If you've accidentally deleted your WhatsApp chat and need it back, we've got some help.
There are two ways to restore deleted WhatsApp chats - cloud and local back up.
We recommend keeping the automatic backup feature on just to be on the safe side.
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In case you're stressed over accidentally losing your WhatsApp chat, there's still a chance you might have it backed up. WhatsApp allows you to backup all your chats and media on your Google Drive/iCloud storage. But you must note that this option only works if you have enabled the chat backup option in the settings. Which means there's no way to recover chat that has not been backed up.
To turn on chat backup, open WhatsApp app, go to Settings > go to Chats > tap Chat backup. Note that in the same menu, you will find options to set the backup frequency to daily, weekly or monthly and also see when was did you last back up your conversations. You can do it manually from the same setting. Also, it is crucial to make sure that you have backed up the latest chats to avoid losing your conversation while reinstalling the app or removing the chat history entirely. It gives you an option to select the backup account too in case you have a specific account to save your chats.
There are two ways to restore deleted WhatsApp conversations - using cloud backup and using a local backup. While the cloud backup procedure is relatively straightforward, the local backup may require a little attention as you might end up losing your chats if a step goes wrong.
Here's how you can recover deleted chat using back up.
If you've enabled chat backup and you are probably lucky as you are most likely to get your chat back. The least chances of losing any of your conversations are when you have set the backup schedule to daily and most likely to lose if it's monthly. You can only restore chat until the last backup, so if it was done the night before you accidentally deleted it, you could get it back. But if the 'last backup' was done a week earlier, you won't be able to recover the chats happened in between.
Restoring chats using cloud backup is very straightforward, but you need to be extra careful when using local backup to restore deleted chats. Note that this way of restoring does not work on iOS.
If your Google Drive backup has overwritten the deleted messages, then follow these steps.
Now you know what to do when you accidentally delete your WhatsApp chats or simply setting it up on a new phone. But make sure you have enabled chat backup option in the setting if you want to have a chance to restore deleted chat back. Otherwise, as we said, there's no other way to recover it.
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