Facebook owned WhatsApp messenger app is currently one of the most popular chat platforms in the world. It currently hosts over 1.5 billion users. Thanks to its popular end to end encryption feature, it has been able to penetrate privacy-conscious individuals.But, there is one major challenge with WhatsApp and that is recovering deleted tests.
Whether you are changing smartphones or accidentally deleted WhatsApp texts; you can follow the steps mentioned in this article to easily retrieve deleted WhatsApp messages. However, one thing you’ll compulsorily need to recover them is the Chat Backup. So, make sure you have enabled the Chat Backup option in Settings.
Choosing the right Auto Backup Frequency
Additionally, you can also choose a backup frequency (daily, weekly or monthly) in the Auto-Backup section. What you also need to consider is that WhatsApp retains only the last two of the latest backup files on Android and just the single most recent backup file in iOS devices.
Thus, a daily auto backup will most likely help you retrieve recently deleted messages in less time. On the other hand, weekly and monthly auto backup option allows you to retrieve older texts from up to 7 days or a month respectively. Though, these less frequent data backups also come with a risk of accidentally deleting and losing more recent WhatsApp conversations.
Steps to retrieve recently deleted WhatsApp messages –
- Uninstall your WhatsApp app.
- Now, go to Google Play Store and reinstall WhatsApp.
- During reinstallation, you will be asked if you want to restore your message history from the backup file.
- Click on the Restore option and all the texts from your latest backup will be retrieved.
However, you cannot retrieve messages that were both sent and deleted after your most recent backup. This simple method is particularly viable for both Android and iOS users.
Steps to retrieve older deleted WhatsApp chats (for Android only) –
- Open File Explorer.
- Go to WhatsApp>>Databases.
- Rename “msgstore.db.crytp12” to “msgstore-latest.db.crytp12”
- Rename the file name under the required date from“msgstore-YYYY-MM-DD.1.db.crypt12” to “msgstore.db.crytp12”
- Additionally, if you have enabled the Google Drive backup option, delete the WhatsApp backup from Google Drive>>Backups section too.
- Now, follow the Tip1 to uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp. When prompted select the Restore backup option. It will now retrieve deleted WhatsApp Messages from the earlier renamed files.