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How to Get Back Deleted WhatsApp Messages, Photos, Videos?


WhatsApp is undisputedly one of the leading messaging service providers across the globe today.

The huge popularity of this messaging app can be attributed to its ability to send video clips, audio files and share pictures with all others who have downloaded this wonderful app on their cell phones without having to pay heavily for doing so, if you have an internet connection on your phone.

And that too with amazing ease!

All you need to stay in touch with your near and dear ones in any corner of the earth today is have a WhatsApp enabled phone, and an active internet connection on that phone.

Recovering Lost WhatsApp Data- Messages, Pictures, Videos

How many of you have regretted after accidentally pressing the DELETE button on your WhatsApp messages, images and / or videos in a hurry?

Well you need not regret it anymore because today we tell you how to recover all lost WhatsApp data.

Let me begin with telling you that WhatsApp creates a backup of all shared data across it once every 24 hours.

And then stores these backup files on the microSD memory card of your smartphone.

So, if you decide to recover any of the data you accidentally or deliberately deleted data, you can actually get it back.


Recover deleted WhatsApp data


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There are two ways of going about recovering this deleted data:

Restoring Recent Data (Messages, Images and Videos)

To restore lost WhatsApp data which is less than 7 days old, simply uninstall and then reinstall WhatsApp from your cell phone.

When you do so, the system will automatically fetch back all the data stored on the microSD card of your phone i.e. the messages, chats, photos and videos which are less than seven days old.

When you reinstall this app, you will be asked if you want to restore message history.

Choose [RESTORE] to recover lost data.

In case you want to recover/ retrieve/ restore older WhatsApp data (chats, pics or videos), use this tool mentioned below:


Restoring Older WhatsApp Data (Pictures, Chats, Videos)

If you want to recover chat/ text messages, pictures and videos which are more than 7 days old,  you can use RecoverMessages to get back your data.

The backup files in WhatsApp are stored under the name “msgstore-YYYY-MM-DD.1.db.crypt”.

We are mentioning here the locations where you can find the backup files for Android based phones and for iPhones:

For Android based phones: sdcard/WhatsApp/Databases/msgstore.db.crypt

For iPhones: net.WhatsApp.WhatsApp/Documents/ChatStorage.sqlite

How to recover deleted WhatsApp texts, photos, videos

After getting the access to your backup file, use Recover Messages to copy the backup data from your cell phone to your computer.

Having done that, go to the Home Page of Recover Messages and select the file you want restored by clicking on “Select File SQLite” button.

Choose the file you want to get back.

Now, they will ask you whether you accept their terms of use (like all other web applications).

Accept” their terms and conditions after going through them.

The whole backup process might take a while, depending upon the size of file and the speed of your internet connection.

Keep on clicking on the appropriate tabs till you get your lost data back.


How to Recover Lost WhatsApp Data on an iPhone?

Though RecoverMessages is a wonderful free option available for recovering lost WhatsApp messages, pictures and videos, things get even better for you if you are a proud iPhone owner.

iPhone users can avail of this fabulous software called the WhatsApp Extractor which can help them recover lost WhatsApp contacts, audio notes and location in addition to all the data mentioned above.


Though it does come for a small fee of $7.99, but that’s for lifetime usage and you do not have to upload your message database to a 3rd party website.

Here is the link to the website in case you decide to buy this wonderful data extractor: WhatsApp Extractor

Recover Messages requires users to upload the data (chats, messages, pictures and videos) to their database which implies that they keep track of all the data or the info you are recovering from your phone’s backup.

While you do get back your messages, pictures and videos, there is a definite possibility of your data being compromised later. And, God forbid, if you do have some pictures, videos or messages which you would not want the whole world to see, you are asking for serious trouble.

Another problem which our readers have pointed out is that while it is easy to recover messages and chat conversations (most of them), it is very difficult to get back the lost pictures and videos. The picture size in an iPhone usually runs into several Mb. If you have a few hundred pictures, they alone would run into several Gb.

Not only would that take unduly long (assuming that you have a reasonably fast internet connection) but you also run the risk of losing out on some wonderful memories and important pics if you use an app which has not been tested before.

I trust WhatsApp Extractor and recommend it highly because of their wonderful 24X7 email support in case you need some help with recovering your lost data.


There are some very important things you need to keep in mind while restoring/ recovering lost WhatsApp data, unless you are using WhatsApp Extractor:

  • You will lose all current chat history upon restoration of deleted data.
  • All new messages (whether received or sent) after a backup has been taken but deleted before the next backup will be lost.
  • Running a manual backup will overwrite the last automatic backup file.


Do let us know if this simple tutorial helped you recover/ restore/ get back your WhatsApp texts, images and videos back.


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About Ambika Choudhary Mahajan

Hi, I am Ambika. A hands-on, stay at home mom (by choice) to two cheeky devils. I am a freelance writer and eBook author turned blogger. Connect with me on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ to get regular updates.


