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If you've accidentally deleted or lost one or more WhatsApp chats on your Android phone, there's no need to worry- it’s relatively easy to restore your chat history!

WhatsApp automatically makes daily backups of your data and stores them on your Android phone. You can recover the most recent backup by uninstalling and reinstalling Whatsapp, and then following these simple steps.

1) Uninstall WhatsApp

Uninstall WhatsApp from your Android phone. The easiest way to do this is by searching for WhatsApp in the Google Play Store on your mobile device and clicking the Uninstall button. Once it’s been uninstalled, click on the blue Install button to reinstall WhatsApp.

2) Restore your history

Once WhatsApp has been reinstalled on your Android device, a message will appear asking if you want to restore your message history from backup. Tap 'Restore' and wait patiently while your messages are recovered.

3) Restore from older backups

It's possible that the chat you were hoping to restore still isn't there. If this is the case, you can try restoring chats from an older WhatsApp backup. Backups are kept for seven days on your memory card, so there is still a possibility to get the chat back.

First, you have to find and rename the backup file. Install a file manager app such as ASTRO File Manager or AndroZip File Manager and find the WhatsApp backup folder. It should be saved here: /sdcard/WhatsApp/Database.

4) Rename the backup file

Find the backup file by searching the last day you had the chat saved, as long as it's within the past seven days. Rename the file, from “msgstore-YYYY-MM-DD.1.db.crypt” to “msgstore.db.crypt”, using your file management app.

5) Reinstall Whatsapp

Once you've renamed the backup file, go back to step one and uninstall and then reinstall WhatsApp. When it comes to step two, WhatsApp will restore your chat history based on the backup file you've specified. And voilà, your WhatsApp chat should be restored!

Because WhatsApp Messenger's backup feature doesn't archive your entire chat history, this is a good workaround to keep backups of all your chats.

If you need more useful WhatsApp or Android tips, check out our Android landing page for everything you need to know about Communication, Games, Social and Utilities.

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[Original article published on December 13, 2012]

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  • Akinyemi Olusegun |
    18/12/12
    Akinyemi Olusegun

    Be good n responsive wherever u find yourselves

  • Matthewi64 |
    26/01/13
    Matthewi64

    You can also use this web site: Recover Messages

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    Cheers!

  • Doom |
    31/01/13
    Doom

    Is that only for android users or it works on the I phone? Could any one please explain.

  • lotus |
    15/02/13
    lotus

    Hi James if your from dallas we are old friends- i want to retrieve the whatsap messengers before this phone number was given back to me by my husband. i need at the messages from Feb 1 until now feb 15th. how might i go about doing that ?

  • sonja blackman |
    16/02/13
    sonja blackman

    Whatsapp messenger chat and friends .samsung galaxy 2 tablets .com

  • iqbal |
    21/02/13
    iqbal

    i had to restore factory settings in ma phone so i lost d chats.is this method going to work for retrieval of my lost msgs.

  • Plee |
    26/02/13
    Plee

    Does this work for the iPhone as well?

  • Fe |
    26/02/13
    Fe

    Does anyone know how to retrieve deleted What's app messages on the iPhone??

  • boby |
    01/04/13
    boby

    thank you ... finally i get my old messages back :)

  • G T |
    08/04/13
    G T

    how can I recover messages deleted two months ago from andriod?

  • Phil |
    14/04/13
    Phil

    Hi guys. Am in a really desperate situation. I need to recover my whatsapp messages from 01st Jan 2013 to 14april 2013...I really need those messages. Can you help me PLEASE?

  • Stanley |
    17/04/13
    Stanley

    I deleted my whatsapp by mistake how can i recover my whatsapp with my messages please help me

  • RS |
    28/04/13
    RS

    Hi, My friend had emailed me a conversation and when i received it it was in a txt file format. Is there a way where i can open the conversation in Whatsapp ? Since the text file does not contain the graphics(smileys). Is there any way ?

  • fasloon |
    14/05/13
    fasloon

    THANK you so much I am not experience in any of theses modern technology but your step by step instructions was amazing it made me feel so proud of my achievements I always had to run back to get a technician to install what ever I deleted by mistake, your step by step instructions has given me down to earth step by step guidance because of that I am so very proud of myself and absolutely grateful I here by thank you so very much

  • bhat |
    28/05/13
    bhat

    need to get back pics which i deleted in watapp before 1 month will it be possible to take those pics which are most important to me

  • Ruth Alexis Mwangi |
    31/05/13
    Ruth Alexis Mwangi

    Hey @Sidney, if your laptop runs on windows then you could get an android emulator like Bluestacks and run it there. The mobile version even allows phone-computer sync. Please note that you can't use the same # as your phone since whatsapp doesn't support multiple/simultaneous logins for a single number. Dont know if there's a Mac version yet. Hope that helps.

