How to restore chats on Android

From a Google Drive backup

It will be possible to fully restore deleted chats in WhatsApp from Google Drive only if you first activate the backup function. To do this, in the application settings, you need to go along the path «Chats» → «Backup of chats», and then set the frequency of creating a backup: daily, weekly or monthly.

The backup will only be stored on the Google account that originally started the backup. To restore correspondence, you need to use the same phone number to which your account in the messenger is registered.

  1. Install or reinstall WhatsApp. Open the app and verify your phone number.
  2. Confirm the request to restore chats and media files from the copy on Google Drive.
  3. When the process completes, click the «Next» button.
  4. If there were media files in the backup, the application will continue to restore them in the background after the chats are returned.

From a local backup

Your device stores local backup files from the last week. To recover deleted messages, you need to transfer these entries to the folder with the WhatsApp chat database using a file manager.

  1. Launch the file manager on your smartphone.
  2. The files you need are located in local storage or on an SD card. To find them, follow the path Android → media → com.whatsapp → WhatsApp. This folder contains three directories: Backups, Databases, and Media. Migrate content from Backups to Databases.
  3. Reinstall and open WhatsApp. Verify your phone number.
  4. The application will offer to restore chats and media files from a local backup if it does not find copies on Google Drive. Click Restore.

With a dedicated application

There are a large number of WhatsApp data recovery tools. For example, Tenorshare UltData, Wondershare MobileTrans, iMyFone D-Back and similar programs. They should pull up deleted chats and other information both from the smartphone’s memory and from backups.

Almost all applications require you to pay a subscription to activate the WhatsApp data recovery feature. At the same time, they do not have extraordinary algorithms for rolling back deleted files. For example, the mobile version of the UltData for Android application uses the same reserves as the messenger itself. Therefore, it is not worth placing high hopes on such programs. But you can use one of these PC utilities if other methods have not worked.

In most cases, the sequence of actions is very similar:

  1. Connect your smartphone to your computer with a cable and open the recovery program.
  2. On the home screen, select «Recover WhatsApp Data» or a similar option.
  3. Put your device into USB debugging mode. The application will display the appropriate instructions.
  4. After connecting your smartphone, proceed to the next step by clicking the «Next» or «Start» button. Most often, at this point, a window appears with a description of paid features and a call to purchase. Pay for a subscription or one-time cost.
  5. Further, the program may offer to make a copy of the data just in case.
  6. The application will search and after a few minutes will display a list of found chats. Check all the ones you need and click «Restore».
  7. Choose a location to save data on your device.

How to restore chats on iOS

From an iCloud backup

You can use auto-save to iCloud to back up and restore your chat history. As in the case of Android, you must first activate the backup in the WhatsApp settings.

You can only start recovery with the same Apple ID that you use with iCloud. At the same time, the amount of free space in the cloud and in the memory of your device must be at least twice the size of the backup.

  1. Make sure you have backed up your chats in iCloud. To do this, follow the path WhatsApp → «Settings» → «Chats» → «Backup». The date and time of the last save should be entered here.
  2. Uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp.
  3. After verifying your phone number, follow the on-screen instructions to restore your chat history.

Using third party software

For iOS, there are versions of the same programs as for Android. All of them require payment, but they do not give guarantees for the full restoration of correspondence. Rather, it’s just a more convenient way to selectively search for backups in local storage or the cloud than the full processing of all chats saved in iCloud.

If you decide to use this method, the procedure will be almost the same as in the case of Android.

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