How to Recover Deleted WhatsApp Messages on iPhone

Loss of good memories and important data is always painful. While deleting a bunch of threads from WhatsApp could result in deletion of some important chats too. So, if you have mistakenly deleted some important chats that contain images/videos, don’t worry I got solution for you to recover deleted WhatsApp messages.

However, officially WhatsApp does not allow to restore/recover messages that are once deleted from the chat history unless you have enabled backup. But iPhone users can recover deleted WhatsApp messages on their devices using from backup.

This recovery method can be used to recover deleted WhatsApp messages whether they were deleted from your side or the sender deleted them.

Recover Deleted WhatsApp Messages from iCloud Backup

Unfortunately, there is no option available iPhone WhatsApp application that allows users to enable regular external backups directly from their phones. Therefore, to avoid any data loss and make a backup of all your texts and media should always create an iCloud backup. Once iCloud backup is enabled you can restore texts and media from directly from the iCloud backup file in future.

Before that, make sure you are logged in or have iCloud user and password. Another thing you need to make sure is that the available backup file includes lost text and media. Which you can make sure by checking the date when the last backup was made. To check last backup date navigate to WhatsApp>Settings>Chats>Chat Backup and see the date.


Now, you are sure that the backup file includes all the lost messages and media you are trying to recover. Just delete WhatsApp application from your iPhone, install and set it using your phone number. Recover your data from existing backup files by following the procedure given below.

  • Open WhatsApp
  • Go to Settings
  • Navigate to Chats and then Chat Backup
  • Restore Backup.



It will take a few minutes to recover all of you deleted messages and media from the backup file. What to do? If you are unable to recover your data directly from WhatsApp or do not see backup option Or Facing other difficulties? In this case, you can still recover deleted WhatsApp media but you will need third-party software to do so.

There are couple of software out there that offers IOS user not just to create a backup of their whole iPhone data but also recovery options for selected data. Most of these are paid but some offer several types of data recovery options for free including Enigma Recovery, Syncios Data Recovery, iMyFone D-Back, and MiniTool.

In this guide we will be using Enigma Recovery software to recover deleted data from an iCloud backup file, iTunes back up and Straight from your iPhone. In all these three cases this recover software, access to PC/MAC and iCloud/iTunes login will be required.

Recover Deleted WhatsApp Texts and Media Using iCould File

(Using Enigma Recovery)

This method is for those users who find it difficult to restore deleted WhatsApp chats and media directly from WhatsApp or iCloud backup. So, if you already have created a backup on iCloud and facing difficulties restoring it then you can use third-party software to get your WhatsApp data back. Now select one of the third party software mentioned above and install it on your PC or MAC. Once you have one any of these third-party software installed on your PC or MAC follow this procedure to get your data back. Recover your deleted WhatsApp data using Enigma Recover.

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  • Download and Install Enigma Software (Trial version allow users to see recoverable data)
  • Open the software and click on Recover from my iCloud.
  • Sign in to iCloud.
  • Select the backup of deleted files.
  • Scan for the messages to see if they are in the backup file.
  • See and select the deleted messages on the software before restoring.
  • Export selected messages to your computer from Export and Restore.
  • Now transfer the exported file from your computer to iPhone and restore your messages using this IOS app from ‘Restore’ section.

Users can download both computer software and ios App trial version to see/test what messages they can recover using this software. There are also many other softwares that can be used to recover deleted WhatsApp messages and other media.

Recover deleted WhatsApp Messages From iTunes

(Using Enigma Recovery)

The procedure of recovering deleted messages on iPhone from iTunes using recovery software is very similar to the above method. But in this method, you don’t need to delete and reinstall WhatsApp application on the device. This method also does not requires iCloud sign in but recovery software (e.g enigma recovery) and access to a computer having iTunes installed on it.

iTunes’ backup is very similar to iCloud backup which can be used to recover whole phone data directly from the device or selected data using any recovery software. Now, we are going to use iTunes backup file to restore selected deleted WhatsApp messages and media using iTunes backup file. To do so;

  • Install recovery software (mentioned above).
  • Connect iPhone to PC/MAC via cable.
  • Open software and select recover from my iTunes.
  • Select the backup file.
  • Select WhatsApp from the menu to see deleted messages.
  • Now view & select the deleted WhatsApp messages and save them using Export and Restore Button.

After you have successfully exported selected deleted messages and media to your PC/MAC. Now, you can restore them on iPhone using this free iOS app. To do so;

  1. Install the free Application.
  2. Connect your iPhone to your PC/MAC via cable.
  3. Open the App and Select the exported recovery file.
  4. Click Restore.

That is it! Using the method users can restore all the deleted data before the last backup. This software also allows iPhone users to recover any type of data using backup files. But, trial versions have very limited access to the features. There also many other free alternatives to this software to recover data. If you know there any other great way/trick to recover deleted WhatsApp messages. Let us and everyone else know about in the comment section.

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