  • Moe |
    01/06/13
    Moe

    Can anyone advise and confirm if you can retrieve deleted What's App messages from the iPhone 5. I have deleted my messages and need them back ASAP!!!

  • rashi |
    19/06/13
    rashi

    Hi ..my friend has just mailed my conversation with some one else ...he just know my email id and pass word ..how could a person get that information without checking my phone ..i have not emailed ny conversation..is there any ways to hack the wassap.i wanna knw

  • pony |
    20/06/13
    pony

    Please advise if it works for two months old data..

  • Pup |
    21/06/13
    Pup

    Does it work for iphone aswell?

  • RAHUL SAVALIYA |
    22/06/13
    RAHUL SAVALIYA

    I WANT TO FETCH DATA OF 18-6-13 TO 22-6-2013 AND I ALREADY TRY RE INSTALL WHATSAPP AND ATLAST CLICK ON RESTORE BUT THROUGH THIS PROCESS I DIDNT GET MY ALL DATA BACK ANYBODY HAVE ANY NEW TRICK TO FETCH DATA BEFORE 5 DAYS.

  • bobbyfantastic |
    24/06/13
    bobbyfantastic

    Worked like a charm! Thanks!

  • Nora |
    26/06/13
    Nora

    Hi I just to know if I can know all the email that I send the Conversation to

  • Mohamed |
    27/06/13
    Mohamed

    can I send 50000 message at the same time Please give me the answer of this question because I want to know the reply and how can I DO THAT ?????

  • nompilo |
    27/06/13
    nompilo

    i want to get my whatapp back i accidently delet it

  • garry |
    28/06/13
    garry

    i want my watts app message back since 1 & half months i accedentaly delete them now i want back is it possible?

  • mantsha |
    30/06/13
    mantsha

    I lost my phone like 4 months back so I was wondering if is it possible to get my old whatsapp messages?

  • RoyG |
    18/07/13
    RoyG

    Can someone update if he was able to recover more than 7 days files? any recover tool for that?

  • alice |
    24/07/13
    alice

    i reinstall my whatsapp in my iphone 4s then i never do any backup,how can i recover beck my chat history? it is very important to me.

  • idris |
    26/07/13
    idris

    hi am sorry i mistakelly delete my whatsapp chat massager from my phone. Please help to get it back pls

  • nowbrokenhearted |
    31/07/13
    nowbrokenhearted

    If the backup is over 7 days old, whatsapp won't look for a backup,BUT I tried this very simple workaround...I uninstalled whatsapp then changed the date of my phone manually back to within 7 days of the last backup/ reinstalled whatsapp.... then it found the old backup upon setup and asked if I wanted to restore! sorted, you need a file manager first to look at the date on the last backup but then all you have to do is the above I've mentioned.

  • adeyanju ayomide David |
    08/08/13
    adeyanju ayomide David

    Thanx so much

  • Sameer.. |
    09/08/13
    Sameer..

    Nice tip....

  • tarika |
    13/09/13
    tarika

    does it work for samsung 2 and i want to try this for nokia phone as well

  • shilpa |
    21/09/13
    shilpa

    can you not restore whatsapp chats once you reinstall and then uninstall again? it got stuck and i had to uninstall it ! and now i'm unable to restore old chats! :(

  • Rizwan Raja |
    22/09/13
    Rizwan Raja

    THANK you so much I am not experience in any of theses modern technology but your step by step instructions was amazing it made me feel so proud of my achievements I always had to run back to get a technician to install what ever I deleted by mistake, your step by step instructions has given me down to earth step by step guidance because of that I am so very proud of myself and absolutely grateful I here by thank you so very much

  • amol.palekar.79 |
    11/11/13
    amol.palekar.79

    sms backup+ app for android backs up whatsapp chat , image, videos to your gmail. Only for android.

  • salma.kherallah |
    15/11/13
    salma.kherallah

    Nice tip.

  • chitti18 |
    18/11/13
    chitti18

    hi..i have done restore factory settings....can i still restore my watsapp msgs with the new phone number

  • Sohni.where.is.my.mahiwal |
    06/12/13
    Sohni.where.is.my.mahiwal

    hi, right now i am using Nokia n8 please help me i deleted accidentely my WhatsApp chat and unfortunetly i don't have any back of my chat. please help me............

  • blesson.mathew.37 |
    28/03/14
    blesson.mathew.37

    Need help I was using whatsapp on laptop through Bluestacks and now i got it deleted somehow and want to retrieve it. Can i have the messages back?

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