How to Recover Deleted WhatsApp Messages on iPhone?

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

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 this iOS data recovery tool, 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. hi matt,

    i have uninstalled and reinstall back my whatsapp. i didn’t do any backup chat. possible to recover my old messages?

    1. after uses several applications to recover, i manage to recover messages after the re-installation of whatsapp. i really need the messages from my old whatsapp before i unistalled it.

    2. you can download the iPhone data recovery software trial edition on to your computer from above post. then connect iPhone to computer and run this recovery to scan your iPhone for those deleted WhatsApp messages see if any luck.

    1. do you mean photos and videos sent or received through WhatsApp or those taken using your phone camera and saved in Camera Roll?

  2. Hey I had some problem with phone (Micromax A310) so i gave it for repair and i also took a backup of the conversation and its in my phone also but when i install How To Hack Whatsapp Account
    it asks for restore and i do also and it gives a message that backup has been restored but there is nothing in the chat as i can only see the groups no hat with the peoples , so how can i get back the chats

    1. WhatsApp will not keep a full backup of users chats on their server. Generally speaking the auto backup of WhatsApp chats contains only the chat history of the last 7 days.
      Do you have any other backup files saved on your phone or elsewhere? If so you can refer to this guide to restore WhatsApp chats from backups on Android. At the bottom of previous linked article, you can also find a solution to scan your Android phone internal storage and recover deleted WhatsApp chats and files from there.

  3. Hey Matt, I really need your help!

    I was locked out of my iphone so I had to restore it. Once I did everything came back to me except my whats app messages. I back up my iphone to itunes on a weekly basis so I was shocked that no one of my messages appeared.

    I have all my Whatsapp messages backed up on Itunes but not on icloud.

    I used a third party software which has found that in my itunes I have 52,899 messages available for recovery,

    I am desperate to get them back on my iphone, all my messages are done on whats app and I don’t know want to lose them.

    I would like to get them all back on my iphone displaying how they once were. I have managed to extract all messages in a weird HTML format to my desktop, but I just want my whats app messages back on my iphone.

    Please could you advise me how to do this?



    1. Hi Tom,
      which software do you use to retrieve the lost whatsApp data?
      the above Dr fone iPhone recovery can help user extract WhatsApp data from iTunes backup as well, but it does not support the restore of WhatsApp data from iTunes backup to iPhone either. It can only extract WhatsApp chats from itunes backup to your computer.

    1. Do you have any recent backup of iPhone? If not backup created, you can refer to Method 3 from above post to download the iPhone data recovery software on to your computer, and use it to scan your iPhone for the deleted WhatsApp chats see if any luck. When you notice the data loss, you should stop using your phone and follow above instructions to retrieve the lost data as soon as possible. If the deleted chats have been overwritten by new data, you can’t get them back using above iPhone data recovery software.

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