  1. Awesome article, I was looking for this kind of stuff and at mymagicmix I get it what I want.

  2. Thanks for this tutorial, Ambika! I preferred method 1 to install this great app. Fortunately, I successfully installed it. I also taught my friends on how to install this app. Thanks a lot! :-D

  3. i was in search for something like this… anyway thanks dear author for these tips and i would like to ask u something is there any good alternative for whatsapp ?

  4. thanks for this article i was looking for this information mam

  5. A very informative post Ambika,
    Whats app is really one the mobile charting application out there that i like a lot. In fact, i prefer it to the popular blackberry instant messenger.

    I’ve also been looking for ways i can restore back my messages, i lost them when i changed my sim card.

    Thanks for sharing.

  6. is this applicable for NOKIA phones too???

  7. Why I am not able to get my delated messages???
    I tried both

    • Try again, Ritu and if you are unable to get through with the Method #2 please let us know about the exact problem you are facing. Might be able to help you out.

      • dear mam,
        i am getting the details. but not in detail. they are asking for licence for full detail. this is necessery to have the licence. there is not trial version?

  8. Hi Ambika,

    Really Its very informative post. in my opinion whats app application is one the best for our mobile. Actually i am using this application and Whats app is really one the mobile charting application out there. i always prefer it to the popular samsung Android messenger.

  9. Maam, my whatsapp app was working properly till late in the evening bt i dont no what happened suddenly the messages just suddenly got erased and when i used method 1, only some 47 messages where recovered but i do save my messages in the backup file provided in the app and i do check dem out when it was last stored as well..my question is why have i recovered only 47 messages when my messages do get saved everyday and if dat so called recovery files saves my messages why havent i got my 7 days messages back maam..?plz do reply maam i really do need your help in this….

  10. for iphone, the deleted whatsapp messages can’t be recovered. you can only see the existing chatsessions you have in the database. and instead of using RecoverMessages which you have to pay if you want to see more messages, use FireFox SQLite Manager add-on for free. you just need to know a little of basic sql commands.

  11. Hi how to i download or use the recovermessages tool shown above?

  12. Can I log in to my wahtsapp acct from deferent device
    like if I have an I phone connect to the Internet only but no SMS and who I can do that also can u retrieve my old msg on the I phone without SMS

  13. Thanks so much

  14. Ok I have recovered that file and was able to view some of the chat on recovermessages but i cannot view the media. Is there anyway to view the actual pictures without registering or do i have to buy the license for that?

  15. Thanks for sharing ambika, I will try to use Recover Messages Application. Definitely, I really need my pictures back, after I deleted them few days ago intuitively.
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  16. I deleted a conversation yesterday and i really need it back.
    i did method 1, but when i reinstalled it i never got a message saying to restore the old data.
    And now all my chats are gone except for the group chats i had.
    Unfortunately i dont understand a word of what to do from method 2. it seems complicated can you please help me out!

  17. Hello Ma’am by mistake i deleted my watsapp photos :( i wanna get it back. Can you please help me how to get it done..

  18. Congrates and thanks for informative post.
    Actually, I restore factory settings in my mobile after removing memory card.
    reinstalled the whatsapp, but no recovery etc was asked while re-installing the app and I lost my all data on whatsapp.
    Could you please help me out to recover the whatsapp data?
    Thanks in anticipation,

  19. Superb and informative article, your writing way is unique .. Thank you for sharing
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  20. I like your post. It is good to see you verbalize from the heart and clarity on this important subject can be easily observed.
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  21. how do i get all data i lost whatsapp?

  22. Hey, I was using whatsapp on my Samsung S2 from like 2months before, then I had to delete whatsapp and download it again on my new mobile, but it didn’t ask for restore or anything and I didn’t know I can get the old messages back, after using whatsapp now for like 2months on my new mobile you think I can follow method #2 to get all the old messages back from months ago? Thanks!

  23. hi, i used the second method to recover the whatsapp messages but it still won’t recover anything from before i accidentally deleted the whatsapp app, only recovers messages that i have deleted since re-downloading the app. is there any way to get the messages from before i deleted the entire app?

  24. What can be done in case of windows 8 phones? where does it actually store data and images. like in android i can find them in /sdcard/WhatsApp/ even after deleting them from the app. So if i wish to delete any data permanently, i can get done from there in android. But what about windows phones? Any clue?? All I wish is to delete them permanently.

  25. i am using nokia x6,but i am not able to get the back up from here.when i m trying the msg which i am getting is “Invalid File Extension”. Pls help me how i will able to recover my old chat history

  26. Accidentally deleted important photos and contacts from your iPhone 5? Erased all data by restoring iPhone 5 to factory settings? Don’t worry. With Dr.Fone (iPhone 5), you can easily get back your lost files.

