Deleted WhatsApp photos and videos can be recovered in various ways on Android and iPhone (iOS). The feature is useful for those who have regretted deleting the media and need to restore it. However, it should be noted that the best way to prevent this from happening is to back up your chats frequently. However, if you are not a big fan of this practice, you can resort to some other alternatives, such as Google Photos, Google Drive or iCloud. It is also possible, for example, to use some applications to recover your media. Learn how to use the options in the following lines.
Restore backup from Google Drive or iCloud
WhatsApp has an automatic backup feature, where the media on the device can be saved to Google Drive, for Android users, or iCloud, for iPhone (iOS) users. However, the option must be activated before the moment the file is deleted, which is also a tip to avoid losing your media in the future.
To access the feature, simply click on the three dots in the upper right corner of the screen and select the “Settings” option. On the next screen, go to “Chats”, scroll down the screen and select “Chat Backup”. In this tab, users can check the frequency of backups, as well as the date they were last saved.
If the media was erased before the last backup, there is still an option to restore it by uninstalling and then installing the app. At that time, the ‘Restore’ option will be available to complete the procedure.
Use apps to view deleted messages
For Android users, it is possible to turn to applications that can recover deleted WhatsApp videos and photos. It is available for download from the Google Store for free. WhatisRemoved+, for example, works by detecting notifications from social networks to access messages. Therefore, it is necessary to allow the app to access all permissions when it is activated.
After that, it is necessary to select the WhatsApp icon, which appears on the main screen, and click “Yes, save files” to carry out the action. The application still has the difference of being able to save media from other social networks, such as Telegram and Facebook, for example.
Restoring works similar to WhatisRemoved+, which requires permission to access notifications and therefore external storage. There are tabs in the app that record deleted conversations and media files.
Check Google images
With a mobile phone sync in Google Photos, the user has access to a 60-day file recovery period, that is, if the Backup & Sync feature is turned on. If the feature is disabled, deleted files can be recovered in up to 30 days. Therefore, items remain in the Recycle Bin for a period of time, depending on your settings, before they are permanently deleted.
To recover, go to the Google Photos app and tap the Library icon. At the top of the screen, access the Trash option and see all your stored items. So, choose the specific photo to restore or permanently delete it.
Check the WhatsApp photo gallery on the device
When you clean your phone, some WhatsApp photos may be deleted unintentionally. On the plus side, it is possible to recover deleted photos from the messaging app using the device’s file manager or the cloud.
To do this, go to “File Manager” and select “Internal Storage” and then go to the “Android” folder and inside it click on “Media” and then go to the “Com.Whatsapp” and “WhatsApp” folder “, also ” Media” again to see the type of file to restore. In addition to photos, it is also possible to recover moving images, audios, documents, stickers, and videos.
In the case of photos, click on “WhatsApp Photos”. Then move the item you want to restore to another folder by clicking the share option and choosing this new folder. Still in progress, in the “Sent” section the user can also view all the photos sent through the application.