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How to restore deleted WhatsApp photos: 4 tips and tricks

WhatsApp deleted photos can be restored from a phone's internal storage and backup. So, here is how to restore deleted photos on WhatsApp.

| Updated on: Aug 21 2022, 23:01 IST
Want to recover deleted WhatsApp photos? Here is how to do it.
Want to recover deleted WhatsApp photos? Here is how to do it. (Pixabay)

As we all know, WhatsApp is the most popular and widely used messaging application that is used for sharing pictures, videos, status, apart from many other things. It is quite handy, when it comes to both personal or even professional purposes. We receive lots of images on WhatsApp from our family and friends. Sometimes we intentionally delete WhatsApp photos to clear the storage of the phone. Unfortunately, sometimes, some very important photos get deleted. If you have been using the app for a long time then you probably would be knowing most of the WhatsApp deleted photo recovery features.

But recovering a picture or file that has been deleted from a chat can be a difficult task. This happens mainly because you delete the WhatsApp photo directly from the app and the file stops appearing in the conversation. Also, by default, the file may not appear in the Gallery app on your phone either. If you have also deleted a picture or file from WhatsApp by mistake then you should know that there are several ways to recover them.

WhatsApp users can note that the application stores all messages and images locally on the phone. And, at the same time, it also ensures user privacy by avoiding storing any copy in the cloud. So, if you have not activated automatic cloud backup then you will lose all your important photos from WhatsApp once they are deleted.

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1. How to recover automatically saved WhatsApp images

WhatsApp, by default automatically downloads images from your chats to your device either on both Android and iPhone. Therefore you will first have to check photos app on your phone to recover deleted WhatsApp photos. If you are an Android user then you can look at the gallery or Google Photos app. While iPhone users should look in Photos.

However, if you did not find the deleted WhatsApp photos and you use cloud storage on your phone, there is still hope left. You can check inside Camera Uploads, Camera Roll, or similar folder on your cloud storage to find the photos.

2. How to recover your deleted WhatsApp photos from others

So, if you did not find it on your phone, you can check if the person (individual chat) or group of people (group chat) you interacted with has a copy of the message with the lost media attached. You can ask the person to look for the image and send it to you if they have it. However, if you have deleted the image for everyone, it becomes a bit difficult to recover the picture.

3. How to restore deleted photos from a WhatsApp backup

You can find WhatsApp data backup option on both the devices that is Android (Google Drive) and iOS (iCloud). If you do backup your chats and images it will be easy for you to recover them. However, if you have not done a backup in the past, this step will not work for you.

In order to create a chat backup you will have to open WhatsApp on your phone, go to Settings then Chats and then tap on Chat Backup.

4. How to recover deleted WhatsApp photos from your phone storage in an Android device

It can be noted that WhatsApp saves all the images and videos it sends and receives by default on Android and places them in a specific folder. Therefore there are chances that if you have deleted a particular image, you may find it in the internal folder. You need to go to your phone's internal memory then click on WhatsApp then Media and then go to WhatsApp images.

You will be able to find all the images that you have received on WhatsApp in this folder. You can also see a folder by the name of sent where you will find all the images you have sent. However, it can be noted that this step is not there for iOS users.

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First Published Date: 31 Dec, 17:24 IST