What Happens When You Delete WhatsApp on iPhone? [Must Read]

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Hi, my WhatsApp doesn't work smoothly after updating to iOS 12. I want to uninstall WhatsApp, but I don't know what will happen when I delete whatsapp on iPhone. I'm wondering if I uninstall WhatsApp will I lose my messages? My chats are quite important and I don't wanna lose them. Seeking for an immediate assistance please.

Hello there, we do understand your dilemma. Considering the urgency of your query we've tailored this post that specifically guides you about what happens when you delete/uninstall WhatsApp on iPhone and what you can do to protect your WhatsApp messages. Let's begin.

1. If I Uninstall WhatsApp Will I Lose My Messages?

It's natural to be in the dilemma when you're thinking about uninstalling WhatsApp. Well! The answer for this query depends on the situations. To provide more security for our WhatsApp data, WhatsApp provides the feature to backup your chats automatically on regular basis. These chats get saved in your device's memory. So, if this automatic backup feature isn't turned on in your device and you uninstalled your WhatsApp, then you will lose all your chats. If you have backed up your WhatsApp before deleting the app, the chats history can be restored after you reinstall WhatsApp.

One more thing to know is, since WhatsApp daily backup process usually occurs at 2:00 AM in night, so if you uninstall WhatsApp after that, the messages beyond that time will not be restored.

This is what happens when you delete WhatsApp on iPhone. Now that you are clear about losing messages if you uninstall WhatsApp, we would like to tell you 3 various ways through which you can backup you chats beforehand so that you'll not end up losing them in future.

Method 1. Backup the WhatsApp App Individually

The first way through which your chats can be safely backed up is iMyFone iTransor. This is the ultimate tool that works perfectly for fulfilling the backup and restoring purpose no matter you want full or selective backup/restore. It never overwrites the existing data while working and can work with all iOS models and versions including iOS 12 and iPhone XS/XS Max/XR. You have full flexibility to restore or backup your data fully or partially. With iTransor, you get Windows and Mac versions as well as the opportunity to backup/restore WhatsApp, contacts etc. separately. Here's how iTransor works.

Windows version    Mac version

Step 1: Start with launching the program and get to the main screen. Click on 'Acquire backup from Device & iCloud' located at the left panel and hit on 'Back Up Device'.


Step 2: Connect your iPhone with the PC now and let the program recognize your device. You now need to click on 'Select One or More Data Type(s)' and from there, pick out 'WhatsApp' in order to backup individually.


Step 3: Once you choose the data types, just hit on 'Back Up' tab located in right bottom corner. Hang on now and you'll be notified that the data is successfully backed up.


Method 2. Backup WhatsApp to iCloud

The second way to save your chats is using the general way i.e. iCloud. To do this, follow the steps below.

  • Open WhatsApp in your device and go to its settings.
  • Upon entering into the settings, tap on 'Chats'.
  • Now, tap on 'Chats Backup' followed by 'Back Up Now'. You chats will be saved successfully in iCloud.

backup WhatsApp to iCloud

Method 3. Email the Chats to Yourself

Here is the last way to save your messages so that when you delete WhatsApp on iPhone, you can easily find the chats on your email. Here are the steps.

  • Firstly open WhatsApp in your iPhone and pick out the chat or group that you wish to email.
  • Once you open the chat, tap on the contact/group name at the top. You will reach to the info of the contact/group.
  • When you scroll down, you'll find 'Export Chat'. Tap on it followed by choosing between 'Attach Media' and 'Without Media' as per the needs.
  • The next screen will ask you to enter your email ID. Proceed with it and tap on 'Send'. Your desired chat will be now successfully saved on your mail.

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2. How to Recover Messages When You Uninstall WhatsApp without a Backup

What if you uninstall WhatsApp and lose messages about backing up before uninstalling? Well! In case this situation happens, we'll help you out too. A very helpful tool that can be of real use in such case will be iMyFone D-Back. It's a data recovery tool that plays an important role when you have no backup and accidentally lose your data. It supports various data loss scenarios and is highly recommended among the most trustworthy tools. Even major media sites highly praise this tool. Being the most compatible tool and able to work with 20+ data types including WhatsApp messages, contacts, notes, photos, WeChat messages, etc., you're simply going to get great experience while working with it. Following is the tutorial to learn about working of this tool.

Windows version    Mac version

Step 1: When you download the program on your PC, go ahead with installing and launching it. Once launched, hit 'Recover from iOS Device' tab. Hit on 'Start' afterwards.

Recover from iOS Device Tab

Step 2: Make connection between the device and the PC via a lightening cable. When the program detects your device, make sure to click on 'Next'.

connect your device

Step 3: You'll now notice the data types on the screen. Just choose 'WhatsApp' from there and click 'Scan'.

select data types

Step 4: The program will now begin to scan the selected data eventually providing you the resultant screen here you can easily preview your WhatsApp. After when you preview your data, click on 'Recover' and choose the location where you wish to save your data. Isn't it easy?

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