Dr. Fone by Wondershare
Here comes the third on our list of Top WhatsApp data recovery softwares. With Wondershare you can select the type of data type of data you want to scan. For example, upfront you will get a screen where you can uncheck all expect WhatsApp & Attachments and Click Start Scan as shown below.
After the scan is completed, select the conversation and Click Recover to Computer.
Purchase Dr. Fone or Get Free Trial Version[Available for Both Mac and Windows]
Android – Wondershare Dr.Fone for Android
The software is available for Windows as well as Mac users.
4. EaseUS MobiSaver 5.0
Another awesome software by EaseUs. The only difference what I saw in EaseUs when compared to Dr. Fone was that it will scan the whole device and you don’t have the option to select only WhatsApp messages, hence being slightly on the slower side.
Having said that it detects all the lost data and in no way is lesser than Dr. Fone.
Purchase EaseUs or Get Free Trial Version
Android – EaseUS MobiSaver for Android
iOS – EaseUS MobiSaver
Mobisaver is also available for Windows as well as Mac.
After recovering messages you will have an HTML file which contains all the lost WhatsApp conversations. You can easily print that HTML file.
These were the top four WhatsApp data recovery software’s which will definitely recover your accidentally deleted messages. I will update this list if I find any other good data recovery softwares for smartphones. If you come across any issues/queries you can always come back to us in the comments section below. Do you use any other WhatsApp message recovery software’s apart from these?