Did you just change your mobile and don’t know how to recover WhatsApp conversations? If you have made a backup, it is possible to restore your account with different methods . But if this is not the case, what to do? How to restore deleted messages from chats?

In this article we will explain the different methods so that you can recover WhatsApp backups , both new and old. And what to do if you want to see accidentally deleted conversations.

Restore WhatsApp backup from the cloud

The application has the function of making backup copies of your chats so that, when you uninstall it or change your mobile, you can restore them instantly. This will help you to restore the oldest WhatsApp conversations.

To find out if this function is activated, you just have to follow these steps:

  • Go to “Settings”.
  • Click on “Chats”.
  • Enter the “Backup” section.
  • In the first section, the last copy made on the date appears. Depending on your device model, you can link it with Google Drive or iCloud to restore messages from the cloud as the case may be.

How to recover WhatsApp with Google Drive

Whether you’ve uninstalled WhatsApp or changed your mobile, you can retrieve the messages you’ve previously saved to Google Drive to keep your conversations active . Ideally, you should always use the same Google account to access the restored chats.

Follow these steps that we will indicate below:

  • Install or reinstall WhatsApp on your device.
  • Open the app and follow the steps to verify your phone number.
  • The verification code will be sent to you via SMS. When you receive it, fill it out and authorize the permits.
  • When you access the chats, you will get a message asking if you want to restore the backup. Click on “Restore” and wait a few minutes.
  • Once the restoration is finished, click “Next”.

Depending on the size of the backup, this process can take from minutes to hours. It also depends a lot on the speed of the internet and the space available in the memory of your device. If you use another Google account or number, you will not be able to restore WhatsApp backup by this means.

How to restore WhatsApp with iCloud

If you have an iOS device, you can restore WhatsApp backup with iCloud. It has a storage limit of up to 5 GB and allows you to configure automatic daily, weekly and monthly copies.

The process is very simple and you just have to follow these steps:

  1. Install or reinstall WhatsApp on your iPhone.
  2. Follow the instructions to verify your phone number.
  3. Write the verification code.
  4. Choose to restore copies of all your saved chats to your iCloud.

For the restoration of your WhatsApp to be effective, verify that the Apple ID is correct. Also check that you have previously set the option to restore copies from iCloud Drive. And finally, check that your phone number is the same as always.

The best programs to restore WhatsApp

There are applications and software that were exclusively designed to recover deleted WhatsApp conversations and restore the chats on your devices. Next, we will tell you what they are and their main characteristics.


Whether you made backups or not, this program will allow you to quickly restore your WhatsApp chats . It is compatible with Android and iOS devices and, in addition to messages, you can also recover images, videos and contacts. The process varies depending on the mobile model but, basically, you must do the following:

  1. Download and install the program on your PC.
  2. Open FonePaw and select “Android Data Recovery” or “iOS Device Recovery” option
  3. The types of files you want to recover will appear. Select those related to WhatsApp and click “Next”.
  4. If you get an authorization permission message on the screen, please accept it for the software to scan your device.
  5. You will get a list of the scanned chats. Check the ones you want to see and click “Recover”.

FonePaw is compatible with Windows, Mac and Android. It supports a wide variety of device models and can recover data from internal memory as well as SD cards and phone SIM cards.

iCareFone WhatsApp Transfer

This program is exclusively designed to recover WhatsApp conversations that do not have backup copies . It also allows you to view content to choose those you want to restore as soon as possible. Its use is very simple and consists of these steps:

  1. Download the software from its official website.
  2. Install it on your computer and choose recovery mode.
  3. Connect your device.
  4. Choose the recovery mode you want.
  5. Select “WhatsApp” or related boxes to the app to recover the conversations and other data.
  6. Click “Scan” and wait a moment.
  7. You will get a preview of the data to be recovered. Select them and click on “Recover”.

Although this software is paid, you can also download a free demo to test its features. If you’re convinced, buy one of their available licenses for more advanced features.

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Whether you accidentally deleted a message or a system crash, dr.fone will take care of all those problems and help you recover your WhatsApp chats in minutes. The program supports a wide variety of Android and iOS device models and its use is very simple. Just follow these steps:

  1. Download and install the software on your computer.
  2. Connect your device and scan it with the program.
  3. Select the data you want to restore (photos, videos, conversations, etc).
  4. Click “Recover”.

dr.fone is a paid program, but if you want to test its most basic features, we recommend downloading the free trial version on its official website. It is compatible with Windows and Mac. And if you liked it, buy the license that suits your needs.

