Main methods to recovering deleted WhatsApp messages
WhatsApp is one of the most popular ways for us all to communicate with friends and family using our mobile phones. It’s an easy-to-use messaging service that allows users to create ‘chats’ with specific groups of people or on specific topics. Most WhatsApp users find themselves tapping out messages on a daily basis, building up enormous amounts of message data which is usually retrievable and searchable through your iPhone. However, If this data gets deleted by accident, as a WhatsApp user you’re likely to be desperate to recover the lost messages as soon as possible.
Most of us use WhatsApp to chat with friends and family but we also use it as a tool to organise social events, discuss times, dates and addresses and share photos and videos. This is the useful data that many of us refer to through our WhatsApp app regularly, and without this data we would be lost.
Why is backing up to iTunes important?
Newer versions of WhatsApp do not allow third party data recovery software to retrieve data from your iPhone directly
If you have an older version of WhatsApp, you will still be able to recover lost WhatsApp messages directly from your iPhone. However, since WhatsApp version 2.16.3 was released in 2016, WhatsApp has started to encrypt messages. This has made WhatsApp recovery from iPhones impossible through third-party recovery software for every iOS device running WhatsApp v2.16.3 and above. To check which WhatsApp version is installed on your iOS device, open WhatsApp and then navigate to Settings > Help – your WhatsApp version will appear at the top.
If you are using an older version of WhatsApp you can still retrieve WhatsApp messages you lost directly from your phone without a backup using Enigma Recovery data recovery software. Our software will allow you to transfer your existing WhatsApp messages from your iPhone to your PC or Mac by following a simple process.
What if you are running WhatsApp v. 2.16.3 or above?
If the version of WhatsApp on your iPhone is v. 2.16.3 or above, backing up to iTunes is important if you want to be able to recover lost or deleted WhatsApp messages with or without third party data recovery software. If you have a backup, there are a few options to consider when recovering deleted WhatsApp messages on iPhone, but using Enigma Recovery software is the best option as it allows you to target specific lost messages without having to resort to a complete iPhone reset.
What are your options for recovering deleted WhatsApp messages on iPhone?
So, what do you do if you’ve accidentally deleted some of your WhatsApp data files from your iPhone? First of all, don’t worry. You should be able to recover deleted WhatsApp messages on iPhone using one of the below options.
What devices is Enigma Recovery compatible with?
Compatibility - iPhones with iOS 14 - iOS 6:
- iPhone 12 Pro
- iPhone 12
- iPhone SE
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone 11
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone SE 2nd
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 5c
- iPhone 5s
- iPhone 5
- iPhone 4s
- iPhone 4
- iPhone 3GS
Recover deleted WhatsApp messages from iPhone directly
This is the approach that is recommended if you are running a pre-version 2.16.3 of WhatsApp. It will enable you to recover deleted WhatsApp messages directly from your iPhone using our data recovery software.
Download Enigma Recovery
Download the software to your Mac or Windows computer. You will need the full, unlocked version of Enigma Recovery.
Connect your iPhone
To allow the software to transfer iPhone data files to your computer, connect your phone to the computer via a USB cable. You may need to enable the connection on your iPhone by tapping ‘Trust’ on the popup notification on your device and the computer.
Scan iPhone for WhatsApp
From the dataset menu, select ‘WhatsApp’ to indicate you would like to copy WhatsApp messages to your computer. Now click ‘Start scan’.
View WhatsApp messages
The software will now scan your phone for existing WhatsApp messages. After the scan, you can view your data files within the WhatsApp tab.
Save WhatsApp messages
You can view all your data files and save them to your computer. Save your messages through the ‘Export & Restore’ function > ‘Export to desktop’ > Select location through ‘Browse’ > ‘Export’.
Recover deleted WhatsApp Messages from iTunes backup without overwrite
If you were not using the Chat Backup feature in WhatsApp, you can scan an iPhone backup created through iTunes (or Finder if you are using Mac OS X 10.15 or later) to find your deleted WhatsApp messages. Syncing your iPhone with iTunes or Finder when it is connected to your Mac or Windows computer will automatically include WhatsApp messages in an iPhone backup file.
You can carry out a full device restore using this backup file, however, this will overwrite any data files that have been added to your device since the iTunes backup was completed. To ensure that you can extract your WhatsApp messages and attachments, including photos and videos, without additional data loss, follow this method, using Enigma Recovery:
Download Enigma Recovery
Download the Enigma Recovery free trial. The application is compatible with both Windows and Mac computers.
Select ‘Recover from my iTunes’
Once the application has been installed and opened to the start screen, select ‘Recover from my iTunes’ from the side panel menu.
Choose iPhone backup file
The software will display all the Finder or iTunes backup files found on your computer. Select the one you would like to retrieve WhatsApp messages from and click ‘Continue’.
Scan for WhatsApp messages
Now select the data type(s) you would like to extract from your Finder or iTunes backup file. As we are aiming to recover deleted WhatsApp conversations, select ‘WhatsApp’ only. This will recover your chat threads and attachments. After you have done this, start the scan.
View WhatsApp messages
The scan time will depend on how many data types you have selected to scan, and how much data is saved within your iTunes backup file. After the scan, you can view your WhatsApp messages in the WhatsApp tab. To view WhatsApp attachments, click on the ‘Photos’ and ‘Videos’ tabs in the software, depending on the attachment you are trying to recover.
Save WhatsApp messages
Unlock the full version of Enigma Recovery to view all your data and save it to your computer. Save your messages through the ‘Export & Restore’ function > ‘Export to desktop’ > Select location through ‘Browse’ > ‘Export’ .
Recover deleted WhatsApp messages from iTunes backup
This method allows you to recover deleted WhatsApp messages from your iTunes backup without the use of third party data recovery software. However, it will involve an entire device restore and overwrite, which could lead to further data loss if your iTunes backups are not up to date, for example.
Connect your iPhone to your computer
Using your USB cable, connect your iPhone to your computer or laptop.
Once your phone is connected, iTunes should open automatically. If it does not, launch the program. You may need to ‘Trust’ the computer with your device.
Navigate to device screen
Click on the iPhone icon in the top left of the screen – the Device screen with all of your device information will be displayed.
Select ‘Restore Backup’
Under ‘Backups’ > ‘Manually Backup and Restore’, click ‘Restore Backup’. If you are using Finder, this option is in the ‘General’ tab. You should see a list of backups available. Choose the most recent or relevant backup to restore your iPhone, depending on which file includes the WhatsApp messages that you need to recover.
Keep your device connected whilst iTunes restores your device to the selected backup. All of the iPhone data from your previous backup will be transferred to your iPhone, replacing the current data.
Can I use Enigma Recovery free trial software to recover my deleted WhatsApp message files?
Yes you can. We recommend using our free trial software to scan your iPhone or iTunes backup file. It will show you a selection of the WhatsApp messages that our software has retrieved. This enables you to check that the messages you particularly want to recover, such as those with sentimental value or ones featuring important information, are available to recover before paying for the full version of the software in order to recover the data.
Can I lose more data when using Enigma Recovery software?
No, your iPhone data is safe throughout the scanning process when using our data recovery software. We have developed our software to create a backup of your device and use this backup during the scan, so the data on your device remains secure.
Which devices is Enigma Recovery compatible with?
Our software is compatible with the newest iOS mobile models, including iPhone SE, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. We are even compatible with iOS 13.