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How to Recover Accidentally Deleted WhatsApp Chat History on Android

Recover Accidentally Deleted WhatsApp Chat History on Android

Instant messaging services such as WhatsApp has become an essential part of our day-to-day lives. We use this platform to chat and interact with number of people regularly. And we never forget to check our WhatsApp messages number of times in a day even if we are really engaged.

To keep the popularity of WhatsApp in mind, we have covered numerous tips about the app earlier such as How to Disable WhatsApp Last Seen and Profile Pic, How to use Multiple WhatsApp AccountsHow to Use WhatsApp for PC/MAC and How to Save the WhatsApp Profile Pic of Your Contacts. And now it’s time to learn how to recover accidentally deleted WhatsApp chat history on your device. Read further.

Recover Accidentally Deleted WhatsApp Chat History on Android

The most attractive part of WhatsApp which makes the top choice for people over other message services, is the simplicity of it. It works the way as it intended for; nothing less or nothing more.

This chasteness is cool, but can also be a disadvantage sometimes. You carelessly tap on ‘Delete Chat’ instead of some other option and then tap on ‘Yes’ without a second thought. Then you realized that you have accidentally deleted one of the important chat history from your phone!


The conversation is gone now without any record. So What are the chances of getting your chat history back?

Recover Accidentally Deleted WhatsApp Chat History

WhatsApp messages are stored in your phone memory and not on the centralized servers. These messages are backed up regularly and you can retrieve a copy by following some simple steps. But remember the messages that were deleted after the backup will not be restored. WhatsApp takes the backup everyday at 4 AM automatically and the conversations happened till that time can be restored easily. This backup is saved at the folder /sdcard/WhatsApp/Databases. You can get back your WhatsApp chat messages by following the below method. The method is simple to follow.

Step 1: Go to Settings -> Applications -> WhatsApp. Tap on the app and select the option “Clear Data”. Click on OK, when the warning message pop up. This will delete all the current settings and messages saved by the application. Don’t worry, we will be restoring the backup soon.

Step 2: Go back and open the WhatsApp application. You can will be able to see the configuration screen of WhatsApp. Follow the steps. Once you added the number, you will get a ‘Backup found’ message.

Step 3: Tap on ‘restore’ and the restoration process will start. Wait for sometime and you will get the completion message, tap on Continue.


Step 4: Congratulations! Your deleted messages are back now.

How to Retrieve Deleted Images and Videos

Interestingly when you remove an image or video from your WhatsApp screen, it’s not deleted from the device instead it just hide the view from the chat screen. You can easily access these files through a File manager. To do that go to your File Manager -> Open WhatsApp folder -> Media. You can see the Images, Video and Audio folders there. Open the folder depending the file you are looking for. You can also access these files by connecting your device to your Computer through a USB cable.

Final Words

Hope this simple tip helped you. If you have any further queries regarding the WhatsApp app, let us know in the comments section.

Jose Tinto is a Professional Blogger, WordPress Enthusiast and Founder of AndroMint. Add +Jose Tinto on Google+ for more Updates.

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