In this guide check out how to restore deleted WhatsApp conversations on your iPhone/iPad/Android phone & tablets.
WhatsApp is one of the most widely used instant messaging applications used by smartphone users across the world. Its availability on multiple platforms such as iPhone, Android, Blackberry or Windows operating systems makes it one of the most loved apps for the online users. Whatsapp provides a medium which allows the users to send and receive text messages, photos and videos. However, at many instances, it was observed that users delete WhatsApp conversations accidentally. There is no need to worry as the conversations can be easily restored.
WhatsApp automatically create a backup of the messages everyday at 4 AM in the external microSD card. To restore the messages, the user is required to uninstall and reinstall the app. During the installation process, a message prompts as “Message backup found” with an option to restore the messages. This process restores only the recently deleted messages. The process does not restore the older backups which are saved beyond 7 days. Also, the recent messages which are saved in the memory card after the backup is done can’t be restored by this process.
It is also possible to restore the older conversations, provided the user does a manual backup of the conversations using the file manager and changing the chat settings in the WhatsApp menu. The manual backup file is saved as “msgstore.db.crypt” in /sdcard/WhatsApp/Databases folder. Instead, save this file as “msgstore.db.crypt.current” to avoid the confusion during the restoration process. To restore the messages from backup, first uninstall WhatsApp and then take a decision of which backup file is required to be restored. Rename the file from “msgstore-YYYY-MM-DD.1.db.crypt” to “msgstore.db.crypt.current”. Now install WhatsApp and when a message prompts to restore the conversations found in the backup folder, tap on restore and then the messages will be restored. This process ensures that the conversations are restored forever.