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How to Recover Old WhatsApp Messages
Keeping old messages in messaging apps can be useful. If you forget what time you need to meet someone, you can take a look at your chat to be sure. Some other messages may have emotional value, so you like going back and reading them every now and then.
WhatsApp lets you scroll back for quite a while, but what if you can’t find your old messages? Is there a way to retrieve them? If you need an answer to this, keep reading our article.
Say you have a new phone, or you reset your current one to factory defaults. Do you think your old WhatsApp chats are lost forever? Well, retrieving those messages might be easier than you think. However, remember that you can only retrieve backed-up messages. Without a backup, you can’t recover the messages you’ve once deleted.
Here are two methods you can try.
If you’ve kept the same phone number, you can use your Google account (which also needs to be the one you’ve used with your previous phone) to restore your old WhatsApp chats.
This method can work if you have a new phone. You’ll need another device, such as your computer or an SD card, to transfer your files to the new mobile device. Be aware that you’ll only be able to restore the data from the last seven days.
If you’re unsure where to look, use the search bar or the magnifying glass to browse for a folder named WhatsApp. It may be on your SD card or in your internal storage.
If you’re trying to restore older chats and media, it’s not impossible, but it will require a few more steps. Here’s how to do it:
Android users can also use their default File Manager, preinstalled on their mobile device. No need for downloading another app to restore the missing messages. Unfortunately, this won’t work for iOS users.
If you choose to recover the chats this way, follow these steps:
If your chats and shared media are automatically backed up, you won’t have to worry about whether you’ll recover your messages and files. Here’s how to set it up:
Note that these instructions refer to Android phones. However, if you have an iOS device, the steps will look very similar, although the options might be named differently.
Whether you’ve accidentally deleted a chat or lost it due to a factory reset, there are ways to retrieve your old messages. Android users have more options, but since most people today have Google accounts, Google Drive is the first solution to try. Just don’t forget to enable regular data back up on your phone if you don’t want to really lose your messages.
Have you already tried restoring your WhatsApp messages? Did you manage to get them back? Let us know in the comments section below.
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