How to Recover Deleted WhatsApp Messages on Android Mobile

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For Android mobile fans, the lack of data backup service like iCloud and iTunes make the Android device vulnerable to losses caused by misoperation. Deleting WhatsApp messages by mistake or in a bad mood and wanting to recover them later? Then you can’t miss the following tips.

For iPhone users, don't miss four tips to recover deleted WhatsApp messages iPhone.

Since WhatsApp will automatically store the backup of the chat in your phone’s internal memory or external SD card, you can just uninstall and reinstall it to restore the deleted WhatsApp messages within seven days.

For more complicated cases of recovering less recent deleted WhatsApp chats history from external SD card, you can take the following steps for reference.

Method One- Manually restore less recent deleted WhatsApp messages backups from SD card.

Step One
Search Database folder in the SD card under the route of /sdcard/WhatsApp/Databases. In this folder, you will see several chat files named as the format of “msgstore-YYYY-MM-DD.1.db.crypt” according to the time backups are saved.


Kindly Notice: Under the instruction of manual recovery, your newest messages will be overwritten. If you want to avoid this, make a backup by the steps of WhatsApp > Menu Button > Settings > Chats and calls > Back up chats or Chat backup. Then rename the manual backup file to msgstore.db.crypt8 in case it is confusing in the processes of restoration before the restoration process.
Step Two

Uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp. Choose Restore when prompted. The chat file saved as “msgstore.db.crypt” is restored, that is to say, your old messages are restored.

Method Two-Manually recover deleted WhatsApp messages from Google drive.

Before recovering the deleted messages, make sure there is enough room on your phone to restore the backup. After verifying the phone number on the Google Play services account on your phone, you can take the three steps to continue. If you already did this before, just skip it.

  • Add the Google account to your phone.
  • Uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp.
  • Restore the messages you want from Google Drive. After the restoration process, tap on Next and your chats will be displayed once initialization is complete.
Method Three-Manually retrieve previous deleted WhatsApp messages after accidental uninstallation

You may encounter the problem of failing to get back WhatsApp messages when you uninstall WhatsApp accidentally and lost all previous chats history after reinstalling it. This may occur when you skip the restore process. After reinstalling WhatsApp, you need to delete all the messages and data of it to recover the backup of the chat. These are the three steps.

First, open the Settings of your Android mobile, tap on Applications, and then select WhatsApp.

Second, select Clear data, and you will see a warning message. Click OK. After this, all backup data will be removed, and you will be welcomed with the Configuration Screen of WhatsApp when you open it.

When you configure the WhatsApp again by entering your phone number, you will find the message “Backup Found”. Tap on the Restore button, and you get all your deleted chats history back now!


Method Four-Recover deleted WhatsApp messages without backup.

Trying all the methods still can’t find the deleted WhatsApp messages? There is no backup data in your phone when restoring factory settings, rooting your device or updating software? Under this circumstance, a third-party service is your best choice, which is more effective and effortless. You can try this Data Recovery for Android and have free access to it no matter based on the Windows or Mac system by clicking the button below.

Only three steps will complete the recovering process.

Step 1. Connect Your Android Device

Download the software and activate it. Then connect your Android phone to the computer and the program will automatically detect the device.


Step 2. Identify your Device

Enable the USB debugging by following the instructions.

  1. For Android 2.3 or earlier: Go to "Settings" < Click "Applications" < Click "Development" < Check "USB debugging"
  2. For Android 3.0 to 4.1: Go to "Settings" < Click "Developer options" < Check "USB debugging"
  3. For Android 4.2 or newer: Go to "Settings" < Click "About Phone" < Tap "Build number" for several times until getting a note "You are under developer mode" < Back to "Settings" < Click "Developer options" < Check "USB debugging"


If your cellphone has been rooted before, you need to grant the Superuser authorization on the phone when the notice appears on the screen.


Step 3. Choose WhatsApp and relevant files to scan

Select WhatsApp messages & attachments as well as other files to start the scanning process, and then click the Next button to continue.


Check in the box of Scan for deleted files to recover the deleted WhatsApp messages.


All the results will appear after the scanning, and you can select only the deleted WhatsApp messages by clicking the button Only display deleted items on the top of the window. Only a click of Recover will let you get back them.