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Recently a lot of WhatsApp user asking about how to recover or restore WhatsApp chat message, database and backup file if it has accidentally deleted from Android file system.

How do I recover or restore WhatsApp chat message history, deleted WhatsApp database file and backup?

Below are related questions asking online:

  • How do I restore a deleted WhatsApp database in a file manager, from a WhatsApp folder, or in the format of .db.crypt12?
  • How do I restore WhatsApp chat message using WhatsApp database while backup from drive not working and no crypt12 file in WhatsApp\database folder?
  • How can I recover my WhatsApp database if it has been accidentally deleted from my file system of Android mobile and I lost all the images?
  • If we delete WhatsApp database folder after that uninstall WhatsApp and again install it then will all old messages get recover or not during installing WhatsApp?

Answer 1

You can back up WhatsApp chats and media to Google Drive, so that you can transfer it if you switch Android phones or get a new one or lost old phone.

You can back up WhatsApp data using Google Drive and/or a local backup. Local backups will be automatically created every day at 2 a.m. and they will be saved as a file in the phone and on Google Drive.

WhatsApp will ask you to restore chats history and media from a backup after you verify your number. Simply tap Restore when prompted to. If WhatsApp does not detect a backup, it could due to one of the following reasons:

  • You aren’t logged into the same Google account.
  • You aren’t using the same phone number that was used to create the backup.
  • Your SD card and/or chat history is corrupted.
  • A backup file does not exist on the Google Drive account or locally on your phone.

Answer 2

The easiest way to transfer data to a new phone is by using Google Drive.

If you want to use a local backup, you will need to transfer the files to the new phone using a computer, file explorer or SD Card.

If your data is not stored on the default path (/internal storage/whatsapp/ folder), you may see “internal storage” or “main storage” folders.

Answer 3

It depends on the type of database, older or newer or saved on drive/internal memory:

  • On newer devices, WhatsApp/Databases folder is most likely located in the device’s internal memory.
  • You must have the same phone number in WhatsApp that you had when you backed up the chat’s history and media.
  • Your backup files are saved in the /sdcard/WhatsApp/Databases folder which located in either device’s internal memory or external memory.

Follow below steps to restore WhatsApp chat history and media from local backup database:

Step 1: Download a File Manager app.

Step 2: Navigate to the local storage or sdcard > WhatsApp > Databases. …. If your data isn’t stored on an SD card, you might see “internal storage” or “main storage” instead.

Step 3: Copy or Moves all media like Pictures, Gifs & Videos etc. to external storage or move in any other folder.

Step 4: Rename the backup file you want to restore from msgstore-YYYY-MM-DD.1.db.crypt12 to msgstore.db.crypt12. It’s possible that an earlier backup might be on an earlier protocol, such as crypt8, crypt9, or crypt10. Don’t change the number of the crypt extension.

Step 5: Uninstall the WhatsApp app.

Step 6: Install the WhatsApp app.

Step 7: Tap the Restore option when asked. You will get back your text, media etc.

WhatsApp will ask you to recover backup data from Google Drive. Check the option of recovering data from Google Drive and tap the Restore option when asked. You will get back your text, media etc.

Warning: You can’t restore your messages, if:

  • SD card and/or chat history is corrupted.
  • WhatsApp cannot restore backups that are too old.
  • You have a different phone number than when you backed up your chats.
  • You do not have any chat history backups saved in the phone or Google Drive.

Answer 4

WhatsApp regularly backs up message chats history and media to Google Drive. So, you can restore them from there.

Select the Clear Data option for WhatsApp in the apps page in the settings then start the app. It will setup like it’s the first-time use. When it finds the backup file from Google Drive, it will prompt for restoration. Your message history and media will now be restored to your device.

Answer 5

Step 1: Download a File Manager app.

Step 2: Navigate to the local storage or sdcard > WhatsApp > Databases. …. If your data isn’t stored on an SD card, you might see “internal storage” or “main storage” instead.

Step 3: Copy the most recent backup file to the local storage’s Databases folder of the new device.

Step 4: Install and open the WhatsApp app.

Step 5: Verify your phone number.

Step 6: Tap on the RESTORE option when prompted to restore the chats and media from the local backup.

Answer 6

If it has been deleted from Android file system you cannot recover it because in the Android phone database of WhatsApp messages only stored in your Android device. If you have WhatsApp in your Android mobile and if it’s not uninstalled then in the WhatsApp’s chat settings there is an option of chat backup select that option and your chats will be backed up again.

If you are using iPhone than you can recover database using iCloud.

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File Recovery, Data Recovery Solutions, Text Messaging, WhatsApp, WhatsApp Backup, Backups Photos, Google Drive, Chat, Mobile Applications

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