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How to Recover WhatsApp Chat History from Android

author Emily Watson
date Tuesday, December 17, 2019

We all have encountered the situation where we delete an important WhatsApp message or chat from WhatsApp messenger. If your important WhatsApp chats have been deleted accidentally or intentionally but there is no backup for it, you can use an Android Data Recovery to recover deleted WhatsApp messages without backup. But if you do have a backup, you may restore WhatsApp chat history with the latest or less recent backups on Google Drive or local storage.

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Method 1: Restore Deleted WhatsApp Messages Without Backup on Android

With FonePaw Android Data Recovery (opens new window), you can quickly retrieve deleted WhatsApp messages, photos, and videos from Android devices, including Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony, Motorola, and more android phones and tablets. Better yet, you can recover older WhatsApp chats without losing the current messages.

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1. Connect your Android Phone to PC

After downloading, install and run FonePaw Android Data Recovery on your computer. Then, connect the Android phone to the computer via a USB cable. If you have enabled USB debugging on your phone, the program will detect the phone quickly.

Connect Android to PC

Otherwise, you should follow the on-screen instruction to enable USB debugging (opens new window) on your phone.

Enable USB Debugging

2. Select File Types to Scan

When your phone is recognized, the program will ask you to choose the file type you want to recover. Here, we can only check "WhatsApp" and "WhatsApp Attachment" to recover deleted WhatsApp messages and images.

Select WhatsApp to Scan

3. Grant Access to the WhatsApp Messages

The program is going to scan WhatsApp messages on your Samsung or other Android devices, but before it can do that, it needs to get the privileges to access your phone memory. FonePaw app is designed to help the desktop program to get access privileges. On your Android phone, enable Install via USB and install the FonePaw app. So hit the "Allow" button to each request sent by the FonePaw app.

Install FonePaw App

Allow FonePaw to Read Messages

4. Deep Scan Android for Deleted WhatsApp Data

Once the FonePaw app has been given permission, go to the desktop program and click Scan Authorized Files to read WhatsApp messages from your Android phone.

Scan WhatsApp Messages

Deleted WhatsApp messages can't be found after the first scan, click Deep Scan to find out the deleted WhatsApp data.

Start Deep Scan

5. Recover WhatsApp Messages and Attachments

If you want to recover WhatsApp chat history, click "WhatsApp" at the left hand. If you need WhatsApp photos and videos, choose "WhatsApp Attachments". Then, view these items and tick those you want to get back. Now, click "Recover".

Recover WhatsApp Message from Android

Recover WhatsApp Attachments from Android

Method 2: Recover Deleted WhatsApp Messages with Google Drive/Local Backup

A backup shows its importance when it comes to data loss. If you have backed up your WhatsApp chat history (opens new window) in advance, you can easily restore WhatsApp chats history from the backups. You could backup WhatsApp to Google Drive or local storage. Whether you have a Google Drive backup or local backup, you can easily restore WhatsApp backup in the following steps.

Step 1. Uninstall the "WhatsApp" app and reinstall it from Google Play Store.

Step 2. Open the app, follow the on-screen instruction to type in your phone number, which associates with your WhatsApp account.

Step 3. After verifying your account, WhatsApp will be automatically searching for backups on Google Drive or your phone memory.

Step 4. Tap "RESTORE" to restore WhatsApp chat.

Note that when it initializes your WhatsApp, you will be asked to set up Google Drive backup. Please do finish the settings.

Restore WhatsApp

Method 3: Restore WhatsApp Chat with Less Recent Backups

Usually WhatsApp will retrieve WhatsApp messages from most recent backups. However, what if you want to recover WhatsApp messages deleted days ago? If your WhatsApp backups are created locally, you can restore the less recent backups in the following steps. However, your phone only holds backups created within 7 days.

Step 1. Use a file management app on your phone to go to internal storage/WhatsApp/Databases or main storage/WhatsApp/Databases. If you use a SD card on the phone, you should find sdcard/WhatsApp/Databases.

Step 2. You'll see all the available backups with file name like msgstore-YYYY-MM-DD.1.db.crypt12. Rename the backup that may contain the deleted WhatsApp messages to msgstore.db.crypt12.

Step 3. Reinstall WhatsApp and restore the backup to get back deleted WhatsApp messages.

However, if you need to recover several months or 1 year old WhatsApp messages, you should use FonePaw Android Data Recovery (opens new window). Aside from messages, this program can recover WhatsApp photos and videos from your Android phone.

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