How To Recover Deleted Messages On WhatsApp

Before WhatsApp, I cannot think of any app which have served so many mobile users across the planet who could text and send files to each other with so much of ease. Now we have WhatsApp available for Android, iOS and Windows Mobile platforms, which allows you to stay in touch with almost all your friends without paying anything to your service provider (assuming, most of your friends own a smartphone).

One of the biggest privilege that we need from any messaging or emailing service is whether it could let you recover any of your deleted messages. And the fact that WhatsApp lets you recover deleted messages, images and videos that have been shared does make it a pretty solid app (in any case it is).

I am sure that most of the WhatsApp users are not aware of the fact that this messaging service takes backup of all the shared stuff every 24 hours and it keeps the backup files intact for last 7 days. Yes, its true. And there is a way which would let you use those backup files to restore things.

So, below are the ways to do it.

Ways To Recover Deleted Messages On WhatsApp

Method 1

This is a simple and pretty straight forward way to restore deleted WhatsApp stuff. All you need to do is uninstall the app and install it back. This would actually use all the backup files, and restore what ever it can.

Method 2

This app stores its backup files by the name, msgstore-YYYY-MM-DD.1.db.crypt And in this tutorial, I would help you understand how to make these files spill out your texts, images and videos that were shared. Below are the locations where you can find these backup files for respective OS:

Android : /sdcard/WhatsApp/Databases/msgstore.db.crypt

iOS         :  net.whatsapp.WhatsApp/Documents/ChatStorage.sqlite

Assuming that you have the backup file now, first thing that you need to do is launch a web service, Recover Messages which would actually get you going in this whole journey to recover stuff.

How To Recover Deleted Messages On WhatsApp

Click on the Select SQLite Filechoose the backup file, click on I accept (only after reading terms) and then on Scan button. It would take some time, depending on backup file size and your Internet speed and would list out all the contents.

Click on the appropriate tab, and get what you want. Yes, its as simple as you find it here.

These are the two simple ways to recover WhatsApp content. Let us know if you find them useful.

Filed under: Tips & Tutorials
April 10, 2013 by: Prasanth Chandra


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