Losing data on your iPhone is a risk you face every time you use the device. You can especially lose third-party data due to a number of factors and WeChat messages are no different. So, what do you do when you discover that you have lost some of your WeChat messages? If you have a backup of the messages, the solution is as easy as simply restoring the device.
This article will show you how to restore the device from a backup but also what you can do if you don't have a backup of the missing WeChat messages.
How to Find Back Lost/Deleted iPhone WeChat Messages with/without Backup?
Part 1. Things to Know Before We Start
Many iPhone users may lose hope of retrieving their WeChat messages back when they are accidentally deleted or lost. But there seems to be some information that they miss out. Actually, deleted messages or WeChat/WhatsApp/LINE/Kik messages, including text messages, audio messages, and sent videos, can all be recovered possibly even after they are deleted. And you do not even need a backup file to make that happen.
The reason behind this is that iPhone saves data on a database called SQLite. When you delete a specific data, it just changes from "Allocated" to "Unallocated", but leaves the actual data sitting there. Some day, when you create new data, the space for the "Unallocated" entries will be firstly occupied and overwritten with new information. Third-party iPhone data recovery software can access to iOS SQLite database and retrieve deleted data.
But if your iPhone has been erased or set to factory settings, it's not likely that the deleted messages are still there.
Part 2. How to Retrieve Deleted or Old WeChat Messages to iPhone (No Backup Needed)?
If you don't have a backup, you will need to make use of one of the most powerful data recovery tools to get your WeChat messages back. This data recovery tool is none other than iMyFone D-Back iPhone data recovery Win or iMyFone D-Back iPhone data recovery Mac. The following are just some of the features that make it the best.
- It can be used to recover up to 22 different types of data including photos, videos, contacts, notes, call history, voice memos, third-party app data like WeChat messages, WhatsApp messages and more.
- You can also use it to extract data from an iTunes or iCloud backup if you don't want to restore the device.
- It is compatible with most versions of the iOS and iOS devices, including the latest iOS 11. It is also available for you if you use Windows or Mac.
Here's how to use it to get your WeChat messages without a backup. But before we begin keep in mind that this process will only work if the messages have not been overwritten. To avoid this, stop using the device as soon as you discover the messages are missing.
Download and install iMyFone D-Back to your computer and then follow these simple steps.
Step 1: Launch the program and then select "Recover from iOS device" on the main window. Click on "Start" to begin. In the next window, select "WeChat" as the type of data to recover and then click "Next" to continue.
Step 2: Connect the iPhone to the computer and then click "Scan".
Step 3: When the scanning process is complete, all the recovered WeChat messages will be displayed on the next window. Select the ones you want to recover and then click "Recover" to save them to your computer.
The free trial version of iMyFone D-Back iOS data recovery software is now avaliable. Download it to check whether your WeChat messages can be recovered.
Part 3. How to Recover WeChat Chat History if you Have an iTunes/iCloud Backup?
If you have backed up the WeChat messages on iTunes, you can always just restore the device from this backup to get them back. Here's how to do it.
Step 1: Launch iTunes on the computer you used to back up the device and then connect the device to the computer using USB cables.
Step 2: Select the iPhone when it appears in iTunes and then select "Restore Backup".
Step 3: Select the relevant backup and click "Restore." Wait for the process to finish.
Step 4: Keep the device connect after it restarts until it syncs with iTunes successfully.
If you have an iCloud backup instead, here's how you can restore the device from iCloud.
Step 1: To begin with, you will have to erase all contents and settings on your device. To do this go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All contents and Settings. This will bring you to the set-up screen.
Step 2: Follow the instructions to set up the device until you get to the "Apps & Data Screen" and then select "Restore from iCloud Backup."
Step 3: Sign in to your iCloud account and then select the relevant backup. Stay connected to a Wi-Fi network until the restore process is complete.