Solved - How to Recover Deleted WhatsApp Messages on iPhone
- Part 1: WhatsApp Messages on iPhone Are Deleted Mistakenly
- Part 2: Use a Third-party Program to Restore iPhone WhatsApp Chat History
- Part 3: Bottom Line
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Part 1: WhatsApp Messages on iPhone Are Deleted Mistakenly
WhatsApp Messenger, full name of WhatsApp, is a kind of cross-platform, encrypted instant messaging application used on smart phones. With it, you can make voice calls and video calls; send text messages, documents, PDF files, images, videos, user location, audio files, phone contacts, voice notes, and more to other users who are also using standard cellular mobile numbers. Obviously, these messages are important to you. Once they are deleted by mistake, you surely want to find a way to get them back.
Here a real life example:
I delete some important messages in WhatsApp and I want to recover them. How can I undo my mistake? I am using iPhone 6 Plus, iOS 10.
Distinctly, this is an issue about "how to recover deleted WhatsApp messages on iPhone".
iPhone is one of the most popular phones all over the world, and its data loss is also an issue concerned by a lot of users. WhatsApp messages loss is one hot topic, and then this post will focus on iPhone WhatsApp recovery specially. Please read on.
Part 2: Use a Third-party Program to Restore iPhone WhatsApp Chat History
Cite a piece of official statement from WhatsApp.com:
"We believe that your chats are very important, and we work hard to make sure that you never lose them. However, in the case that they are deleted or lost for any reason, we cannot help you recover the messages because we do not store your WhatsApp chat history in our system."
On the surface, you have no way to recover your deleted WhatsApp messages. But the truth is not like that. There is a recommended post: How do I restore my messages, which refers to the way to recover deleted WhatsApp chat on iPhone. However, these methods mentioned in this post will replace all the existing WhatsApp messages by the previous backup data, and won't give you the chance to select iPhone WhatsApp messages you want to recover. So, they are not the ideal ways to a certain degree.
However, if you have a piece of third-party WhatsApp recovery software for iPhone, you will be able to get your deleted iPhone WhatsApp messages back selectively. Here I suggest you to use this professional software - MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS.
This software is a dedicated tool used to recover lost data including Photos, Messages, Notes, Reminders, WhatsApp, Bookmarks, and more from iOS devices, such as iPhone 7 Plus/7/SE/6S Plus/6S/6 Plus/6/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS, iPod Touch 5/4 and iPad 2/1, iPad mini. With this software, you can save the target WhatsApp messages to your computer directly. In addition, there are both Windows version (applies to Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP) and Mac version (applies to Mac OS X 10.11, 10.10, 10.9, 10.8, 10.7, and 10.6) for you to choose.
Besides, this software offers three recovery modules for you, and they are "Recover from iOS Device", "Recover from iTunes Backup File" and "Recover from iCloud Backup File". Among them, the first module can retrieve lost data from your iPhone directly, and the rest two modules can be utilized to restore data from the previous iTunes or iCloud backup file.
Fortunately, you can download and install the Free Edition to your computer to test the functions of this software first.
Since there are some functional limitations in the Free Edition, you are not allowed to save the scanned WhatsApp messages with this freeware. If you want to recover these data without limitations, you need to purchase the advanced version from the official site.
Until now, this software can be used to recover all the WhatsApp data types, including text messages, documents, PDF files, images, GIF, videos, user location, audio files, phone contacts, voice notes, and so on, which are sent and received through WhatsApp.
Then, you can know how to select a proper recovery module and how to operate this software from the following detailed introduction.
Method 1: Recover Deleted WhatsApp Messages on iPhone without Backup
In many cases, you always lose your WhatsApp messages unexpectedly. Most of you haven't had time to backup WhatsApp messages in advance. Don't panic. Once you delete your WhatsApp messages, they are not erased from the device immediately. As a matter of fact, the space they occupied is just mark as "free" and any new data is allowed to take up to that space. As long as the free space is not overwritten by new data, you will have the opportunity to get the deleted WhatsApp messages back without backup file with "Recover from iOS Device" module of this software.
See the following detailed steps:
Step 1. Connect your iPhone to the computer through USB cable, and open the software. Then the device will be displayed on the interface automatically. Click on the lower side button "Scan" to continue.
If you connect your iPhone to the computer for the first time, your iPhone will receive a piece of prompt as follows. Press on "Trust", and then MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS will detect your iPhone successfully.
Step 2. When the scanning process is finished, you will enter the results interface with the recoverable data types are listed on the left. Select "WhatsApp" from the list and all the scanned WhatsApp messages will be shown on the middle section. Choose one item and its detail content will be displayed on the right which facilitates you to select the items you want to recover.
