How to Recover WhatsApp Chat History on iPhone

By Emily Watson, Sunday, Nov 09, 2014

"Yesterday, I wanted to add a conversation shortcut on WhatsApp but instead I tapped Delete chat under that option. In result, all chat history is gone. How can I recover WhatsApp chat history on iPhone?"

WhatsApp is widely used for communication between smart phones from iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia. However, when you deleted your chat history in WhatsApp, it may be helpless to ask the WhatsApp Support Team for help since your WhatsApp conversation history is not stored on their servers. Of course you can restore from your WhatsApp backup(if you have made one), but that means you have to reintall the app and more importantly, you'll lose the chats that are created after the backup. Therefore, you need an easy way to recover the deleted chat history while saving the current chats.

FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery is an easy-to-use recovery software for iDevice users to recover lost files, such as WhatsApp messages, WhatsApp picture/attechment, messages, iMessages, contacts from iPhone, iPad and iPod. It can help to restore your WhatsApp chat history from your iPhone X/8/7/7 Plus/SE/6s/6 Plus/5s/5c directly, or from iTunes backup or iCloud backup without removing your existing WhatsApp chats. It is especially helpful when you fail to restore WhatsApp chat history from iCloud.

You can download the trial version here:

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Solution 1: How to Recover WhatsApp Chat History from iPhone Without Any Backup

Step 1: Connect your iPhone with computer

Launch iPhone Data Recovery and connect your iPhone to the computer with an USB cable.

Recover iPhone Deleted Data

Step 2: Scan iPhone Files

After the program has detected your iPhone, click "Start Scan", the program will begin to scan your iPhone.

The Process of Scanning iPhone

Step 3: Preview and get back WhatsApp chat history

When the scan is completed, all data found on your iPhone will be displayed orderly in front of you. You can click the "WhatsApp" and "WhatsApp Attachments" to preview and check which you want back. Tick off those you want and click "Recover" button.

Recover WhatsApp Attachments on iPhone

Solution 2: How to Restore WhatsApp Chat History from iTunes

Step 1: Choose the "Recover from iTunes Backup File" option

After choosing the "Recover from iTunes Backup File" option, all iTunes backup files will be found and displayed on your computer automatically.

Select Latest iTunes Backup File

Step 2: Scan and preview data

Select the WhatsApp backup file that you want to extract and click "Start Scan". And then, preview the listed categories one by one. Lastly, navigate to "Recover" button to retrieve WhatsApp messages on your computer.

Scan and Recover the WhatsApp Messages from Backup

You can also use the WhatsApp Data recovery tool to extract WhatsApp chat history from iCloud backup.

Tip: If You Have WhatsApp Backup, How to Restore from iCloud?

WhatsApp allows you to back up chats to your iCloud account under the conditions that:

  • You have sign in iCloud on your iPhone;  

  • There are enough space on your iCloud and iPhone;  

  • For devices running on iOS 8 or later, iCloud Drive should be turned on.

After that, when you manually back up WhatsApp or has enabled "Auto Backup" on WhatsApp, your data will be backed up to iCloud. If you are not sure if you have made the backup, go to "WhatsApp Settings" > "Chats" > "Chat Backup", see when your last backup was made.

  • After ensuring the backup information, delete and reinstall WhatsApp from the App Store.

  • Then verify your phone number, there will be prompt to restore your chat history.

  • Click "Restore" to get back the WhatsApp chat history.

Restore WhatsApp Backup from iCloud

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To keep your WhatsApp chats safe, it is important to make a backup every now and then. Besides using WhatsApp's backup feature, FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery can back up your WhatsApp chats to PC, which can save your iCloud/iPhone storage and allow you to recover chats selectively.

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