How to Recover Deleted WhatsApp Chat History from Android Phone
Users can easily make local or cloud backups, but there is no “Restore” option on the app. This is a multiple-method tutorial for recovering WhatsApp chat history messages and attachments from Android phone or tablet.
- Method 1. Recover Latest WhatsApp Messages from Google Drive
- Method 2. Recover New or Old WhatsApp Conversation from Local Backup
- Method 3. Recover Deleted WhatsApp Chat History without Backup
Method 1. Recover Latest WhatsApp Messages from Google Drive
Make sure there is backup on your Google Drive account. To check the status, go to “Settings> Chats> Chat backup” on WhatsApp, or view app backups on Google Drive. Then follow steps below.
Step 1. Reinstall WhatsApp and verify phone number on Android device.
Step 2. Tap “Restore” when the backup is found.
Step 3. Check your WhatsApp chats after the restoration is done.
Method 2. Recover New or Old WhatsApp Conversation from Local Backup
Check your WhatsApp local backup: open your file manager app, and then go to WhatsApp> Databases. There should exist several files named as msgstore-YYYY-MM-DD.1.db.crypt12. The first one is the latest backup, and the others are earlier backups.
Step 1. (If you want to restore from the latest backup, please skip this step.)Figure out the date you want to recover from, and rename the backup file you wish to restore from msgstore-YYYY-MM-DD.1.db.crypt12 to msgstore.db.crypt12. If the operation fails, please rename the original msgstore.db.crypt12 to another random name first.
Step 2. Uninstall WhatsApp.
Step 3. Reinstall WhatsApp and verify number.
Step 4. Tap “Restore” when asked.
Note: If you have both Google Drive backup and local backup for your WhatsApp, it will ask you to restore Google Drive backup by default. To restore from local backup only, you can disconnect WhatsApp backup from Google Drive temporarily.
Method 3. Recover Deleted WhatsApp Chat History without Backup
Although there are several ways for backing up WhatsApp chats history, things often turn out to be unfortunate. If you really have no backup for the lost WhatsApp messages or files, you can try data recovery software.
iReparo Android Data Recovery is the best choice for you. Apart from regular recovery options like contact, text message, call history, photo, video and audio, iReparo for Android can also recover lost WhatsApp and Viber chats. It scans WhatsApp history data from your phone and displays them on the result for preview. All conversations will be individually listed and show complete information and details for you. With iReparo for Android, your WhatsApp messages, photos, audios and videos all can be retrieved even when you have no backup.
Detailed guide: Android WhatsApp Recovery