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.
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.
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.
2. Recover Deleted WhatsApp Messages without Backup (iOS 12 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:
- It recovers text messages, audio messages, photos and videos in WhatsApp conversations.
- Besides WhatsApp data, it supports other 20+ types of data. You can retrieve deleted Viber messages, recover deleted photos, text messages, and notes on iPhone.
- It allows users to preview WhatsApp messages before recovery so that they can selectively recover the data they need.
- Supports to extract WhatsApp from iPhone or backups without overwriting the current data on iPhone.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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. 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!
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.
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.