How to recover deleted whatsapp messages

How to recover deleted WhatsApp messages

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Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but WhatsApp is where she stores her friendly chats. Gender matters aside, messengers are an important part of our lives, and no one wants to part from their message history. Life is unpredictable though, and if you are here it means that you are looking for how to restore WhatsApp messages to iPhone.

To recover deleted WhatsApp messages, you do need a backup from iTunes or iCloud. If you don’t know how to search for backups, let us help.

Or, find a way to restore WhatsApp chats after deletion below:


Recover deleted WhatsApp messages iPhone

If you’ve found an iTunes backup on your PC, you’re in luck: you can now restore it to another iPhone.

❗ Can I get back deleted messages on WhatsApp without restoring the rest of the data? – YES, you can, using CopyTrans Shelbee.

With CopyTrans Shelbee you can:

⚡ restore data from an iTunes backup;
⚡ restore selected data (only WhatsApp messages or photos, etc.);
⚡ restore from an encrypted backup.
⚡ restore apps to any iOS device with ease even if they have been removed from the App Store after ***;
⚡ back up your iPhone;

***provided you made a backup with CopyTrans Shelbee v2.1 and above before they were removed from the App Store.

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Here is how to restore WhatsApp chat:

  1. Open CopyTrans Shelbee and connect your iPhone. Click on Custom restore.

    ➕ You can select Full Restore if you want to restore all of your data, not just Photos. In this case, skip Step 5 later.

    Custom restore in CopyTrans Shelbee

  2. Click on the green pencil icon to select which backup you want to restore your data from. Select a backup to restore from

  3. After you’ve chosen the right backup file, click Next. Recover deleted WhatsApp messages iPhone

  4. Wait until the loading process finishes. Recover deleted messages loading in progress

  5. The next screen shows all types of data available for restore. Select WhatsApp, then click Next.

    ➕ You can select more components if you want to, so don’t be shy!

    WhatsApp restore in CopyTrans Shelbee

  6. Please note that the data you selected will be overwritten. So, if you want to restore contacts, the device contacts will be replaced with the ones from the backup.
    Confirmation screen in CopyTrans Shelbee
    Click Next.

  7. CopyTrans Shelbee will ask you to choose where you want to save the backup of your device in case something goes wrong during Custom restore. Select the destination and click Start.
    Save destination device backup in CopyTrans Shelbee

  8. Wait until the restore process finishes. Whatsapp custom restore in progress

  9. That’s it! Your device will now restart. how to restore whatsapp backup

Please note that you can back up your iPhone with CopyTrans Shelbee.

Advantages of CopyTrans Shelbee backup:

✔️ Can do full or incremental backup;
✔️ Allows to choose the folder to save backup;
✔️ Validates backup made;
✔️ Compatible with iTunes backup;
✔️ Supports encrypted iPhone backup;
✔️ Can restore full iPhone backup or just some selected data.

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How to backup contacts on iPhone


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How to restore WhatsApp messages on PC automatically

If you are not sure whether you made any backups at all or don’t remember what services you used and where you put the files – please follow our lead. We have a program named CopyTrans Backup Extractor.

CopyTrans Backup Extractor can:

✔️ Find iPhone backups made with iTunes OR iCloud;
✔️ Recover deleted WhatsApp messages to PC in a readable format;
✔️ Save attachments from a conversation.

CopyTrans Backup extractor can also help if your backup is corrupt and cannot be read by iTunes. For other actions to take if your iPhone backup is corrupt, please see our guide.

So, here is how to perform WhatsApp restore to PC:

  1. To get started with CopyTrans Backup Extractor, download it on your PC:

    Download CopyTrans Backup Extractor

    For installation instructions, follow the installation guide.

  2. Run the program and log in to iCloud if you want to find more backups. Once ready, click Find Backups.
    Find iPhone backups with CopyTrans Backup Extractor
  3. Wait for the backup hunt to be complete. You will see a list of all available backups: choose the one that contains your WhatsApp messages.

    If you are restoring from iTunes backup, you may be asked for a backup password. What password?

    ☁️ iCloud backups will be marked with a cloud icon and they are never password-protected.

    Enter the iPhone backup password in CopyTrans Backup Extractor

  4. Select WhatsApp messages from the list of components, then click Next and select the folder. Your message will be extracted there in pdf extension.

