How To Recover Deleted WhatsApp Chat History on Android

July 2017

If you want to retrieve messages that you have mistakenly or voluntarily deleted, WhatsApp keeps a copy of your messages in the WhatsApp / Databases folder on your Android device daily (at 4 a.m.). The procedure to recover them will depend on their age, however, you will not be able to recover messages older than 7 days, the maximum time that WhatsApp keeps the backup copies.

How to Retrieve Deleted WhatsApp Messages from Android Phone or Tablet

The procedure for retrieving recent messages is simple: just uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp on your mobile. During the installation, you will be asked if you want to restore your message history, choose Restore:



After you have restored the messages, deleted messages will appear in the Chats window. If some messages do not appear, they may be in an older backup.

Note: Before uninstalling WhatsApp, we recommend that you back up your conversations.

How To Restore and Get Back Older WhatsApp Messages on Android

Before you start restoring your older messages, keep in mind that your last conversations will be erased during the process; You will only be able to recover, if possible, messages from the backups of the last 7 days. In addition, your cell number, registered in WhatsApp, must be the same you had when the backup was made.


To start the restoring process, copy the contents of the WhatsApp / Database folder, located in the internal or external memory of your device, to a folder on your PC. Then uninstall WhatsApp. Open the folder where you copied the files (on your PC) and delete the file msgstore.db.crypt7 or msgstore.db.crypt8. Once you have done this, choose the backup you want to restore and rename it: msgstore-Year-Month-Day.1.db.crypt7 to msgstore.db.crypt7 or msgstore-Year-Month-Day.1.db.crypt8 to msgstore.db.crypt8.

Reinstall WhatsApp on your device, but do not open it. Connect your device to the PC using the USB cable. Copy the file you renamed on your PC to the WhatsApp / Database folder on your device (if the folder is empty, you simply paste it, if a file with the same name exists, you will replace it). Now, open WhatsApp and choose Restore when the message restoration window appears:



When you see the number of messages retrieved, click Continue:

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Published by MelissaCCM. Latest update on February 19, 2017 at 03:56 PM by MelissaCCM.
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