How to Restore Deleted WhatsApp Messages from iPhone

By Emily Watson, Wednesday, October 11, 2017

WhatsApp messages can be deleted by accident – for instance, you meant to hit "Add" a conversation shortcut, but instead, you tap "Delete chat." What that happens, how do you recover deleted WhatsApp messages on iPhone?

According to WhatsApp official announcement, WhatsApp doesn't store any of your data on its remote server. All the WhatsApp chat history and attachments are stored on your own iPhone. Therefore, there is nothing WhatsApp can do to help you restore deleted messages. Fortunately, we still have chance to recover deleted/lost WhatsApp chats from iPhone with the help of FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery.

FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery allows you to restore deleted WhatsApp messages from iPhone even there is no backup. Also, it can help you restore WhatsApp chat history from iTunes backup or from iCloud backup when the phone is lost or broken. Here are 4 ways to restore WhatsApp messages from iPhone X/8/8 Plus/7/SE/6s/6/5s/5 and more.

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Note: Stop using your iPhone after you mistakenly delete WhatsApp messages. Any operation on the phone will generate new data, which may overwrite the deleted WhatsApp messages and make them unrecoverable.

For Android users, you can go to this page: WhatsApp Recovery - Recover WhatsApp Messages from Android

Solution 1: Restore WhatsApp Messages from iCloud Backup

Step 1. Install and Launch FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery

No matter you are using a Windows PC or Mac, you can find a right version according to your computer system. Click the download button above to download and install FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery on your computer. Then, launch the program.

Install FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery

Step 2. Sign in iCloud Account & Download iCloud Backup 

Choose "Recover from iCloud Backup File". Then, log in your iCloud account and there will be some iCloud backup files appearing in the windows. Select an iCloud backup file with the deleted WhatsApp messages and click "Download".

Sign into iCloud Account

Download iCloud Backup Up

Note: Make sure you have backed up your iPhone with iCloud before. FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery enables you to selectively recover needed WhatsApp messages in an iCloud backup file.

Step 3. Preview & Recover Deleted WhatsApp Messages

After downloading and scanning, click "WhatsApp" or "WhatsApp Attachments" in the left bar to preview your chat history. The deleted ones will be shown in red. Check those you need and click "Recover" to get back WhatsApp messages to your computer.

Recover WhatsApp from iCloud

The recovered WhatsApp will be saved in CSV and HTML files. Here is what a exported WhatsApp HTML file looks like:

WhatsApp HTML File

Solution 2: Extract WhatsApp Messages from iTunes Backup

Step1. Extract Data from iTunes Backup Files

Choose "Recover from iTunes Backup File". There will be some iTunes backup files appearing in the windows. Select the latest iTunes backup of your iPhone and then click "Start Scan" to let the program extract data from iTunes.

Extract WhatsApp from iTunes

Step 2. Preview and Restore WhatsApp from iTunes

Once the scan progress is finished, you can preview all found data. Please tick "WhatsApp" checkbox on the left panel, then all conversations will show up. Just choose those conversations for some contacts you’d like to get back, then click "Recover" button.

Restore WhatsApp from iTunes

Solution 3: Restore WhatsApp Backup from iCloud/iTunes

If you have previously backed up your iPhone using iTunes or iCloud, you may also be able to retrieve delete WhatsApp chats by restoring your iPhone from backup.

Option A: From iTunes Backup

1.Open iTunes, then go to Edit > Settings > Devices to disable automatic syncing.

2.Connect iPhone to a computer and click your device's icon. Then, click "Restore Backup".

Restore WhatsApp

Option B: From iCloud Backup

1.Go to WhatsApp Settings > Chats > Chat Backup to check if there is an iCloud backup for your WhatsApp messages.

2.Delete and reinstall WhatsApp on your iPhone.

3.Verify your phone number, then follow the on-screen prompts to restore WhatsApp chat history. 

   Restore WhatsApp Chat History with iCloud

Solution 4: Recover WhatsApp Messages without Backups

What if you never back up your iPhone WhatsApp? FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery is your last resort. Except for restoring from iTunes or iCloud, FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery allows you recover WhatsApp from iPhone directly.

1. Download and run FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery. Then, connect your iPhone to PC via USB cable.

2. Click "Start Scan". The program will scan the device for lost WhatsApp messages.

Scan Deleted WhatsApp

3. After the scan, click "WhatsApp" to preview the lost messages before recovery.

4. Mark the messages you want and click "Recover" to save them on your computer.

Preview and Recover Deleted WhatsApp

Prevent iPhone Data Loss…

With more and more files we generate or stored on our iPhone, we recommend that you regularly backup your device on iTunes or iCloud to avoid any permanent data loss. If you really lost important files on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, use FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery and let it help you recover lost iPhone photos, contacts, messages, notes, reminders, etc. as soon as possible.

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