How to Retrieve WhatsApp Chat History
Have your WhatsApp chats been deleted? WhatsApp chat history can be lost if you change devices or accidentally delete them. Whatever the reason, the good news is that there is a way to get it out.
WhatsApp is one of the most used applications and users send billions of messages, including images, audio, videos, GIFs, and more, to the people on their contact list every day.
You can tell that these messages are sent to the user’s phone and WhatsApp will delete them from the company’s servers immediately.
If you lost your WhatsApp chats and want to get your history back, here is a method you can try. However, if you want to restore your conversations to a new Android device, you need to make sure that your chats are backed up before restoring them. To secure a chat, you need to open WhatsApp, go to more settings, select a chat, then save the chat.
Also, select the Google Account where you want to archive your chats. You can also take a local backup of your device. Then tap Back. Once the backup is saved, you can delete WhatsApp from your device and install it on your new Android device.
- Restore from Google Drive backup
To save a copy of your WhatsApp call history on Google Drive, you can enable the automatic backup feature and select the frequency as daily, weekly or monthly. To successfully restore a Google Drive backup, you must use the same phone number and Google account that was used to create the backup.
- How to restore your backup:
You need to make sure that your new Android device is connected to the Google account where your backup is stored. Install and open WhatsApp, then confirm your number. Touch RESTORE when prompted to restore your chats and media from Google Drive. When the restore process is complete, tap NEXT.
- Your chat will appear after the initialization is complete.
- It might be worth noting that WhatsApp will still recover your media files after restoring your chats. If you install WhatsApp without a previous backup from Google Drive, WhatsApp will automatically restore from your local backup file.
- Restore from local archive
If you want to use a local backup, you will need to transfer the files to your phone using a computer, file explorer, or SD card.
- How to restore your backup:
Download a file manager app. In the file manager app, go to your local storage or SD card > WhatsApp > Database. If your data is not on the SD card, you may see “Internal Storage” or “Main Storage”. Copy the latest archive file to the Databases folder on your new device’s local storage. Then install and open WhatsApp and confirm your number. Touch RESTORE when prompted to restore your chats and media from a local backup.
- Also, users should remember that their phone keeps a local backup file for the last seven days. A local archive is automatically created every day at 2:00 am and saved as a file on your phone. If your data is not in the /sdcard/WhatsApp/ folder, you may see the Internal Storage or Main Storage folder.
- Restore newer local backup
If you want to restore a local backup that is not the most recent, you need to do the following:
- Download a file manager app. In the file manager app, go to your local storage or SD card > WhatsApp > Database. If your data is not stored on the SD card, you may see “Internal Storage” or “Main Storage”.
- Rename the archive file you want to recover from msgstore-YYYY-MM-DD.1.db.crypt12 to msgstore.db.crypt12. It is possible that the previous backup will be made on an earlier protocol such as crypt9 or crypt10. Do not change the crypto extension number. Uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp and tap RESTORE when prompted.