Social network apps are playing an important role in our daily life, adding spice in routines. Especially WhatsApp, which is one of most popular social network apps, allows us to chat with our family, friends or colleagues at any time easily. And it could drive us crazy if important WhatsApp chat history or attachments of photos and videos are deleted or lost by mistake. This article will introduce four methods to recover deleted WhatsApp messages iPhone to sort this out.
1 Recover Deleted Messages from WhatsApp iCloud Backup
WhatsApp will not save your daily data on its servers, so it can't help you recover deleted messages. However it allows us to back up your chat history and media to iCloud by setting chat backup on WhatsApp settings.
Step 1: Make sure that you have backed up WhatsApp messages in iCloud or turned on auto backup before. To check this, simply go to WhatsApp → Settings → Chats → Chat Backup.
Step 2: Uninstall WhatsApp and verify your phone number after reinstalling it from the App Store. Then you will see a welcome notice prompting you to restore chat history. Simply tap on Restore Chat History and you shall get back your deleted WhatsApp messages once the restore process is complete.
2 Recover Deleted WhatsApp Messages without Backup
If you don’t backup your device on iTunes regularly or you failed to activate the automatic backup function in iCloud, you may be a little worried. In this situation you will need a third-party recovery software. And iMyFone D-Back iPhone data recovery or iMyFone D-Back iPhone data recovery for Mac is a powerful iPhone data recovery tool to get deleted WhatsApp messages back effortlessly. Check more features of this tool:
iMyFone D-Back iPhone Data Recovery (iOS 10 Supported)
- Supports to recover 22+ file types from iPhone such as WhatsApp messages, Viber messages, Kik messages, photos, videos, text messages, notes etc;
- Allows to preview and restore your WhatsApp messages selectively before recovery;
- Supports to extract WhatsApp messages from iTunes or iCloud backup without overwriting the current data on iPhone;
- Supports the new iOS 10 and almost all the iOS device, such as iPhone 7/SE/6S Plus/6S/6 Plus/6, iPad Pro, iPad touch and more.
The following instructions shows how to recover deleted WhatsApp messages from iPhone 7/SE/6s(Plus)/6(Plus)/5s/5c/5/4s/4 with iMyFone D-Back with just three steps.
Step 1: Download and Install iMyFone D-Back on Your Computer
Before start download and install the program on your computer.
Step 2: Select How You Lost Your WhatsApp Files
Click start to enter smart recovery mode. Then choose how you lost data. We will choose"deleted or lost by accident".
Step 3 Select the Lost File Type
Then you will need to choose "WhatsApp" from the file list.
Step 4: Scan and Search Lost WhatsApp Messages
If you choose to recover from iOS device, you may need to connect your iPhone to computer and the software will scan your device before recovery.
If you choose to recover from iTunes backup, pick up one relevant backup file that may contain the lost WhatsApp messages.
If you choose to Recover from iCloud backup, you may need to login your iCloud account before start. We will not save your login info.
Step 5: Preview and Recover Deleted WhatsApp Messages
When scanning is finished, you can preview the files to find the exact WhatsApp messages you need. Then select the messages and tap Recover. After choosing a storage path, lost data is recovered to the appointed file.
With iMyFone D-Back iPhone data recovery for Win or iPhone data recovery for Mac it is very easy to recover your missing WhatsApp messages. And with the free trial, you can test drive the program, see if your messages can be recovered. Give it a try!
3 Restore Deleted WhatsApp Messages from iTunes Backup
If you have the habit of backing up your iPhone to iTunes regularly, you can recover deleted WhatsApp messages from the iTunes backups with easy operation.
1. Open iTunes, click on iPhone icon and select Restore Backup...
2. Select the backup file contains WhatsApp messages, and click the button Restore.
Note: This method may lead to the loss of new data that you are yet to backup. So, connect your device to iTunes and sync the new data before restoring the backup.
4 Retrieve Deleted WhatsApp Messages from iCloud Backups
You can check the iCloud backup status by going to Settings > iCloud > Backup. Please make sure iCloud backup has activated in your iPhone so that this method can take effect.
Step 1: Go to Settings → General → Reset → Erase All Content and Settings.
Step 2: Follow the instructions on the Setup screen until you get to “Apps & Data” and then select “Restore from iCloud Backup.
Step 3: Select the relevant iCloud Backup and then keep the device connected to a Wi-Fi network until the restore process is complete.