Tenorshare Ultdata

This program is ideal for those who change their Android phones to iOS , as it allows you to restore WhatsApp from Google Drive to iPhone and transfer data between devices. It is very simple to use and you just have to do the following:

  1. Download the program on your computer from its official website.
  2. Install and open the program.
  3. Plug your Android or iOS device into your computer.
  4. Click on “WhatsApp Transfer” and follow the instructions on the screen.
  5. Connect another device where you want to restore WhatsApp.
  6. Hit the “View and Restore” button.

Tenorshare Ultdata is compatible with Windows and Mac. You can get it for free or pay a paid plan to receive better features. In addition to transfer between devices, you can also download copies in HTML format and have them stored locally.

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Recover WhatsApp conversations from months ago

If you are not a frequent backup person, old WhatsApp messages may not be recovered. Although there are programs that allow you to restore conversations from a year ago, they are almost never free. But there are ways to recover them without resorting to those resources and using the local backup of your Android device.

For that, you must follow these steps that we will tell you below:

  • Enter the file explorer of your mobile.
  • Select the “WhatsApp” folder.
  • Go to the “Databases” folder.
  • Find the file msgstore.db.crypt12 and change it to msgstore-latest.db.crypt12 to replace it with an older backup.
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  • Uninstall WhatsApp.
    • If you had previously backed up to Google Drive, enter the app and click on “Backups”.
    • Press the three dots on the right next to WhatsApp and select the option “Delete backup”.
  • Reinstall WhatsApp.
  • Restore chats from backup file directly in the app.
  • Once you manage to recover the old conversations, you can go back to using WhatsApp as usual.

With this you should be able to see conversations from months ago or even older. But it only works if you have done the backups before because otherwise you will not be able to recover them again.

How to recover WhatsApp conversations without backup

If your messages were deleted due to a slip of yours or your contacts, normally these cannot be restored. But you can track to see a whole conversation on some Android devices using the content of notifications. On iPhone it is more complicated and it only remains to use backup copies.

In this case, you can try two methods to recover WhatsApp conversations without backup. One is by using third-party apps and another is by accessing the notification history. Next, we will quickly explain each of them.

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App to view deleted WhatsApp messages

There are a wide variety of applications that promise to restore WhatsApp in a matter of minutes. The problem is that they keep your personal information (name, phone number, contacts, etc.), so we recommend using them with caution.

Apps with this feature include the following:

  • WhatsRemoved+: This app tracks all WhatsApp notifications and folders to detect any changes to them. Thus, if a file is deleted, you can recover it instantly.
  • WARM: Another good app to restore deleted chats that includes both text and media files. To use it, you must give it permission to access notifications and thus store the content as it is updated.

Before installing any of them, we warn you that if you have already deleted a message, it will not be recovered. But they can help you anticipate your activities with the messaging app and avoid losing the thread of the conversation in the future.

Not sure where the problem is? Check out our post on why WhatsApp is not working

Recover deleted WhatsApp messages with notification history

The best way to restore deleted WhatsApp conversations is by accessing the notification history . The problem is that not all Android models offer this possibility since it depends a lot on the manufacturer. But if you have it available on your mobile, you just have to do the following:

  1. Touch the screen with your finger for a few seconds to add a widget.
  2. Locate the “Settings” widget and add it to the home screen.
  3. Select “Notification Log” (title may vary by device model).
  4. Once the widget is created, select it to access the notification history.
  5. Locate the deleted WhatsApps to recover them.

With the notification history you can recover a message as long as it has generated a notification and you have read it. Also, it only retrieves text, no media content. And finally, Android is constantly updating it, so you need to access it to see the deleted text instantly.

Recover WhatsApp: Frequently Asked Questions

Where are WhatsApp backups stored?

WhatsApp backups are saved on the mobile device, inside the /sdcard/WhatsApp/ folder. They may also be located under Main Storage or Internal Storage .

How to make a WhatsApp backup?

Enter the application, click on Settings , then on Chats , followed by Backup and, finally, on Save . WhatsApp allows you to store the data in Google Drive and iCloud.

How long are WhatsApp backups kept?

Locally, WhatsApp backup lasts seven days. If it is stored in the cloud, it can last longer, but it depends a lot on the space available. Previously, Google Drive had unlimited storage, but now that feature is no longer available.

Can WhatsApp report conversations be requested?

Yes, a report can be requested. For that, you need to go to Settings , Account and Request my account report . The process takes about three days and you will receive it in a compressed ZIP format that you can download to your device.

Now that you know how to recover WhatsApp conversations, we invite you to share your results in the comments. And if you have any other questions related to the topic, do not hesitate to write to us so we can solve it.