How to Recover Deleted WhatsApp Messages on Android

10/30/2018 Posted by FoneGeek

Recover Deleted WhatsApp Messages Android

Last night, my little son used my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to play mobile games. Unfortunately, when he returned my phone to me, I find my WhatsApp messages has gone somehow. They are very important for me. Now I want to recover them. Anyone has effective way? Thanks.” 

I always use WhatsApp to connect with my business partner. Last night I accidentally deleted a very important conversation and much worse, I didn’t make any backups on WhatsApp. Is there any way to get back these messages? My phone is Huawei P20. Can anyone advise?” 

WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging app around the world, allowing users to send text messages, voice calls, voice messages, video calls, images, documents, and user location etc. More than 1 billion people in over 180 countries use WhatsApp to stay in touch. Are you a big fan of WhatsApp and mistakenly deleting important WhatsApp messages? Looking for a way to restore WhatsApp chat history? You have come to the right place. This article will focus on WhatsApp recovery for Android users and introduce you how to recover deleted WhatsApp messages on Android devices with or without backup. 

Way 1. Recover Deleted WhatsApp Messages on Android without Backup 

If you accidentally deleted WhatsApp messages on your Android phone and have no backup, you can try third-party data recovery tool – FoneGeek Android Data Recovery. It is definitely the best application to do WhatsApp data recovery for Android users. Besides, you can recover more data such as text messages, contacts, call history, photos, videos, music and documents from Android phones. This Android WhatsApp Recoery software works well on a wide range of Android devices, like Samsung Galaxy S9/Note 9, HTC U12+, Huawei P20/Mate 20 Pro, Google Pixel 3 XL, OnePlus 6T, LG, Sony, Xiaomi, Oppo, and much more. 

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How to retrieve deleted WhatsApp messages on Android without backup: 

  1. Download, install and run the WhatsApp Recovery for Android on your computer. 
  2. Connect your Android phone to the computer using a USB cable, and then the program will detect the device automatically. 
  3. From the listed file types, select “WhatApp”, “WhatsApp Attachments” and any other data you want to scan and recover, then click “Next” to begin scanning. 
  4. After scanning, you can preview all recoverable WhatsApp messages, choose the chats you want and click “Recover” to save them to your computer. 

Recover Deleted WhatsApp Messages Android

Note: To do the recovery, please stop using the device as soon as possible. Otherwise, the deleted WhatsApp chats may be overwritten and become unrecoverable. Plus, you have to root your Android device before using a third-party Android data recovery software to recover deleted files from your Android device’s internal memory. FoneGeek Android WhatsApp Recovery is not an exception. 

Way 2. Restore WhatsApp Chat History on Android from Google Drive 

WhatsApp allows users to back up their chats and media to Google Drive. It is quite easy to do, just open WhatsApp and go to Settings > Chats > Chat Backup and tap “BACK UP” to create an immediate backup. If you luckily created a Google Drive backup before deleting WhatsApp chats, you can easily restore them back. 

How to restore WhatsApp chat history on Android from Google Drive backup: 

  1. Uninstall the WhatsApp on your Android phone. 
  2. Reinstall WhatsApp from Google Play store and sign into it with the same Google account you used to create the backup. 
  3. Once you verified your phone number, WhatsApp will ask you to restore chats from backup. Simply tap “RESTORE” when prompted. 

Restore WhatsApp Chat History from Google Drive

Note: Please make sure that you are logged into the same Google account and using the same phone number that was used to create the backup, of WhatsApp will fail to detect a backup. Also, you should ensure there’s enough space on your Android phone to restore the backup. 

Way 3. Restore WhatsApp Chat History on Android from Local Backup 

Except Google Drive backup, WhatsApp will automatically back up user’s chats every day at 2:00 AM and the backup will be saved as a file in the Android phone. While Google Drive has the most recent backup, the local backup file will only store up to the last seven days’ data. 

How to restore WhatsApp chat history on Android from local backup file: 

  1. On your Android phone, download and install a file manager app, 
  2. Within the file manager app, go to sdcard/WhatsApp/Databases. If your data isn’t stored on the SD card, go to “internal storage” instead of “sd card”. 
  3. Rename the backup file you want to restore from msgstore-YYYY-MM-DD.1.db.crypt12 to msgstore.db.crypt12. 
  4. Uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp on your Android phone, then tap “RESTORE” when asked. 

Restore WhatsApp Chat History from Local Backup

Note: Please keep in mind that the automatic backup file of your WhatsApp chat history are only valid for 7 days after last saved. That means you can’t recover deleted WhatsApp messages from local backup that are more than 7 days old. Besides, you will lose all of the messages since the backup was created. 


Recovering deleted WhatsApp messages shouldn’t be hard again with this post. If you mistakenly deleted important WhatsApp chats and want to get them back, please try the methods mentioned above. Easy method has its own advantages, just choose the one according to your situation. We recommend you use FoneGeek Android Data Recovery, which is more flexible and powerful than restoring from Google Drive or local backup. If you are using an iPhone and accidentally deleted important WhatsApp chats on it, FoneGeek provides another powerful tool – iPhone Data Recovery. You can find detailed information in this previous article: How to Recover Deleted WhatsApp Messages on iPhone XS (Max)/XR/X

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