How to Check & View Deleted WhatsApp Messages on iPhone

According to WhatsApp, about 1 billion people use the chat and photo sharing feature every day. If you’re reading this article, there are greater chances that you are a regular WhatsApp user and somehow your WhatsApp messages are deleted.

iPhone is famous for its dual backup options because iPhone users are less likely to lose any data unless they didn’t turn on the iCloud and iTunes backup. If you have accidentally deleted your WhatsApp messages and looking for the best solution to check and view deleted WhatsApp messages on iPhone, then you have come to the right place.

Following is a complete guide to check and view deleted WhatsApp messages on iPhone.

Q 1: Where did my deleted WhatsApp messages go on iPhone?

Before getting started, let us make it clear that what happens to the deleted WhatsApp messages. Note that all iOS devices use a special SQLite database that holds onto deleted data for some time. When the data is stored on the iPhone, it is marked as “Allocated Data”. After deleting certain data, it is marked as “Unallocated Data” and disappears from the iPhone.

Do not keep using the iPhone after accidental data deletion. Saving new data, installing applications, or downloading certain items may overwrite the deleted data and make it impossible to retrieve lost data.

Q 2: Can I check and view deleted WhatsApp messages on iPhone?

The answer varies.

You cannot check and view the deleted WhatsApp messages using the built-in features of the iPhone or using iTunes/iCloud. So in this situation, the answer is NO.

Luckily, the third-party data recovery software can provide access to the SQLite Database to check, view and recover the deleted WhatsApp messages. So in this situation, the answer is YES. Although no one can guarantee that they can recover data from iPhone 100%, it is still worthy of trying the following methods t have a check.

1: Check & View Deleted iPhone WhatsApp Messages Directly

Following is the step-by-step guide to check and view deleted WhatsApp messages from iPhone directly. As discussed earlier, if you haven’t made a backup on your iPhone device, it is only possible to check, view, and recover the deleted WhatsApp messages through third-party software.

In this regard, iMyFone D-Back is an ideal data recovery software that allows its users to get access to the iOS SQLite database and recover WhatsApp messages with or without backup.

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Key Features:

  • It allows you to check and view deleted WhatsApp messages without backup.
  • It allows you to view and recover deleted WhatsApp messages selectively or fully.
  • You can check and view deleted WhatsApp chats without restoring the backup to a device.
  • You can check and view WhatsApp messages within iTunes and iCloud backups.
  • It is compatible with all iOS devices and versions i.e. iPhone 11/XS Max and iOS 13/12.
  • You can preview the recoverable WhatsApp files in its free trial version.
  • It supports more than 18 data types like safari history, call history, contacts, voice memos, messages, etc.

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Follow these steps to learn how to check deleted WhatsApp messages directly from iPhone.

Step 1.Launch iMyFone D-Back. Select the “Recover From iOS Device” from the sidebar and click “Start”.

Recover from iOS Device Tab

Step 2.Connect your iPhone with the desktop. Click “Next” after D-Back detects the iPhone.

connect your device

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

select data types

Step 4.After scanning, select the required WhatsApp messages or click “Select All” button on the top-right corner to complete the recovery process with tapping Recover button.

preview WhatsApp

Windows version    Mac version

Part 2: Check & View iPhone WhatsApp Data from iTunes/iCloud Backups

Also, you can use iPhone backups to check and view WhatsApp messages. Follow the instructions below to learn how to view WhatsApp messages from iPhone backups.

You can either use iTunes Backups in the official way which includes or using the iMyFone D-Back with no data loss risks.

Option 1. Restore whole iTunes backup including WhatsApp (data loss)

Follow these steps to restore whole iTunes backup including WhatsApp in an official way which will cause data loss.

Step 1. Open the iTunes on your Mac or Desktop PC.

Step 2. Attach the iPhone with the Mac or PC using a USB cable.

Step 3. Enter passcode if the iTunes is encrypted and select the device.

Step 4. Check the date and size of each backup and find the most relevant backup.

Step 5. Click “Recover Backup” to complete the process.

itunes backup

Option 2. View Deleted WhatsApp Messages from iTunes backup (no data loss)

Here is how you can check and view deleted WhatsApp messages from iTunes backup with D-Back:

Step 1. Click “Start” after checking in to the “Recover from iTunes Backup”.

Step 2. Enter the password to log in to the iTunes and select the most recent backup by checking the date and size of each backup. Click “Next” to continue.

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

Step 4. When the scanning process completes, preview and select the deleted WhatsApp messages you need and click “Recover”.

Step 5. Similarly, iCloud backups can also be used in an official way as well as with the iMyFone D-Back.

Select iTunes Backup

Windows version    Mac version

Option 3. Restore whole iCloud backup including WhatsApp (data loss)

Follow these steps to recover whole iCloud Backup including WhatsApp with data loss:

Step 1. Reset your iPhone by going to the Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Content and Settings > Enter the Apple password to complete the process.

Step 2. At rebooting, click “Recover from iCloud Backup” at the “App & Data” page.

Step 3. Sign in to your iCloud account and determine the right back up by looking at the date and size of backups.

Step 4. Complete the recovery process and keep the iPhone connected to the internet. The restore process may take a few minutes depending upon the backup size.


Option 4. View Deleted WhatsApp Messages from iCloud backup (no data loss)

Here is how you can check and view deleted WhatsApp messages from iCloud backup with D-Back:

Step 1. Open iMyFone D-Back, select the “Recover from iCloud Backup” tab, and click “Start”.

Step 2. Sign in to your iCloud account using the Apple ID.

Step 3. Select the backup you need from the iCloud backups list. Click “Next”.

Step 4. Select the “WhatsApp” icon and click “Scan”.

Step 5. D-Back will provide a preview of the recovered WhatsApp messages after scanning. Choose the needed WhatsApp messages and click “Recover” to complete the process.

Select iCloud Backup

Windows version    Mac version

Part 3: Reviews of D-Back and Official Ways

The major difference between using the D-Back or iPhone backups to check, view, and restore the WhatsApp messages is that D-Back allows the users to recover data fully or selectively from the iPhone, iTunes backups, or iCloud backups.

via D-Back
via iCloud Restore
via iTunes Restore
Selectively check and view deleted WhatsApp
Fully check and view deleted WhatsApp
Check and view deleted WhatsApp from iTunes backup
Check and view deleted WhatsApp from iCloud backup
Check and view deleted WhatsApp backup file without restoring
No storage limitation
only 5GB free storage
not free, but with a free trial version

On the other hand, when using backups in official ways, you must delete the previous data and recover the complete iTunes or iCloud backup to restore WhatsApp messages. This means the items which were intentionally deleted by you will also be recovered. Also, D-Back lets you preview the recovered files in the free version before restoring.


In a nutshell, using iPhone backups with D-Back is certainly the best choice to retrieve any kind of data. Not only you can check and view the WhatsApp messages fully or selectively, but also lets you preview the recoverable items in the free version. Note that the items previewed in the free version are the same which you can recover in the paid edition.

Windows version    Mac version

We hope any of the above solutions could help you check and view the WhatsApp deleted messages on iPhone. If so, feel free to leave a reply below stating which method works best for you. In case of further queries, suggestions, or any problems, just leave a comment.

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