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How to Retrieve WhatsApp Messages on iPhone 6/5S/4S/4/3GS

Can I retrieve deleted WhatsApp messages? I've accidently deleted a crucial message on WhatsApp. Now I really need it back. It means a lot to me. Please help!

Since it's free and very easy to use, users like to use WhatsApp to start a chat. However, it's also very easy for users to delete WhatsApp chat history accidently. Many people are asking the question "can I retrieve deleted WhatsApp messages on iPhone?" in many forums. The good news is that there are 3 ways for you to recover deleted whatsapp messages:

Important!!! TWO THINGS TO REMEMBER: 1.After realizing that you've accidently deleted WhatsApp messages, please stop using your iPhone. The deleted WhatsApp chat isn't gone right away, but exist somewhere on your iPhone, waiting to be overwritten. If you continue using your iPhone, then these messages will lost forever. 2. Find a computer nearby to perform the WhatsApp messages recovery by following any of the 3 ways.

What You Need:

  • A Windows PC or a Mac
  • Your iPhone and its USB cable
  • Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS

Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS is the software to restore whatsapp messages on iPhone. It's the world's #1 data recovery tool for iPhone, iPad and iPod toch to retrieve deleted or missing data. By using it, you can not only retrieve deleted WhatsApp messages, but also WhatsApp message attachments. It enables you to retrieve WhatsApp messages directly from iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, extract WhatsApp messages from iTunes and iCloud backup files. Download the trial version to your computer to see whether it can find your wanted WhatsApp messages or not.

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Solution 1: Directly scan your iPhone to recover deleted WhatsApp messages

Step 1. Launch the program and connect your iPhone to the Mac

Before doing anything else, launch Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS on your computer. Then connect your iPhone. If you use the latest iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5S or iPhone 4S, the program's window will be shown as follows.

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If you're using iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS, the window will be a little different. It looks like below. And you should do as what it tells you to do in the window.

  1. Taking the iPhone in your hand, click Start on the window to begin.
  2. At the same time, tap the Power and Home buttons on your iPhone immediately for exactly 10 seconds..
  3. Then release the Power button after 10 seconds, and still tap the Home button for another 15 seconds, until you get into the scanning mode successfully.

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Step 2. Begin scanning your iPhone and looking for deleted WhatsApp messages

For iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5S and iPhone 4S, just as the program's window showing, you can directly click the Start Scan button to scan your iPhone. While for iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS users, you need to follow the description on the window to get into the device's scanning mode first, and then scan your iPhone. It only takes you a few seconds to finish the scan process.

Download the free trial version below to have a try.

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Step 3. Preview and recover WhatsApp messages

In the sesult window, all found data on your iPhone will be displayed in categories. There is a little button on the top of the program, named as Only display deleted items. Enable it to display only deleted files. Click the WhatsApp category, you can read the whole messages including attachments and emoji before recovery. Tick off those you want and click Recover. You can save them all on your computer with one click.

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Solution 2: Extract Whatsapp Messages from iPhone iTunes Backup File

Step 1. Choose your iTunes backup and extract it

To use this way, you should make sure you had synced your iPhone with iTunes before you lost the WhatsApp messages. Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS lets you preview your iTunes backup content and selectively export the data in it.

Switch to Recover from iTunes Backup File after running the program, and you'll see the window below. There all iTunes backup on your computer will be automatically loaded and displayed. Choose the one for your iPhone and click Start Scan to extract all contents in it.

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Step 2. Preview and recover deleted WhatsApp messages

The scan only takes you a few seconds. When it's over, you can preview all data in the iTunes backup file. Choose WhatsApp, and you can read all your WhatsApp messages in the backup in detail. Tick off the one you want back and click Recover to preserve it on your computer. You can also tick them all off and get them back with one click.

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Solution 3: Extract WhatsApp Messages from iCloud Backup File for iPhone

Step 1. Sign in iCloud and choose backup file to download

To use this way, please ensure you had backed up your iPhone to iCloud before you deleted the WhatsApp messages.

Switch to Recover from iCloud Backup File after launching the program. Log in with your iCloud account. All recently iCloud backup files will be displayed in the window. Choose the one that contains your WhatsApp messages and click Download.

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In the pop-up, check Messages and Message Attachments to download. By doing this, it will save you time for the downloading iCloud backup file process. You know, the whole iCloud backup file is very large.

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Step 2. Preview and recover deleted WhatsApp messages

Click Scan to scan the downloaded files to retrieve deleted WhatsApp messages. When the process is finished, click WhatsApp in the left sidebar to preview your chat history. Check the one you need and click Recover to recover WhatsApp messages to your computer

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Product-related questions? Speak directly to our Support Team >>

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Sorry, I just get information from the product manager that there is a problem for the feature. We'll fix it in the next version.
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Sorry, I just get the information from my product manager that the problem was found. We're planning to fix it in the next version. Sorry for the trouble we've brought to you.
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Hi, it means that after the deletion, WhatsApp messages have been overwritten by newly generated data.
Michelle
Hi,I have deleted my whatsapp message accidentally last night, so I try to use dr fone to do the recovery. But no matter I use whether recover from iOS Device or Recovrt from iTunes Backup files (last restore was last night and the one before was one week ago), there are only photos are displayed, for messages and call logs, they are all (0) (no file has been found)? Did I do anything wrong on the operation?
Charles
Still can't I recover my whatsapp files from iCloud using my iPhone 5s??? I can retrieve all other info (SMS, calls, pictures...) except my whatsapp conversations, 6 months you answer technical problems, is not fixed yet? I paid a lot of money for this software! Is fixed ?
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Hi, would you please click the feedback button on the program to submit more information? Actually, if you've backed up WhatsApp messages, then you can recover them.
Clare
Do you have an update on this? It is still not working
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Hi, John, There are some technical problems for this feature, we're still working on it. When it's available, i'll let you know.
John
Any news about this adding this feture ?
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Yes, we're working on it now.

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