  5. How to restore WhatsApp messages from iPhone

  6. Wait while all your messages are being unloaded to your PC.

    Extracting iPhone messages to PC with CopyTrans Backup Extractor

  7. Done! Your messages are waiting in the chosen folder on your PC.


How to see deleted WhatsApp messages in a folder

Once your WhatsApp messages were extracted to computer, you will see a success screen.

  1. Here, choose Go to folder to open the directory with the restored messages.

    See recovered WhatsApp messages in a folder

  2. You will see a folder with .PDF documents in it. Double-click on the file to view the contents of the chat.

    ➕ Attachments from the conversation will be saved in a folder under the same name.

    How to recover deleted messages iPhone result

    Here is how to view deleted WhatsApp messages in a folder.


Recover WhatsApp deleted messages

Summary table

These are the basic ways that you can restore deleted or lost WhatsApp messages if you have an iPhone. Use the first way if you are not sure when you last made your backup or whether you have it at all. Use iTunes or iCloud methods if you are used to backing up regularly and are sure of when you made the backup.

Functions 💻 iTunes

👾 CopyTrans Backup Extractor ☁️iCloud
Find iTunes backups on your PC
Find your iCloud backups
Recover deleted WhatsApp messages to PC
Save chat attachments to a PC folder
Restore WhatsApp messages to your iPhone Possible with
CopyTrans Shelbee
Recover iPhone data without overwriting settings, calendars, notes, etc.
Read corrupt iPhone backups


Restore WhatsApp chat

with iTunes

If you backup your iPhone regularly using iTunes, then you have an option to restore from iTunes.

⚠️ Please be warned: restoring iPhone with iTunes will rewrite all the data on your device. If you just want your messages as a text file on your computer, better use CopyTrans Backup Extractor. ⚠️

Otherwise, here is how to restore deleted WhatsApp chat through full iTunes restore:

  1. Launch iTunes on your computer.
  2. Connect your iPhone to your PC and wait for iTunes to recognize the device.
  3. In the top-left corner of the app, choose File → Devices → Restore from Backup.

    to recover deleted WhatsApp messages using iTunes

  4. You will see a menu, containing all the backups available with date. Choose the backup you need and press Restore.

    Choose messages for WhatsApp recovery with iTunes

If your backup is encrypted, you will be prompted for a password. Here is an article from Apple about encrypted backups.

Also, sometimes it happens that iTunes cannot read the backup, showing the following message:

iPhone backup corrupt error message

It happens because iTunes does not validate backup upon creation. If you have encountered this problem, read this guide on how to deal with corrupt iPhone backup.


Retrieve deleted WhatsApp messages

with iCloud

This method is very effective if you need to move WhatsApp from an older to a newer iPhone, or if you have accidentally deleted the messages, but have a recent backup with iCloud.

⚠️ Please be warned: restoring iPhone from iCloud will rewrite all the data on your device. If you just want your messages as a text file on your computer, better use CopyTrans Backup Extractor. ⚠️

To check when the last iCloud backup was made, take your iPhone, launch WhatsApp → Settings → Chats → Chat Backup. You will see the date of the latest backup on the screen.

See the date of the last iCloud backup

If you don’t mind erasing some iPhone data, here is how to get deleted messages from WhatsApp using iCloud:

  1. After making sure you have recently made a backup with iCloud (see above), delete WhatsApp from your device.

  2. Sign into your iCloud account with your Apple ID (“Settings” → “Sign in to your iPhone” iOS 10 and above, Settings → iCloud for less recent iOS versions).

  3. log in to iCloud with iOS 10 and above

  4. Install WhatsApp again and launch it. Tap “Agree & Continue” to accept the terms of service and enter your phone number (it must be the same as before: you can’t restore chat history from a different number). Enter the validation code. You will then be offered to restore your messages from iCloud. This is a one-time offer! Press “Restore Chat History”.

  5. iCloud restore the chat history

  6. Your messages have been restored!

If you would like to transfer more than just WhatsApp messages – for example, settings, photos and apps – we recommend the program called CopyTrans Shelbee, which can make a full or custom restore to devices.

Thank you for reading our guide! Now you know how to recover WhatsApp messages to PC in all possible ways.

Do not forget to back up your iPhone regularly and you’ll be fine no matter what!

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