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If you have accidentally or intentionally deleted your WhatsApp messages then don’t panic as you can recover WhatsApp messages in Android or iPhone by following the steps mentioned below.
You can also do so even if you don’t have a backup. In case you have a backup then it’s quite easy to restore it to get the messages back.
However, if you don’t have it then you will have to use 3rd party software. We have tried a few of them and selected the best for this tutorial.
So, let’s get going!
Recover Deleted WhatsApp Messages When You Have Backup
Go through this section if you have backed up your chats using the backup feature of the app; otherwise, skip to the next one below.
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 do that, just delete the WhatsApp application from your iPhone and reinstall WhatsApp application from the App Store. On reinstalling the application, you will get an option to restore the chats from the backup on iCloud.
To take the backup of chats in Android use the following steps :
- Open WhatsApp > Go to Settings.
- Under Settings Select Chats.
- In Chats, Select Chat backup.
- Now, tap on Back Up to initiate it on Google Drive. Similar to the iPhone, you can set up automatic back up here as well.
To recover your deleted WhatsApp messages in Android follow the steps below :
- Go to Settings > Apps.
- Under Settings select WhatsApp.
- Select Clear Data to delete all 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.
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
As mentioned earlier, 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 the top of the list 🙂 Other software’s are no less, though.
Before you start, make sure you have the latest version of iTunes installed on your computer. Without iTunes, these software’s won’t work.
1. Stellar iPhone Data Recovery
If you are an iPhone 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 use it for data recovery.
a. Get a FREE Trial or Purchase Stellar iPhone Data Recovery [Version 5.0] by clicking on the button below. It is available for both Mac and Windows.
Get it for Mac:
If you have a PC, you can get Stella Recovery for Windows:
Below screenshots are from Version 5.0 of the software. We have used the screenshots from the Mac version but there isn’t any difference for Windows.
b. Install the software on your computer like any other software.
c. After successful installation, open the software and you may be asked to provide your Mac password. Provide and proceed further.
d. Now, you will be able to see the home screen of the software. There are 3 tabs on the left column. They allow you to basically recover data from iPhone, iTunes backup and iCloud backup. As we don’t have any backup, in this case, we will go ahead with Recover from iPhone.
e. Stellar iPhone Data Recovery not only helps in WhatsApp messages recovery but it’s a complete iPhone data recovery solution which means it can support any iOS file type. However, here we are only interested in WhatsApp so you can uncheck all other file types except Messages & Chats. Then click on Next.
f. It’s now time to connect your iPhone to your computer via USB. Next, click on the device shown on the software screen and select Scan.
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 also select Deleted Only at the top to reduce the data and focus only on lost/deleted data.
i. Now, with the FREE version, you will be only able to view the data. To recover you need to purchase a license.
Registering the Product – Click on the user icon, enter the License Key and select Activate. Your product will be registered successfully.
j. Now, continuing from the step h select all or certain WhatsApp conversations you want to recover and Click Save.
k. Select the location on your computer where you desire to save the recovered data. Click Ok.
Depending on the size of the data you’ll have to wait. After this, all your crucial WhatsApp data will be back with you in the form of HTML file which you can open in Chrome or any other browser.
2. FoneLab For iOS
Next 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 Mac only.
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 iPhone 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 software.
With Wondershare you can select the 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.
You can also check out our detailed review of dr. fone.
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
iPhone – EaseUS MobiSaver for iPhone
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 if required.
We have also handpicked a few other WhatsApp tutorials below.
- How To Hide Chat In WhatsApp
- Schedule WhatsApp Messages
- Add Someone To WhatsApp Group With Link
- Prevent WhatsApp From Saving Photos To Gallery Or Camera Roll
These were the top four WhatsApp data recovery software’s which will definitely recover your accidentally deleted messages.
We will update this list if we find any other good software for this task.
If you come across any issues/queries you can always come back to us in the comments section below. Do you have experience with any other WhatsApp message recovery software’s apart from these?
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