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How to Restore Accidentally Deleted WhatsApp Chats

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How to restore accidentally deleted WhatsApp chats, it's easy! 
Can be done even if you never had a backup.

Fingers "slip" when playing with a cellphone is indeed a common thing that we experience everyday. But this becomes a big problem when an important chat on WhatsApp (WA) is deleted because of it.

There are several reasons why WhatsApp chat can be deleted. First, you accidentally hit "Clear all chats" or "Delete for me". It could also be because your cellphone is damaged, accidentally reset, or when changing to a new smartphone. 

But no need to worry, there are several ways you can do to restore deleted chats. Come on, see the following method!

1. You need a backup file to restore deleted chats

The easiest way to restore deleted WhatsApp chats is to use a backup file. The application provides several backup options, namely every day, every week, every month and not at all. 

The backup location also varies. But usually, for Android phones, WhatsApp deposits files to Google Drive. While for iPhone, you can backup to iCloud. Well, now take a look at your backup settings. Go to Settings > Chats > Chat backup. 

If you deleted chats, enter the last backup period, that means you can restore them easily. But if it's not included or you don't backup at all, take it easy, there are other alternatives in the fourth point. Stay tuned!

2. Restoring chats via Google Drive

This method can be applied if you are an Android cellphone user. Please note, you must have had made a previous backup. 

Follow the steps below:
  1. Uninstall WhatsApp from the device you are using;
  2. Re-download via Google Play Store;
  3. Log in as usual and verify your phone number;
  4. After that, you will get a notification to "Restore" via Google Drive. Ask the command and click Next;
  5. WhatsApp will restore all chats in the backup file, including those that have been deleted by you. 

3. Restoring chats via iCloud

If the previous method applies to Android cellphone users, the following method is intended for those of you who use an iPhone or other iOS device. It's not much different, follow the deleted chat recovery steps below:
  1. You have to uninstall WhatsApp first;
  2. Reinstall, open, and log in as usual;
  3. When prompted for "Restore" chats, click Next ;
  4. WhatsApp will retrieve the backup files stored in iCloud;
  5. Wait for a moment. After that, all the chats will return to normal according to the one in the backup file.

4. If you never did a backup, there are other ways to recover deleted chats

So, have you never made a backup or deleted chats that weren't in the file? If so, take it easy, there is a last way that can be your hope for returning WhatsApp chat. 

WhatsApp by default always makes copies of chats in the local storage of our cellphones. The file was created every day at 02.00 and was only stored for a week. So, you have seven days to return it. 

For information, this method cannot be done on the iPhone. To try it, consider the following steps:
  1. Go to the File Manager on the cellphone, then go to WhatsApp > Database folder ;
  2. Select the folder "msgstore.db.crypt12", change the name to "msgstore_BACKUP.db.crypt12". This folder contains the last backup made by WhatsApp;
  3. In that folder there are many backup files with the name "msgstore- (year) - (month) - (date) .1.db.crypt12". Choose the most recent one and rename it to "msgstore.db.crypt12";
  4. Open Google Drive and delete the WhatsApp backup file stored there. That way, the app is forced to restore backups on local storage;
  5. Uninstall WhatsApp and install it again. When the prompt appears for "Restore" or "Restore" chat, the application will retrieve files from your cellphone;
  6. Click Next or Restore, and deleted chats will come back again. 

5. Backup is important, don't be lazy to do it!

That's an easy way to restore accidentally deleted WhatsApp chats. From this explanation, you can learn that backups are very important, especially in times of emergency like this.

We recommend that you back up at least once a week. That way, the problems above can be handled easily and quickly, no need to go through complicated methods like in the fourth point.

If you have any other problem concerning WhatsApp please visit The Complete Bible of WhatsApp tips and tricks.

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