With more than 2 billion users, WhatsApp is now the most popular instant messaging app in the world, together with Facebook's Messenger, Viber, Kik, Skype, Snapchat, etc. It is free, allowing users to send text messages, voice messages, voice calls, video calls, images as well as other media, documents, and user location. WhatsApp is really great, but some issues still occur, for example, you may tap on the wrong option and your WhatsApp chat history is gone.
“Please help! I am a big fan of WhatsApp and I use it most of the time. Last night I meant to hit Add a conversion shortcut, but instead tapped Delete chat. Now my chats which included important info are gone now. How can I get them back? I'm using iPhone X, running on iOS 13.6.”
Has it ever happened that you deleted important WhatsApp messages by mistake and regretted later on? Did you ever struggle to get your WhatsApp chats back but still clueless to what you should do? Well, take a chill pill, and don't get hassled. We're here with the solution. In this article, we'll show you how to recover deleted WhatsApp messages on iPhone or iPad. These methods are helpful even you are using the latest iPhone 12, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR or iPhone X/8 running on iOS 14/13. Keep reading to know the details.
WhatsApp states clearly in the official site that it won't store chat history on its servers, and certainly not help to retrieve any deleted messages. Nevertheless, it provides users the iCloud backup feature to back up and restore WhatsApp chat history. If you have made a backup of your chat history in iCloud, you can easily get them back to your iPhone. Also, make sure you have signed into your Apple account and your iDevice is running iOS 7 or higher.
On your iPhone, go to WhatsApp > Settings > Chats > Chat Backup and tap "Back Up Now" to make a manual backup of your chats and media. Alternatively, you can switch on the "Auto Backup" feature and pick your backup frequency.
First go to WhatsApp > Settings > Chats > Chat Backup to verify that there is an iCloud backup available.
To recover your chat history from the iCloud backup, just delete WhatsApp from your iPhone and reinstall it from the App store.
Once you've verified your mobile number, simply follow the on-screen instructions to restore WhatsApp chat history from iCloud backup.
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Launch the WhatsApp Recovery for iPhone on your computer and choose the "Recover Data form iOS Devices" option.
Connect your iPhone to the computer using a USB cable. Once your device has been detected, choose "WhatsApp" and "WhatsApp Attachments", then tap on the "Scan" button to begin scanning the connected device.
When the scanning is complete, all the data that can be recovered will be displayed on the screen. Check the WhatsApp chats you want to restore and hit the "Recover to PC" button.
If luckily you have made backup of your iPhone using iCloud or iTunes before deleting the WhatsApp chats, you may be able to recover deleted WhatsApp messages and photos by restoring your iPhone from the previous backup. However, you can't preview and selectively recover the WhatsApp chats you need only. And restoring your iCloud or iTunes backup will erase all your current data and settings on your iPhone. So be careful to do it if you don't want to lose other vital files.
On your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Reset and choose "Erase All Content and Settings".
Follow the set-up instructions until you reach the "Apps & Data" screen. Then select "Restore from iCloud Backup".
Now sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID and pick the relevant backup, then keep your iPhone connected to a Wi-Fi network until the restore is complete.
Launch iTunes on your PC or Mac and connect your iPhone to the computer using a USB cable.
Once your iPhone is connected, click on the iPhone icon and hit the "Restore Backup…" button.
Pick the relevant backup and hit the "Restore" button to begin the restore process. Do not disconnect your iPhone until the restore is complete.
Don't start sweating when you delete your WhatsApp chats by mistake next time. Now you've know different methods to restore WhatsApp chat history on iPhone or iPad. Based on users' choice, we'll highly recommend using a third-party data recovery tool, i.e., FoneGeek iPhone Recovery mentioned above. To avoid losing WhatsApp messages in the future, we'd like to recommend you another powerful tool from FoneGeek – iOS Data Backup & Restore. It is a great alternative to iTunes and iCloud that helps you selectively back up and restore iPhone data, including WhatsApp, Wechat, Kik, text messages, contacts, photos and more.
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