How Do I Recover Deleted Messages on WhatsApp (Android) – Step wise Guide

Hey guys, how are you doing? Here, I come up with an article on How to Recover Deleted Messages on WhatsApp? Billions around the world are using WhatsApp communication app. Now days, this is the leading instant messaging app. You can send unlimited messages to your friends or family. You can create groups and add people in the groups.

We usually send many messages to your friends, colleagues or family on WhatsApp. A friend asked How to recover deleted whatsapp conversation? Therefore, I decided to write an article on it. Sometimes, accidentally, you may delete conversations on WhatsApp. You want them back. What do you do then? No idea!! Yes, you can restore the deleted messages or conversation using the simple steps discussed below. This is it all about. I am sure, you will get a brief idea on recovering deleted WhatsApp messages on your mobile phone. Let’s go.

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Things you may don’t know about WhatsApp:

  • WhatsApp backs up the conversations or messages everyday at 4 AM.
  • The restoring messages folder that is “WhatsApp” located in the file manager of your mobile phone
  • This may be located in either your mobile’s internal memory or External memory like SD card.

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Recover Deleted Messages on WhatsApp:

There are mainly two methods to Recover Deleted Messages on WhatsApp. First method is, for most recent deleted messages back up and the second one for older or less recent messages recovery.

  • If you want to recover recently deleted messages, you can simply uninstall the app and reinstall it.
  • While reinstalling the app, at some stage, it shows you on screen message like “Message backup found” and would you like to restore the messages from backup? All you need to do is, click on Restore option.
  • Sometimes, your messages may not be restored by this method. The main reasons for this are, your SD card chat history may have corrupted or back up is too old.
  • Remember, if you don’t use your last used phone number to reinstall the application, this does not work.

Restoring older or less recent backups:

NOTE: The most recent messages sent or received cannot be restored in this method. If you want to backup your most recent messages too, you need to perform a manual backup. Follow the steps below carefully to perform manual backup. Please perform this carefully. Stick to the instruction while doing this.

  • Open WhatsApp in your mobile phone.
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@ Click on menu for settings

  • Click on menu and go to settings.




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@ Tap on Settings


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  • There you will see Chat Settings. Click on that and chat settings will be opened.

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  • You can see Backup Conversation option in chat settings. Click on that and your backup will be completed automatically.

  • The backup file is stored in WhatsApp folder that is located in file manager.

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  • Go to file manager and then open WhatsApp folder—>Databases
  • In databeses, you can see some files with names like “msgsore-2015-02-26.1.db.crypt8” or “msgstore-2015-02-26.1.db.crypt7”
  • The last one named “msgstore.db.crypt8” or “msgstore.db.crypt7”. Please do change the name of the file to “msgstore.db.crypt8.current

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  • This is to do not get any confusion while restoring the deleted messages.

Now, we will start restoring the messages.

  • Uninstall WhatsApp.
  • Decide which file you want to restore and change the file name to “msgstore.db.crypt8”.

For Example, the file you selected to restore named msgsore-2015-02-26.1.db.crypt8, change the file name to msgstore.db.crypt8.

  • Now, install WhatsApp.
  • When asked to restore while installing, tap on Restore.
  • That’s it. If you want to do it for other files, follow the same steps again.


You can easily recover deleted messages on WhatsApp using the steps above.You can verify WhatsApp FAQ section for most asked questions on WhatsApp

I hope you can backup your messages after reading this article. If you still find any difficulties in restoring messages, please let us know by commenting your questions. We will come to you soon with the answer.

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  1. JediYoda says

    Actually, you can recover lost Whatsapp Messages of iPhone in 2 different ways:
    If you have ever synced before you deleted data, you can scan and extract iTunes backup to recover Whatsapp Messages from your iPhone.
    If you don’t synced, you can directly scan and recover deleted Whatsapp Messages from your iPhone. However, you need the help of iPhone recovery tool, otherwise you will not be able to do.
    I hope it can help you!

  2. stubble says

    Awesome article.

  3. haittaa says

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    • henryedw says

      Thanks for sharing! You can just search for recover WhatsApp messages on Google, and you will find there are many software there. Like the Wondershare or the FonePaw Android Data Recovery which both can recover deleted WhatsApp text messages from Android phone. In most cases, they can recover successfully. But if they are not work, I will recommend you use much more professional software on computer, it may be work. And remember to backup important data in time.

  4. rahul says

    Hey i have tried all possible ways to restore my chats but it keeps saying . . Sorry we are unable to restore any of your message . . And the actual problem was that i accidentally deleted my database file and then i recovered it using recovery software . . Now if they are corrupt can u give solution to fix it i need it badly. .pls help

    • You can not restore your messages if the database files are corrupted. If there is any solution for this, I will update it for sure.
      Thanks you.

  5. Pankaj Verma says

    I have backup of crypt8 file, but not have key file and my cell is lost on the way, so please tell me how open this file on pc……..

    • I am not understanding what your problem exactly is. Anyway If you want to recover the messages, you must have the last recovered file or key file.

  6. Pomo0090 says

    Hello, I have a backup in “msgstore.db.crypt8” just do not have a chance to recover the Key on the phone from which I extrapolated this database, if I buy a new device, run the Root, drain the latest version of WhatsApp and before starting insert this file into the folder WhatsApp, although I do not own the Key whatsapp can recover the database?

    • As far I know, you can not recover your messages without the key file. If there is any chance to recover the messages without key file, I will definitely let you know. Thank You.

  7. kamran khan says

    Hi ,

    I m using whatsapp in India mobile number is +91 9453888822 i m trying to restore my backup by msgstore.db.crypt7
    its not clicking even its not copying to desktop , its only showing in desktop when i connect usb in mobile >whatsapp>database>msgstore.db.crypt7 , i m sending you snapshot of msgstore.db.crypt which i m getting on desktop please check
    and reply me how to restore my all data backup, i m using HTC 626g+ mobile

    • Thanks for the comment Kamran, Why do you want to send crypt 7 file to desktop when you have chance to restore the messages using it on your mobile itself. Please follow the procedure step by step and try again.

  8. Deepak Tomar says

    if my friend chatted with someone and deleted the messages then how to recover them

  9. Vinod Madishetty says

    hi my andriod phone it is not booting’ how can i recover my data – whats app and other data on my phone.

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