    Dr.Fone for iPhone 5 is designed to recover contacts, messages, notes, safari bookmarks and more from your iPhone 5 directly even without backup. Besides, if you have backed up iPhone 5 with iTunes before data loss, it will also help you extract the lost from iTunes backup file of your iPhone 5.

  27. Hi, My neice accidentaly have deleted the messages on whatsapp however I have never taken the backup. I neither have the memory card, can I still recover my data ??

    Please help I need it very badly

  28. Hi dear
    Can you help me solving a problem. Can I use my grand galaxy mobile whatapps sycn on my pc. In fact I want that I receive msg simoultenously both on my pc as well mobile. For example if i get Whatapps msg on my mobile the same will appear on my pc as and when I connect to pc.

    with warm regards

  29. I tried for the both methods, but the resource was not found for second method and cannot restore back my picture.

  30. i want to restore my messeges of last 3-4 months but they are not in the data base history also… they are only if this month as i had deleted the app. now i have reinstalled the app but the backup fipes are not there…please tell me some way to restore them..

  31. Hi, I have a LG E 400. Does it support Email conversation feature. Because when i try the feature, I dont recieve any attachment on my email address. Kindly Advice.

  32. Urgent please please help. I accidentally deleted whatsapp data, when I reinstalled there was no messages restored but only the groups – and then I accidentally pressed “manual backup”, which means it would override the most recent automatic backup. BUT I should still have yesterday’s automatic backup file, right? However, I CANNOT find any files named like “msgstore-YYYY-MM-DD.1.db.crypt”, but only one “msgstore.db.crypt”.

    Where can I get back yesterday’s file, saved as “msgstore-YYYY-MM-DD.1.db.crypt”??

  33. Mam I deleted my messages one month ago and want to recover it. Is it possible?

  34. hello mam..!!! I have a doubt is it possible to recover the deleted messages from whatsapp in Windows phone .??!!! because it doesn’t creates any whatsapp folder in mobile..!!! plz do rply

  35. Hi, I’ve been told that its possible to use whatsapp on pc. just wondering if this is true? if it is how do you do it

  36. Nice article, Ambika.
    I’ve restored my valuable deleted photos from Whatsapp by reading this tutorial.
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  37. Hi Ambika,
    I have to restore the back up of 22nd-Oct messages and today is 10th – Nov. When I check in sdcard/WhatsApp/Databases/ this particular location I am finding only msgstore.db.crypt and the last 7 days back up files. i,e from 3rd-Nov to 10th-Nov. You said we can get back the messages which are older than 7 days using method 2. Can you please let me know which file I need to select, to get back the chat history of 19 days old now.

  38. I have upload all the files. I was trying to recover some pictures but when I click on the Recovered Media Tab, it shows list of media. When I click on the media, nothing appear. How do I download it back.

  39. I have formatted my memory card(SD).Now can i restore my chat history?

  40. I was looking for this kind of post from last week… You have done a marvelous job… Keep posting such amazing content for us..
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  41. I used the all method to recover the whatsapp messages but it still won’t recover anything from before i accidentally deleted. I have BlackBerry curve. Thank you

  42. Many times this thing happened with me, Important messages or other files are deleted by mistake and it was very impossible to recover them. But this article is very helpful for every one to recover they useful files and folders easily. thanks for the share.
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  43. I was believing that its impossible to get back deleted whatsapp messages after reading your article i feeling wonderful ahh i can restore my important message and photos that has been deleted.. Thank you very much for this awesome post.
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  44. wow awesome tips madam.. especially I liked restore trick. It happens sometimes we delete best pictures. It is really helpful.
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  45. This article would be very useful as many of us are using Whatsapp and unwantedly sometimes messages or photos are deleted.
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  46. Thanks for the sharing, it is very useful information.
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  47. So how do I recover the deleted photo’s? I see the thumbnails on recovermessages.com but how do I get them back onto my phone (Samsung Galaxy 1).
    I bought a license so I see the approximately 160 pictures but I cant figure out how to get the actual size pictures back…please help!


  48. I must admit that this is the best whatsapp post i have read on how to recover our lost files, i remember going through this problem last few months… this post would have made it all simple.
    Thank you for taking the time to share it.
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  49. I have uninstall whatsApp, and of course lose all messages and images, and after few weeks I again intalled whatsapp. Can i save my lost messages and images?
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  50. How to get to net.WhatsApp.WhatsApp/Documents/ChatStorage.sqlite ?

    I am unable to find it? This is the trick I think is helpful so really looking forward to understanding it.
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  51. Hii how can i install my chats on whatsapp android i m not getting any restore point but i have the chat files

  52. Useful and well explained tutorial on recovering delete whatsApp messages. Thanks a lot Ambika for sharing this tutorial.
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