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 the most popular social network apps, allows us to chat with our family members, friends or colleagues at any time. However, 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 from iPhone to sort this out. These methods are useful, even you are using iPhone X or iPhone 8 running iOS 12/13.

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 you to back up your chat history and media to iCloud by setting up 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 completed.

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2. Recover Deleted WhatsApp Messages without Backup (iOS 12/13 Supported)

If you don't back up 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 data recovery software. iMyFone D-Back iPhone data recovery or iMyFone D-Back iPhone data recovery for Mac is a powerful data recovery tool to get deleted WhatsApp messages back effortlessly. Recognized by Cult of Mac, and Payetteforward, the program has served more than 2 millions of users in 200+ countries worldwide. Check more features of this tool:


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

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The following instruction shows how to recover deleted WhatsApp messages from iPad, iPhone X/8(Plus)/7/SE/6s(Plus)/6(Plus)/5s/5c/5/4s/4 and iPod touch with iMyFone D-Back within just three steps. Please note that the program works even for the device running iOS 12/13.

Step 1: Download and Install iMyFone D-Back on Your Computer

Before start, download and install the iPhone data recovery tool on your computer. Don't you worry, the download is completely safe.

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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 "Lost or deleted by accident".

select how you lost data

Step 3 Connect Your Device

If you choose to recover from the iOS device, you may need to connect your iPhone to the computer and the software will scan your device before recovery. Once it is recognized, you can click "Next" to proceed.

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 need to login your iCloud account before start. The program will not save your login information.

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Step 4 Select the Lost File Type and Scan Lost WhatsApp Messages

Then you will be asked to choose the data types that you want to recover from the file list. Here you need to choose "WhatsApp". If you need, you can choose more types to recover more data. Click "Next" and then the program will start scanning your iPhone.

select whatsapp from smart recovery

Step 5: Preview and Recover Deleted WhatsApp Messages

When scanning finishes, you can preview the data to find the exact WhatsApp messages you need. Then select the messages and click Recover. After choosing a storage path, lost WhatsApp messages are recovered to the appointed file.

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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 it works for different iOS versions even the latest iOS 12/13. With the Free Trial version of D-Back, you can test drive the program, see if your messages can be recovered. Give it 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 and connect your iPhone.

2. Click on iPhone icon and select Restore Backup... 

3. Select the backup file contains the WhatsApp messages you want, and click the button Restore.

restore whatsapp messages from itunes 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.

 recover Deleted WhatsApp Messages from iCloud Backups

The last 2 methods will lead to the loss of the new data that you are yet to back up. If you don't want to lose the other data on your device, you can use iTransor (iOS 12/13 supported) to restore only WhatsApp Messages from iTunes or iCloud backup without affecting any other data on your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch.
  • I always thought messages would be gone forever but this really worked for me.


    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!