How to restore WhatsApp messages?

Whatsapp recovery has been a hot topic as so many users may lost important chat history, received files in WhatsApp but do not know how to restore WhatsApp messages and other data. What’s worse a lot of smart phone users may not back up their content on the phone before they lost them. If you have made backups, to restore WhatsApp messages will become much easier. Check out this guide to backup WhatsApp messages if not yet. Today, we will discuss how to restore WhatsApp messages with or without backups for iPhone and Android phones. So if you do not have any WhatsApp backups, you will still be able to restore WhatsApp messages from your mobile phone directly.

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Part 1. How to restore WhatsApp messages on iPhone?

If you are using WhatsApp for iOS on an iPhone, such as iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, you have iTunes and iCloud to backup WhatsApp messages or restore WhatsApp messages from iTunes and iCloud. We recommend you to enable iCloud backup for WhatsApp on iPhone. Go back to the first paragraph and refer to the linked guide for the details. Here are the steps to restore WhatsApp messages from iCloud.

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. If you want to restore WhatsApp video files that are not included in iCloud backups, you need to follow the next iPhone WhatsApp restore method below.

How to restore Whatsapp messages on iPhone without backup?

Chances are you deleted WhatsApp messages or the WhatsApp for iOS and realized there is no backup saved anywhere. If so, is it still possible to recover them? Fortunately there are iPhone data recovery software on the market can help you rescue deleted data without backups. We highly recommend this iPhone data recovery. It is the world’s first and yet still the best iOS recovery program. It is easier to use than other similar tools. You do not need to jailbreak iPhone in order to use this data recovery. No apps required to be installed on your iPhone. It is also more powerful than its competitors. You can use it to recover up to 17 different file types in current version, such as contacts, messages, photos, videos, call history, reminders, notes, calendars, WhatsApp messages & attachments, and many others. Now download the iPhone recovery software on to your PC or Mac computer and follow steps below to restore WhatsApp messages on iPhone without backups.

Step 1. Connect iPhone to computer

Connect your phone to PC or Mac via its USB data cord which you use it charge your phone, sync it to computer.

Step 2. Scan your iPhone

Run the WhatsApp recovery software on computer and allow it to scan your iPhone. Prior to scan iPhone internal storage, it offers a screen to select which types of data you like to recover. Select WhatsApp & Attachment, then start scanning iPhone.

Step 3. Preview and Restore WhatsApp messages

The scan of iPhone may take a while. After that, all found files during the scanning will be categorized into different menus on the left. See below screenshot.

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To restore WhatsApp messages, go to Messages & Call log section >> WhatsApp. All WhatsApp chat history will be listed in the middle. If you like to preview WhatsApp chat history details, click on one conversation to preview it in the right column. To restore WhatsApp chat history with one person, simply click to check this conversation, then hit the Recover button at the bottom right corner, you can then restore WhatsApp messages from iPhone’s internal memory to your computer. In this way you can not only restore WhatsApp messages but also the sent and received files in the chat history. If you want to restore only WhatsApp attachments, such as photos, videos, or you can’t reminder which conversation contains the file you like to get back, you can go to Messages & Call log section >> WhatsApp Attachment to search and restore the files. You can find more details in this guide: how to recover deleted WhatsApp messages on iPhone?

Part 2. How to restore WhatsApp messages on Android phones?

WhatsApp messages restore on Android share many features in common with iPhone WhatsApp messages restore. When you delete WhatsApp from your mobile phone and try to reinstall it again, you will also have the option to restore WhatsApp messages from previous backups. Unlike iPhone WhatsApp messages restore, Android users will be able to restore WhatsApp messages from backup saved in the internal memory of their Android phones.

How to restore WhatsApp messages on Android?

  1. Tap to run WhatsApp on Android mobile.
  2. Press the Menu button on your phone
  3. Go to delete WhatsApp Settings >> Chat Settings >> Backup conversations. Here you can find out whether you have backed up WhatsApp or not. What’s the date and time of last backup if any.
  4. Reinstall WhatsApp for Android on your phone and restore WhatsApp messages.

How to restore WhatsApp messages on Android without backup?

In the first half of this post, we have showed you how to restore whatsapp chat history on iPhone. And we also introduced you a mobile phone recovery which can help you restore WhatsApp messages without backups. Likewise we can also use a similar tool to restore WhatsApp messages on Android when no backups were made before. This Android mobile data recovery software support many Android phone brands and models, such as Samsung (Samsung Galaxy S4, S5, S6, …), LG, HTC (like M8, M9), Sony, Xiaomi, Huawei, Lenovo, Sharp, Motorola, Nexus, etc. Best of all a great many Android phone models are supported without even rooting the phone. Many of its competitors however require users to root their Android phones and support quite limited phone models. You can download the Android phone recovery software below and follow instructions below to restore WhatsApp messages on Android without backups.

Step 1. Enable USB Debugging on Android phone

You can follow this guide to enable USB debugging on Android phones.

Step 2. Connect Android phone to computer

Connect your phone to PC or Mac through USB.

Step 3. Analyze and Scan Android phone

Run the Android mobile data recovery software on your computer to scan the phone. Prior to scanning, it will analyze your phone model and system status. You will have the chance to enable WhatsApp messages and Attachments recovery, just like iPhone WhatsApp message restore above. WhatsApp messages recovery on Android however offers you the option to select file types to scan or recover. It is highly recommended to narrow down the search to WhatsApp messages only as this can greatly save your time during the scanning process to come. After the scanning process, you will be presented with a result page of what this Android recovery software has found in your phone’s internal memory and external SD card if any.
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Step 4. Restore WhatsApp messages

Finally select the WhatsApp messages you like to retrieve, then click the Recover button to restore WhatsApp messages selected from Android phone to computer. You can refer to this guide to more useful tips about WhatsApp recovery: How to recover deleted WhatsApp messages on Android phones?

Extra WhatsApp Data recovery tips

Although we can recover WhatsApp messages without backups, we still suggest you to do the backup regularly. Also when you deleted WhatsApp messages without backups, the first thing you need to do is to stop using your phone for any activities that may save data on to the device. These include browsing the web, checking emails, downloading new apps and so on. They will overwrite those deleted data on your phone and make them unrecoverable.