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[Tip] Recover Whats App Deleted Items on Android

WhatsApp is the most popular cross-platform instant messaging app. It is available for all the major mobile operating systems. The simplicity is what makes it popular across. The throughout experience of the WhatsApp app must be gratifying but moments of frustrations is bound to happen sometimes. Like if you accidentally delete your chat history of WhatsApp. Or you deleted the WhatsApp media.

But the irony is these frustrated problems have rather simplified solutions. How? Lets address each one of them through detailed tutorials.

How to Recover Deleted Chats Which are Recent (24 hours)

One of the best part of WhatsApp is that it automatically creates backup every day. The back up file is stored on your memory card (internal or external). So incase you want to restore the messages which are recent (less than 24 hours) all you need to do is uninstall WhatsApp and reinstall it.

To uninstall WhatsApp or any app on your Android go to Settings – Applications – WhatsApp and choose uninstall.

Uninstall WhatsApp

To reinstall either you can download the latest version from the Whats app site or from Play Store and install like you do it for any other app.

If you were a previous user and you are reinstalling to restore messages, before completely installing WhatsApp will prompt you if you would like to resort your messages from backup. Simply choose “Restore” and you have messages right there.

Recover Less Recent Backups (Older than a day)

If you loose something that is older than a day (but not more than 7 days) you can still restore those but not as easy as you did in most recent (24 hours) backs ups.

First thing you should do is create a backup for the newest messages. To perform this action go to Settings in WhatsApp – Chat Settings and – Backup conversations.

Backup WhatsApp Messages

The back-up will be saved in the location “/sdcard/WhatsApp/Databases” with the name “msgstore.db.crypt”. You need to rename this file from “msgstore.db.crypt” to “msgstore.db.crypt.current”.

When you drive to “/sdcard/WhatsApp/Databases” location in your android phone you will see a list of Backup files there. The name of the backup file will denote the date on which it was created. For example the screenshot below shows the backup was created on 24th April.

BackUp Date

Once you have selected which file you want to restore, rename that file from “msgstore-YYYY-MM-DD.1.db.crypt” to “msgstore.db.crypt”. (Long press on a file to rename it)

Now install WhatsApp. You will be prompted to Restore. The messages will be restore automatically in your WhatsApp account.

What about Media and other things?

In case you pictures and videos, WhatsApp stores these media files on your drive itself. So incase you loose WhatsApp, you can still find pictures and videos on your SDCard most likely in the album called “WhatsApp”.

By Kamal Nayan

Kamal Nayan is a blogger at where he has been writing about personal technology, productivity hacks and often produces how to videos. He takes some time off from his engineering to write about tips and tweaks related to Android and other phones on this blog.

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