How to Recover Deleted WhatsApp Messages and Photos from Android

WhatsApp is a well-known messaging app available for various kinds of smartphones powered by Android, iOS, Symbian and Windows. It provides us a convenient communication method that we can exchange multimedia content such as text messages, voice messages, photos, videos etc with families, friends and workmates flexibly. As smartphone gets a smart responsive touch screen, the WhatsApp messages and attachments are apt to be deleted by mistake. If you’re seeking a way to restore WhatsApp chat history on Android, please check the solutions mentioned below:

Solution 1. How to Restore WhatsApp Messages on Android without Backup

If your important WhatsApp conversations have just been deleted intentionally or accidentally but there’s no backup for it, you can quickly recover deleted WhatsApp messages and attachments like photos, videos from Android by using Gihosoft Free Android Data Recovery tool. With this freeware, you can restore WhatsApp chat history from Android like Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge/S6/S6 Edge/Note 5, HTC 10/A9/M9, LG V10/G5, Google Nexus 6P/5X, Sony, Huawei, Motorola, ZTE, etc.

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Easy Steps to recover deleted WhatsApp chat messages on Android:

Step 1. Select WhatsApp for Recovering

Once you started the WhatsApp Recovery Android tool, you will be asked to select file types to recover, hit “WhatsApp” option.

Select WhatsApp for recovering

Step 2. Connect Android Device to PC

Connect your Android phone to PC by USB cable. If the two are connected successfully, your device type will be presented on software interface.

Step 3. Start Analyzing and Scanning WhatsApp Files on Android

The analyzing process may take a few minutes, please be patient. The less files on your Android device, the shorter the scanning process is.

Step 4. Preview and Restore WhatsApp Messages or Photos on Android

When scanning is finished, all the WhatsApp related files will be listed on left panel. Please preview and select those you want to recover. Then click “Recover” to retrieve deleted messages on WhatsApp from Android device. All the restored Android WhatsApp messages will be exported to PC in HTML format, and attachments such as photos, video etc will be saved in original format.

Restore WhatsApp messages or photos on Android

This free Android Recovery software has a strong ability that allows you to recover more files, for example, you can restore Viber messages on Android, or recover deleted text messages from Android, etc.

Solution 2. How to Restore WhatsApp Chat History on Android from Backup Copy

WhatsApp automatically make a backup copy of chat history at 4 a.m. system time. It means that you can restore lost WhatsApp messages from backup on Android. There are two situations:

A. How to Restore Recent WhatsApp Messages from Android (within a week)

If the WhatsApp messages you need to restore is deleted or lost within seven days, it would be simple to get them back. You can follow below instructions to restore WhatsApp messages or chats from a backup:

  1. Uninstall WhatsApp from Android.
  2. Reinstall WhatsApp on Android phone.
  3. Click “Restore” when you get message “would you like to restore your message history from backup?”

Restore Recent WhatsApp Messages from Android

B. How to Restore Old WhatsApp Messages from Android (a week ago)

The older WhatsApp message records are also recoverable from Android device for free. By this way, you are highly suggested to backing up your newest WhatsApp chats to prevent them from missing. Go to WhatsApp > Menu Button > Settings > Chat Settings > Backup conversations. To get back older WhatsApp messages, you’ll need to do the following:

  1. Uninstall WhatsApp.
  2. Go to backup folder, the default path is: /Internal Storage/WhatsApp/Databases. From the backup file extension, you can easily figure out when each backup copy is made.
  3. Rename “msgstore.db.crypt” to “newestmsgstore.db.crypt”, in case your latest message backup getting lost.
  4. Select the backup file that you want to restore. Please choose the date before you accidentally deleted or lost WhatsApp messages.
  5. Rename selected file from “msgstore-YYYY-MM-DD.1.db.crypt8” to “msgstore.db.crypt8”.
  6. Reinstall WhatsApp. Click “Restore” when asked.

Retrieve Old WhatsApp Chat History from Android

If you have iPhone, please refer to “How to restore WhatsApp messages on iPhone“.