4 Methods to Recover Deleted WhatsApp Messages on iPhone

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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 WhatsApp Messages On iPhone

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.

go to whatsapp settings go to chat backup check backup date

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.

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2 Recover Deleted WhatsApp Messages Without Backup

If you don't back up your data to iTunes regularly, and forget to activate the automatic backup function of iCloud in you iPhone, then how to retrieve deleted WhatsApp messages on iPhone without backup? 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:

Note: Please stop using your iPhone once you deleted messages, otherwise the deleted WhatsApp messages will be overwritten and unrecoverable.

  • Recover 22+ file types from iPhone such as WhatsApp messages, Skype messages, Kik messages, photos, videos, text messages, notes etc;
  • Allow to preview and restore your WhatsApp messages selectively before recovery;
  • Supports to recover WhatsApp messages from your iTunes or iCloud backup without overwrite the current data on iPhone;
  • Support almost all the iOS device, such as iPhone SE/6S Plus/6S/6 Plus/6, iPad Pro, iPad Touch and more.

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The following instructions shows how to recover deleted WhatsApp messages iPhone with iMyfone D-Back with just three steps.

Step 1: Select WhatsApp and How You Lost Your WhatsApp Files

Download and run the program on your computer. Click start to enter smart recovery mode and select the lost file type. Then choose how you lost data. We will choose"deleted or lost by accident"

select whatsapp from smart recovery

select how you lost data

Step 2: Scan and Search Lost WhatsApp Messages Smartly

Then connect your iPhone to computer to let D-Back scan the deleted messages on your iPhone.

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.

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Step 3: 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.

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So easily, iMyfone D-Back iPhone data recovery or iMyfone D-Back iPhone data recovery for Mac can recover WhatsApp messages iPhone without complex manual procedures. And now, the free trail version is available for figuring out whether your deleted WhatsApp messages can be scanned and found. Just have a try now.

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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.

restore whatsapp messages from itunes backup

Note: This method can’t ensure a safe recovery without losing current WhatsApp messages on your iPhone likewise. Old data will overwrite the existing data in the process of restoring the deleted WhatsApp messages. So don’t forget to connect iPhone to your computer and sync the newly added data before restoring deleted WhatsApp messages.


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: Restore your iPhone by taking the steps instructed by Set Up Assistant notice.

 recover Deleted WhatsApp Messages from iCloud Backups

  • I always thought messages would be gone forever but this really worked for me.

  • RICHYRICH

    thank you I got my messages back I’m so happy

  • goth chick

    omg this was the ONLY article that REALLY helped!

  • AsianSensation

    looks like I should backup my data more frequently

  • GeekSteev

    the third method worked best for me (;

  • Pauly Boy

    all these methods are great and actually really easy!

  • Oliver

    Dear iMyfone, i have a question, I own a iPhone 6 and I uninstalled whatsapp from my iphone a few days ago. Now i want to know that if i can get my previous whatsapp messages back? Thank you.

    • Hi Oliver,

      have you made any iTunes or iCloud Backup before? If yes, you could choose “recover from iTunes Backup” or “recover from iCloud backup” mode to recover WhatsApp messages from iPhone Backup.

  • Am I able to use this for other message apps like Line and Viber?

    • Hello Jim,, right now iMyfone D-Back doesn’t support recovery from Line and Viber message apps. You can use the software for Skype, WhatsApp, Wechat, Kik message apps. I will pass along your comment to our development team. Thanks a lot for your suggestions!

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