Sometimes you may have accidentally deleted the WhatsApp chat history, messages, photos, videos or other received attachments on iPhone. If you lost very important information included in your WhatsApp chats or messages, if you deleted very important photos and videos in WhatsApp, you may want to get them back, here are some methods to help you rescue the data. If you are an Android users, check out this tutorial: how to recover deleted WhatsApp messages on Android phones? In this article, you will find different solutions to recover Whatsapp messages. They have their own merits and drawbacks. Choose the one that can help you the best. You can follow below instructions and tips to retrieve WhatsApp Chats on various iPhone models and iOS versions, such as iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 plus, iOS 7, iOS 8, etc.

#1. How to Recover Deleted WhatsApp Messages on iPhone from recent backups?

recover whatsapp data from backupThe WhatsApp chat app makes backups for you automatically. However WhatsApp does not save or store any of your conversation or chat history on their server, thus you can’t expect to get a copy of your chats and messages from WhatsApp. The WhatsApp auto backup would be made every day at 4 AM (your local time). The automatic backup files of WhatsApp chat history and messages are only valid for 7 days after last saved. You can’t find or restore WhatsApp messages that are more than 7 days old. To recover deleted WhatsApp Messages on iPhone from recent backups, you can simply delete WhatsApp from iPhone, then reinstall it, during this reinstall process you will be prompted either to restore whatsapp messages from the backup or not.

#2. How to Recover Deleted WhatsApp Messages on iPhone from iCloud

recover whatsapp data from icloud backupSince version 2.10, WhatsApp has the built-in iCloud backup feature to back up your chat history so you can restore the chats in the future in case you accidently deleted your WhatsApp conversations and other documents.

How to restore WhatsApp messages from iCloud?

  1. Tap to run WhatsApp on iPhone.
  2. Go to Settings >> Chat Settings >> Chat Backup to ensure you have activated iCloud backup for your WhatsApp chat history. Your last WhatsApp backup on iCloud date and time can also be found there.
  3. Go to delete WhatsApp from your iPhone.
  4. Reinstall WhatsApp from Apple App Store.

You can restore Whatsapp chat history when you reinstall WhatsApp. Your media, except for your videos, will be backed up and restored as well. You can also follow this guide to download iPhone iCloud backups to computer. Your photos videos in Cameral Roll, messages, contacts, call logs, WhatsApp messages, notes, calendar, reminders, and more data can be downloaded from iCloud to computer.

#3. Recover Deleted WhatsApp Messages without Backups

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Above methods to recover Whatsapp messages all require an earlier backup was made, either manually automatically. If you have no backups of Whatsapp data, for example you have not synced iPhone to iTunes for long time, you did not enable iCloud on iPhone, can we still recover deleted whatsapp messages, conversation logs, photos, videos and other attachments? Yes, you can. You need professional iPhone recovery software. If you realized your WhatsApp chats were removed by mistake. Make sure not to use your iPhone for new data storage, such as downloading new apps, surfing the web, checking emails, etc. Because these activities will overwrite your deleted data in iPhone’s internal memory, thus cause the permanent lose of WhatsApp Messages. Instead you should use an iPhone data recovery on PC or Mac to recover deleted WhatsApp messages from iPhone to computer.

Here we recommend Dr.Fone for iOS, a professional mobile data recovery software. It is the world’s first mobile data recovery tool for consumers’ use in their daily life. And it is still the best-in-class up to date. You can use this tool to restore deleted WhatsApp Messages on iPhone from its internal memory.

Not only it can help scan your iPhone and recover delete WhatsApp messages, photos, videos and attachments, it can also extract and restore WhatsApp messages from iTunes backup, extract and restore WhatsApp chat history and documents from iCloud server. Download this mobile phone file recovery for iOS below:

Step 1. Run iPhone data recovery software.

This is a desktop software for Windows or Mac OS X. So make sure to download iPhone recovery on to your computer other than iPhone.

Step 2. Connect up your iPhone to computer via USB.

Run iPhone recovery software on computer and allow it to scan your iPhone. It is able to scan internal storage of iPhone and recover deleted WhatsApp messages and many other files. See how to recover deleted messages on iPhone here. And this tutorial shows you how to recover iPhone contacts.
scan iphone internal memory for deleted whatsapp messages

Step 3. Preview and get back deleted WhatsApp Messages.

After scanning, all found files will be grouped into different categories and displayed as shown in below screenshot. From now, you should already know how to how to recover deleted whatsapp messages on iPhone without backup. Simply select WhatsApp conversations, then hit the Recover button to recover WhatsApp messages.
recover deleted whatsapp messages on iphone

Note that if you can’t retrieve delete WhatsApp messages and attachments from the iPhone internal memory directly using this mobile data recovery software, try to switch to “Recover from iTunes Backup File” or “Recover from iCloud Backup File” modes, it can also help you extract and recover WhatsApp messages from iTunes backup on your computer or from your iCloud account.

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#4. How to Recover Deleted WhatsApp Messages on iPhone from iTunes backups?

recover whatsapp data from itunes backupIf you have previously backed up the iPhone using iTunes either manually or automatically, your WhatsApp Messages should have been stored in the iTunes backup file as well. In order to get back your WhatsApp chats through iTunes, you need to connect your iPhone to computer and restore iPhone using iTunes. Before you are going to retrieve WhatsApp Messages from iTunes backup, make sure to sync iPhone to your PC or Mac in advance, as you may have many new data saved on the iPhone since the last sync. Like the restore from WhatsApp auto backup, this method may lose the newest WhatsApp messages and what’s worse, you will lose many other latest data on iPhone, since it simply rolled back your iPhone to an earlier revision. A better and safer way to recover WhatsApp messages is to use iPhone data recovery software mentioned above. It can help you select and export WhatsApp messages and other files from iTunes, check out this guide to export data from iTunes backup.

58 thoughts on “How to Recover Deleted WhatsApp Messages on iPhone?

  1. Melody

    Hi sir,

    My WhatsApp crashed about 3 weeks ago (27/3) and I tried restoring it but it came up as error. However, I did back up my chats the last time being (14/3). The chats from 14/3 onwards appeared when I opened the app again. However, since the restore failed, whatsapp said to delete the app and install it again. I delayed this till recently only to find that the restored chats were from 14/3 onwards. I was wondering if there is any way of accessing iCloud to check whether my messages have been saved and maybe I could email them?

  2. max

    hi,

    can recover all theimages from my watsapp from the very begning of the app which are deleted permanently and not there in back up

  3. Kayleen

    While using dr. Fone or phone recovery programs, what does it mean when nothing comes up under what’s app, but in app data what’s app comes up what is that trying to show us?

    • Matt

      can you please take some screenshots to illustrate the issue and send to us via email?

  4. shah

    hi matt,

    how to recover permanent lose of whatsapp messages??

    • Matt

      If these old Whatsapp chat history is very important to you, you should download and try the above WhatsApp data recovery solution see if any luck. However if the deleted WhatsApp messages have been overwritten by new files and documents saved on your phone, you will not be able to get them back following instructions above.
      generally speaking, you will have higher success rate when recovering recently deleted data on the phone. the more times the deleted data has been erased, the less chance they can be retrieved.

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