How to read deleted WhatsApp messages on iPhone?

Among all the available platforms, WhatsApp is perhaps the most popular in Spain and also in many countries in Europe and other places in the world. The application, for some time now, allows us to delete messages once they have been sent. Do you want to know if it is possible to recover deleted messages on WhatsApp? Below we explain how.

Access deleted WhatsApp messages

Message Recovery on iPhone

iPhone users can use iCloud to recover deleted messages. To do this, it is essential that WhatsApp is synchronized with iCloud for this method to work. The steps to follow are those:

  • Uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp.
  • Select the option to restore WhatsApp backup from iCloud during the setup process.
  • Deleted messages should be available once the restore is complete.

Although WhatsApp does not offer a direct feature to view deleted messages, there are several ways to overcome this limitation. Whether restoring backups or using third-party applications, users have options to recover important messages that have been deleted. However, it is crucial to keep security and privacy in mind when using unofficial methods or third-party applications.

Although you already know that we normally target users of Apple products, today we will also make a special mention so that Android users also know how to recover deleted messages on their devices.

Recovery of deleted messages on Android

Most Android devices notify the user about incoming messages through the home screen. This feature can be leveraged to access messages that were deleted later. For users with Android version 11 or higher, following these steps might work to view deleted messages:

  • Go to 'Settings' on your device.
  • Go to 'Apps & notifications' and select 'Notifications'.
  • Activate the 'Notification History' option, where you can review recent notifications, including WhatsApp messages that have been deleted.

Another strategy involves using WhatsApp's backup feature, similar to the way we get it with the iPhone. By restoring a previous backup, it is possible to recover messages that were deleted after the backup was created. The process to achieve this is as follows:

  • Uninstall WhatsApp and reinstall it.
  • During initial setup, select the option to restore messages from a found backup, typically located on Google Drive.
  • After restoring, deleted messages should appear in the chat again.

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For both iPhone and Android, there are also third-party apps designed to record notification history, including deleted WhatsApp messages. However, it is important to exercise caution as these apps are not officially approved by WhatsApp and could compromise user privacy. Trying to use native methods first, such as restoring the backup, might be safer.