Could old WhatsApp conversations be restored?

Apps / software Restore WhatsApp chats - this is how it works

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Do you have a new smartphone but want to restore your old WhatsApp chat history? It's good if you've made a backup. You can call this up when installing WhatsApp and get your old data and chats back. Have you deleted a single chat and want to undo the action? Unfortunately, this function is not available on WhatsApp. You need to uninstall the app, re-download it and get the chat back through the backup. It looks different if you have archived the chat and not deleted it. You can read here how to archive chats.You can access archived chats and undo the archiving. We'll show you all the options:

Undo chat archiving

How do you Archiving To undo individual chats or groups, we show you in the following instructions for the iPhone and for Android-Smartphone.

Undo chat archiving on iPhone:

Undo chat archiving on Android:

Restore WhatsApp backup

With both smartphone operating systems, it is possible to transfer old chats to a new device or to transfer them back to the old device after deleting the app. In order for the data to be restored, you must first do a WhatsApp backup have created. How to do a WhatsApp backup with your Android device and iPhone, see this post. Below are the instructions for theiPhoneand for Android-Smartphones.

Restore WhatsApp backup on Android:

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Follow our step-by-step instructions or take a look at the quick start guide.

Restore WhatsApp backup on iPhone:

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Follow our step-by-step instructions or take a look at the quick start guide.

WhatsApp recovery not working - what to do?

When WhatsApp no backup finds to restore, it could be for one of the following reasons:

  • You are not signed in with your Google or iCloud account.
  • You are using a different phone number than when you created the backup.
  • Your phone storage, SD card, or chat history is corrupted.
  • There is no backup file in Google Drive, your iCloud or your phone.

Note for Android devices: If you have a Backup on another storage medium than the smartphone or Google Drive, you can still try to move it manually to your phone:

1. Copy the backup file into the folder / WhatsApp / Database on your smartphone. Most of the time the file is called msgstore-xxxx-xx-xx.1.db (the "x" stands for the backup date).
2. Uninstall WhatsApp and reinstall it immediately afterwards. Now follow the instructions above again.

Quick guide: restore WhatsApp backup on Android

  1. Open Whatsapp.
  2. Tap on "Agree and proceed".
  3. Give your Phone number in the field and tap at the bottom on "Further".
  4. The backup found will be displayed at the top and you can click "Restore"type.
  5. After restoring, tap "Further"and finish the WhatsApp installation by following the instructions on the screen.

Quick guide: restore WhatsApp backup on iPhone

  1. Open Whatsappon your iPhone.
  2. Tap on "Agree and proceed".
  3. Give your Phone number in the field and tap on "Finished".
  4. Tap on "Restore chat history"and when the messages are restored on"Further".
  5. Follow the rest of the installation on the screen and use WhatsApp as usual.