August 6, 2021

Follow These Steps to Recover Deleted WhatsApp Messages

Purchasing a new phone for yourself is always an exciting event, and most people would look forward to upgrading their devices to the latest models. However, getting a new phone could also have its downsides. Specifically, you’ll potentially lose all your data and precious files when you transfer over to your new phone. This can be a serious concern for those individuals who prefer chatting and messaging their friends on platforms such as WhatsApp.

Fortunately, there’s a way for you to recover your deleted messages on WhatsApp. However, your previous phone needs to enable the chat backup option to make the process easy and seamless.

How to Retrieve Your Deleted Messages

As long as you enabled backup on your previous device, you should have no trouble recovering your previous messages from your old phone. Follow the steps below to recover these messages:

1. To begin this process, you must first uninstall the WhatsApp application from your device.

2. Go to your phone’s Google Play or App Store and reinstall WhatsApp. If you have a new number, use your previous phone number to set up your account again.

3. Once that’s done, WhatsApp will ask you if you want to restore your past messages from the data it has backed up in the cloud.

4. Tap on the Restore option. If you’re an Android user, the backup will be from Google Drive. On the other hand, iOS users will be getting their backup from iCloud.

5. All your messages from your previous conversation will be imported successfully.

This technique is applicable for those who accidentally deleted important messages or switched to brand-new phones. That being said, it’s worth noting that there’s a limit to how much data will be recovered. While it’s true that uninstalling and reinstalling WhatsApp will trigger the backup to be imported, it will only be recovering the most recent backup. As such, there’s a chance that you will end up losing some messages that weren’t included in your recent backup.

Also, you need to ensure that you’re connected to WiFi when importing your old messages and not your daily data because you might end up consuming it all unintentionally.

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Turning on Chat Backup

If you don’t know how to turn on the WhatsApp backup, follow the simple steps below. We’ve provided the steps for both Android and iOS to cover all bases.

On Android

1. Launch the WhatsApp app on your phone.

2. Head over to the Settings page.

3. Go to Chats.

4. Select Chat backup.

From there, you can choose how often you want the app to backup your data: daily, weekly, monthly, or never. Since you’re using an Android device, WhatsApp will require you to choose a Google account to upload and store your backups.

On iOS

It’s a similar process for iOS devices, too.

1. Open up WhatsApp and go to the Settings page.

2. Select Chats.

3. Go to Chat backup.

Just like the process for Android, you can also choose your backup frequency. Once Chat backup is enabled, WhatsApp will automatically backup your data to the iCloud.

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How to Use Third-Party Software to Retrieve Deleted Messages

If you were unable to enable Chat backup for WhatsApp, you might think that all hope is lost in recovering your precious messages. However, there’s still a chance for you to retrieve them through third-party software. There’s a variety of software out there that you can use to recover WhatsApp messages, such as iMyFone D-Back and MiniTool Mobile Recovery.


It can be such an ordeal when you’ve accidentally deleted important messages, but as long as you’ve enabled the Chat Backup, you shouldn’t have any trouble recovering your WhatsApp messages—even if you switch over to a new phone. If the backup wasn’t enabled, the process may be a bit more complicated. Fortunately, there are third-party software you can utilize to help you out.

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