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How to See a Deleted Message on WhatsApp

How to See a Deleted Message on WhatsApp

WhatsApp lets you delete a message after sending it. You can even edit sent WhatsApp messages if you wish to. These options can be helpful if you accidentally dropped a text in the wrong chat. Let’s be honest; you must wonder if there’s a way to read these deleted messages. Right?

Officially, there’s no official way to read deleted messages on WhatsApp. You, a hacker, or your parent cannot read it, even if a business or your guardian manages your phone. However, some solutions to bypass this limitation exist

How to See Deleted WhatsApp Messages Using Notification History on Android

Just as you can read Instagram direct messages without being seen through the notification history, the same works for WhatsApp’s deleted messages. Take advantage of Android’s notification history to read WhatsApp chats even after they have been deleted. But you’ll have to enable this feature on your phone first.

  1. Open your phone’s Settings.
  2. Scroll down and tap Notifications.
  3. In Notifications, scroll down and select Advanced Settings.
    Android Notifcation Advanced Settings
  4. Next, tap the Notification History option and check if it’s enabled on the next screen. If not, toggle it On.
    Notification History Android

Once turned on, your phone will log all notifications for the last 24 hours. This even includes any WhatsApp texts that you receive. So, you can check your phone’s notification history anytime you want to read a WhatsApp message that was sent to you but deleted afterward. Do note that the history will be cluttered with other messages. The only way to reduce this is by disabling notifications from unwanted apps. 

How to See Deleted WhatsApp Messages With Media on iPhone 

Unlike Android, iPhones don’t have a Notification History option. So, there is no way to see deleted WhatsApp chats on iPhone. But there’s a trick through which you can see any deleted media content sent over WhatsApp.

  1. Open WhatsApp on your iPhone. 
  2. Tap the Gear icon at the bottom right corner of the screen to open Settings.
  3. Under Settings, select Chats.
    Select The Chat Options iPhone
  4. You’ll find the Save to Camera Roll option on the next screen. It’s turned off by default. Toggle enable this option.
    iPhone Save To Camera Roll Is Disabled

Once enabled, any media sent with the message will be saved to your iPhone’s camera roll. So, while you can’t read a retracted chat, you can at least see any shared media even after it is deleted. Do note that this trick will only work once you have viewed the message. Otherwise, the media file will never be downloaded to your iPhone.

Some third-party apps claim to let you read deleted WhatsApp messages. However, you should avoid such apps, as they pose a security and privacy risk.


Now that you know that deleted messages can be seen, with limitations, here are some frequently asked questions about the topic.

Q. How Can I Recover Permanently Deleted WhatsApp Photos?

A. You can recover the deleted WhatsApp photos if you haven’t deleted the media files from your phone when clearing the chat or enabled backup for WhatsApp images. Restoring an older backup is another way to get the photos back.

Q. Can Restoring an Old WhatsApp Backup Bring Back Deleted Messages of Other Users?

No, restoring an old backup can’t retrieve deleted WhatsApp messages of other users. This is because you’re restoring your own WhatsApp chat history. 

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Ashish Mohta

Jul 20, 2023

Ashish has been writing about tech for 16 years, with a primary focus on Windows and Smartphones. He also has a keen interest in writing about Social Media, as it constantly evolves, introducing new features to explore.

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