This software also enables you to view the deleted items only. Just switch the button to "ON" and this tool will only show you the deleted WhatsApp messages.
Step 3. If you want to view the WhatsApp attachments only, you can press on "WhatsApp Att" from the list. And then all the scanned attachments will be shown on the right. Actually, you are able to preview some certain types of these attachments. Also, you can distinguish them from their names.
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Of course, method 1 is based on the premise that the original WhatsApp messages tracks are not overwritten by new data. While, if the deleted iPhone WhatsApp messages are erased from your iPhone forever, or if there is available iTunes or iCloud backup file, you can also apply the following two methods.
Method 2 and method 3 enable you to recover deleted iPhone WhatsApp messages from the previous backup file. Read them and select a suitable method according to your own situation.
If there are some recognition issues when you want to utilize "Recover from iTunes Backup File" and "Recover from iCloud Backup File" modules, you can visit this post: Solutions for Some Issues to get a suitable solution.
Method 2: Restore WhatsApp Messages on iPhone from iTunes Backup File
This method refers to "Recover from iTunes Backup File" module, which is also a high recommended method because of the completeness and comprehensiveness of iTunes backup file.
But at first, you should make the following preparations:
1. Install iTunes software to your computer.
2. Make sure that the iPhone WhatsApp messages are stored on the previous iTunes backup file.
3. The target iTunes backup file should be saved on the computer you are going to use. If not, you can also copy that backup file to the computer.
After these preparations, you can follow these steps as below to operate this software.
Step 1. When you enter its main interface, you should select "Recover from iTunes Backup File" module from the main interface. Then the iTunes backup file will be displayed on the interface as follows. If there is more than one backup file, you can choose the relative one by judging from their "Name" and "Latest Backup Date". And then you can click on the lower side button "Scan" to start the scanning process.
This software will detect the iTunes backup file from the default storage path of iTunes. So, if the target iTunes backup file is stored on another path and not displayed here on this interface, you can click on the lower-right blue button "Select", pick it out from the computer, and press on "Add" to make it be displayed here manually.
Step 2. It will take some minutes to finish the scanning process, and then you will enter the result interface. The rest operations are similar to method 2, and they will not be repeated here.
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Method 3: Retrieve WhatsApp Chat History on iPhone from iCloud Backup File
Of course, if you have made an iCloud backup before the deletion of iPhone WhatsApp chat history and you are sure the deleted items are stored on it, you also can use "Recover from iCloud Backup File" module to recover your lost data.
Due to the limitation of iCloud, this software is unable to get iCloud backup files with iOS 9 and its latter version.
Once you are sure that your iCloud backup version is earlier than iOS 9, you can follow the next steps to operate the software.
Step 1. Select "Recover from iCloud Backup File" module from the software's main interface. Then, you will get two input boxes. Type your "Apple ID" and "Password" into the two boxes, and then press on the blue button "Sign In" to continue.
Step 2. Then, in this step you will see all the available iCloud backup files are listed there. You can identify them from their "Name", "Latest Backup Date" and "File Size", then choose the relative one back file and click on "DownLoad" to continue.
Step 3. Then you will get a pop-out window which allows you to choose the type of files you want to retrieve. For this time you want to retrieve the deleted important WhatsApp call history, you should check "WhatsApp & WhatsApp Att", and then press on the dark blue button "Confirm" to start the download process. From this step, you can see that this software enables you to download WhatsApp backup from iCloud to PC in a sense.
Step 4. Different from method 1 and method 2, this result interface will show you the downloaded iPhone WhatsApp messages and attachments only. That is to say, with this recovery module, you don't need to spend much time on downloading because the download data types are limited to WhatsApp text messages as well as its attachments. And then the following operations are also similar to method 1.
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The introduction of these three recovery modules is finished now. And I believe that you have already known how to recover deleted WhatsApp messages on iPhone with MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS.
In addition, you should remember the importance of making and updating iTunes and iCloud backups regularly for these backup files give you more chances to recover lost vital iPhone data.
iOS 10 has become very popular recently. However, some of you say that some types of important data are lost after iOS updating. If you also face this kind of issue, and want to recover these data, you can visit this post - 3 Useful Ways to Recover Lost Files After iOS Update - to find some available solutions.
Part 3: Bottom Line
All in all, this software owns three recovery modules - "Recover from iOS Device", "Recover from iTunes Backup File" and "Recover from iCloud Backup File" - to retrieve your lost important iPhone WhatsApp messages as well as its attachments of different types."Recover from iTunes Backup File", which wins by it completeness and comprehensiveness, is the first recommendation among these three recovery modules. As long as you are sure the deleted iPhone WhatsApp messages are saved on the iTunes backup file, you'd better try this module firstly. Of course, the rest two recovery modules are also powerful for unexpected needs.
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