Learn how to activate WhatsApp automatic backup and see how to recover deleted messages in the iOS and Android app
How to recover deleted WhatsApp messages? This is a question that has already been asked by thousands of people around the world. THE Whatsapp It is the most used messaging application in Brazil and, therefore, many people do not stay without accessing it for a long time. To preserve conversations with special people and important data sent by the messenger, the app makes it possible to carry out the backup automatic, which can be local or by cloud.
THE backup local it only occurs on Android smartphones and is performed automatically every day at 2 am, saving the information in the smartphone's own memory. The cloud backup, in turn, performed on both Android devices and the iPhone, and saves information on different platforms for each system: while Android uses Google Drive to save conversations, iOS uses iCloud.
On both systems, however, cloud backup is usually disabled by default, and you need to enable it manually. In the tutorial you will see below, we teach you how to enable cloud backup, both on iOS and Android, as well as all possible ways to recover your messages on each of the systems:
Enabling cloud backup on Android
Step 1. With WhatsApp open, access the settings:
Step 2. Tap on the “Conversations” option:
Step 3. Touch “Conversation Backup”:
Step 4. The application will show the time when you made the last local backup and, below, show the backup options in the cloud. Choose whether you want to back up daily, weekly or monthly and enter your Google account (the same registered on the cell phone):
Step 5. Right below it is also possible to define whether you want to backup only via Wi-Fi or also using mobile data, in addition to being able to choose whether or not to back up videos present in your conversations.
Step 6. With everything set up, tap “Do backup“. From now on, your device will back up your conversations whenever you do the local backup, that is, every day, at 2 am. The conversations will be saved in the Google Drive of the account you entered when you activated the backup.
Restoring deleted messages (Android)
Due to Android have two different backup methods, the ways of recovering deleted messages are also more varied. If the message was deleted the day before, for example, it is likely that it will still be saved in the last local backup unless, of course, the message was received after that backup was performed.
Fortunately, recovering the latest WhatsApp backup is very simple on Android smartphones. To do so, simply uninstall and install the application again: after entering your number and confirming the verification code received by SMS, WhatsApp itself will detect the presence of a local backup in the memory and then ask you if you want to restore it or start from scratch.
However, in addition to the most recent backup, WhatsApp for Android also keeps the last seven local backups saved, which can help if you want to restore a message that was deleted a long time ago. Considering that it is necessary to restore a previous backup deleted from the message to get it back, it is enough that this backup is still among those that WhatsApp keeps in memory. In the following walkthrough, see how to access them:
Step 1. Access your smartphone's file manager. If your device does not have one, you can find free options on Google Play Store, such as EX File Manager:
Step 2. Once in the file manager, go to the bottom of the list for the WhatsApp folder:
Step 3. In the WhatsApp folder, open the “Databases” folder:
Step 4. Each of the listed files backed up a day of your WhatsApp conversations. To know the date on which the backup was made, just look at the file name, which shows (in order) the year, month and exact day on which it was performed:
Step 5. To restore the desired message, locate a backup that was previously deleted from the message, and then tap the options to rename it:
Step 6. Rename the backup file to msgstore.db.crypt, remembering not to delete or change the number right after the term "Crypt“. If you change or delete this number in the file name, WhatsApp will not be able to recognize it as a valid backup:
Step 7. The renamed file will overwrite the most recent backup, causing WhatsApp to restore it if you uninstall and reinstall the application:
Step 8. After uninstalling and installing WhatsApp again, open the application. In the configuration screen, enter your number, the verification code informed via SMS and confirm your desire to restore the last local backup found:
Step 9. WhatsApp will restore the backup you renamed, recovering conversations, messages and media as they were on the day that backup was performed. Hopefully, the message you want to recover will be intact again, but messages that arrived after the restored backup will no longer be available.
Enabling cloud backup on iPhone (iOS)
Because it only supports cloud backup, the iOS does not save WhatsApp messages to iPhone memory, meaning that if you uninstall and reinstall the app, you can only recover your messages if you have enabled automatic backup via iCloud. To learn how to do this, see the step by step below:
Step 1. With WhatsApp open, access Settings;
Step 2. Proceed to “Conversations”;
Step 3. Then tap on “Conversation Backup”;
Step 4. The system will inform you when the last backup was made. Right below, tap on the option “Automatic backup” and define if your messages should be saved daily, weekly or monthly;
With automatic backup now enabled, your messages will be safe in your iCloud account and can be recovered whenever you want. To do this, simply uninstall and install WhatsApp again. After entering your number and verification code to access the application, WhatsApp itself will detect the existing backup in your iCloud account and ask if you want to restore it.
However, due to the fact that WhatsApp for iOS only supports backup via iCloud, recovering deleted messages is a little more difficult on the iPhone. Theoretically, you would only need to recover a previous backup deleted from the message, however, as the backup in iCloud is done automatically and overwrites the previous backup, most likely, when trying to recover a deleted message longer, the backup in which the message was saved has been overwritten by a more recent one.
Therefore, in the case of iOS, the method described above is useful for recently deleted messages, that is, those that are still saved in the last backup performed.