Despite having fewer features than most social media apps like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, WhatsApp is still one of the most-used social media application worldwide. It offers the fastest communication than any other social media website or application. WhatsApp is available on almost all mobile operating systems including iOS and Android, and if you are reading this article, you are most likely to be an iPhone user.


Have you accidentally deleted your WhatsApp and looking for an optimal solution to recover WhatsApp from iPhone 11? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Following is the step-by-step guide to recover WhatsApp on iPhone for free.

What You Should Know Before iPhone WhatsApp Recovery

iOS uses the SQLite database system to store data and information on the device. The SQLite database marks the used space as “Allocated” data and when a certain data is deleted, the storage space is marked as “Unallocated” data. Although the data is deleted, iPhone still holds onto it for some time until more data is stored on the device. In simple words, the new data or information stored will overwrite the “Unallocated” data.

This is the main reason why we always suggest our users stop using iPhone after data deletion. Any operations like saving, installing, or downloading data can overwrite the unallocated data. Note that you cannot recover the deleted WhatsApp data once unallocated data is overwritten with the new data stored.


For now, there is no totally free WhatsApp recovery tool. However, there are free trial versions with many software. So it is still worthy of trying before purchasing.

Part 1: All-in-One iPhone WhatsApp Recovery Tool (Supports iOS 14)

iMyFone D-Back Data Recovery is an ideal solution to perform WhatsApp recovery. Whether you want to recover data from iCloud/iTunes Backups or directly from iPhone, iMyFone has got you covered. Following are some features of iMyFone D-Back:

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Key Features:

  • It can selectively or fully recover WhatsApp messages and its attachments from iPhone.
  • It can recover WhatsApp data without affecting your current data on iPhone.
  • You can recover WhatsApp without installing and uninstalling.
  • It will recover WhatsApp data without restoring.
  • Compatible with almost all iOS devices and versions including iPhone XR, XS, XS Max and iOS 12/13/14.
  • Restore not only WhatsApp messages, but also your audio messages, photos, videos, and other attachments without having to do a full restore.

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Free iPhone WhatsApp Recovery without Backup (Supports iOS 14)

Follow the below steps to recover WhatsApp in iPhone without backup using D-Back:

Step 1.Launch iMyFone D-Back on PC or Mac. Go to the “Recover from iOS Device” and click “Start”.

Recover from iOS Device Tab

Step 2.Connect your iPhone with the system and wait for a few minutes so that D-Back can recognize it. Click “Next” to continue.

connect your device

Step 3.Mark tick on the “WhatsApp” icon under the “Third-Party IM App” and click “Scan”.

select data types

Step 4.After a while, iMyFone will preview a list of recovered files. Click “Show Only Deleted Files” to specifically recover the WhatsApp data. You can either mark tick the “Select All” button on the top-right corner or select the required files. After selecting, click “Recover” to complete the process.

preview WhatsApp

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Part 2: iPhone WhatsApp Recovery Software Via iTunes Backup

Option 1:Recover WhatsApp From iTunes Backup Via D-Back

Here is how you can recover WhatsApp from iTunes backup with iMyFone D-Back:

Step 1. Open D-Back on Mac or PC. Click the “Recover from iTunes Backup” tab and then click “Start”.

Step 2. If your iTunes is protected with a password, sign in to the iTunes and select the most relevant backups from a list of all iTunes backup made on the iPhone. Click “Next”.

Step 3. Mark the “WhatsApp” icon and click “Scan”.

Step 4. When the scanning completes, iMyFone will show a preview version of the recovered files from WhatsApp. Select the required files and click “Recover”.

Select iTunes Backup

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Option 2: Recover WhatsApp Via iTunes Restore (Official)

Follow these steps to restore iPhone WhatsApp from iTunes in an official way:

Step 1. Launch iTunes on Mac or PC, specifically the one which was used to back up the iPhone data.

Step 2. Connect iPhone with the computer and wait for a few moments so iTunes can recognize it.

Step 3. Select your iPhone device and determine the ideal backup to restore WhatsApp data.

Step 4. Click “Restore Backup” to complete the process.


This method will pose a risk for your current data, that’s means all the data will be overwritten since you last backup, and it doesn’t allow selectively recover WhatsApp messages from iTunes backup.

 Restore Your iPhone from an iTunes Backup

Part 3: Free WhatsApp Recovery Software iPhone Via iCloud Backup

Option 1: Recover WhatsApp From iCloud Backup Via D-Back

Here is how you can recover WhatsApp from iCloud Backup with iMyFone D-Back:

Step 1. Launch iMyFone D-Back on your Desktop PC or Mac. Now go to the “Recover from iCloud Backup” tab and click “Start.

Step 2. Log in to your iCloud Account.

Step 3. D-Back will show the available iCloud backups. Select the most recent backup you made before the WhatsApp was deleted and click “Next”.

Step 4. Select the “WhatsApp Icon” and click “Scan” to proceed.

Step 5. After scanning, iMyFone will show preview results of the recovered files. Select the files fully or selectively and click “Recover”.

Select iCloud Backup

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Option 2: Restore WhatsApp Messages from iCloud

First, reset your iPhone by going at the following location i.e. Settings > Your Name > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. After this, follow these steps to restore iPhone WhatsApp from iCloud backup in an official way:

Step 1. When the device reboots after restoration, click “Restore from iCloud Backup” at the “App & Data”.

Step 2. Log in to your iCloud account and choose the backup you need before the WhatsApp deletion.

Step 3. The backup transfer will start right after choosing a backup.


Using this method, you will need to perform uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp and then recover WhatsApp messages from iCloud backup.

restore icloud backup

Part 4: Free WhatsApp Recovery iPhone Software [Offical Way]

Follow the below steps to recover WhatsApp chats from WhatsApp iCloud Backup for free:

Step 1. Open WhatsApp application on iPhone.

Step 2. Tap “Settings” at the bottom right corner.

Step 3. Tap “Chats” and then “Chat Backup”.

Step 4. Determine if the backup was made before the data loss. If the backup is available, reinstall the WhatsApp and backup chat at the WhatsApp start-up process.

Restore Chat History

Part 5: Pros and Cons of the above Methods

Using the official methods to recover iPhone data or specifically WhatsApp is not an ideal solution and you can end up restoring all the files including the ones you do not need.

In simple words, users are forced to recover complete backups instead of recovering WhatsApp selectively from the backup file. Furthermore, iCloud restore also includes factory resetting the iPhone.

On the other hand, iMyFone D-Back allows its users to recover data from the iOS device, iCloud backup, and iTunes backup. Not only users can recover WhatsApp data selectively, but there is also no need to factory reset the iPhone.


Those days are long gone when people have to look for a tech expert to find data recovery solutions. As WhatsApp data is crucial and will be needed at any hour of the day, it is necessary to look for a data recovery option as soon as in advance.

As discussed earlier, using iMyFone D-Back is the best way to recover WhatsApp data fully or selectively and with backup or without backup. Make sure to follow the above steps precisely and you are most likely to retrieve WhatsApp within minutes. In case of further questions or suggestions, feel free to leave a reply and we’d love to suggest a better solution.

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