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How to read deleted messages on WhatsApp – step by step guide

WhatsApp mobile app displayed on phone with WhatsApp on screen in this photo illustration. On 26 January 2023 in Brussels, Belgium. (Photo illustration by Jonathan Raa/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

WhatsApp has made a number of changes to its messaging service over the past few months, including most recently, the ability to edit messages, up to 15 minutes after they have been sent.

This can save you the embarrassment of making an unfortunate typo or of accidentally messaging the wrong person.

WhatsApp users also now have the power to delete messages which can leave the recipient frustrated and dying to know what was in the deleted message.

However, there are a number of simple tricks that iOS and Android users can use to uncover these messages – here’s how.

Delete the iOS app

iOS users can delete and redownload the WhatsApp app to recover deleted messages.

  1. Make sure your WhatsApp messages are backed up on iCloud

2. Delete WhatsApp from your phone

3. Redownload the app via the App Store

4. Sign back in to your account

5. A message will appear asking if you want previously backed up messages to be restored. If you select this option, all messages will be restored, including deleted ones.

WhatsApp deleted messages

WhatsApp users can delete messages after sending them (Picture: WhatsApp)

View notification history on Android

If you have Android 11 and above you can view messages deleted by the sender using the Notification History feature.

  1. Head to ‘settings’ on your smartphone and select ‘apps and notifications’.
  2. Find the ‘notifications’ option and then select ‘use notification history.
  3. You will then be shown a log of all notifications received by the device, which will include messages sent to you via WhatsApp which were then deleted by the sender.

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Restore WhatsApp database on Android

An alternative method for Android users is to restore WhatsApp messages through a database.

  1. Launch the file browser on your device.
  2. Head to the WhatsApp folder and click on ‘database’ where all of the locally saved backup files for the app will be located.
  3. Hold down the ‘msgstore.db.crypt12’ file and then hit ‘edit name’.
  4. Change its name to ‘msgstore backup.db.crypt12’ to ensure that it is not overwritten.
  5. Then, change the most recent backup file’s name to ‘msgstore.db.crypt12’.
  6. Next, open Google Drive on your phone and choose the menu option with three vertical lines on the upper right hand side.
  7. Click on ‘backups’ and erase your WhatsApp backup.
  8. Then, delete the WhatsApp app and install it again.|
  9. You will be prompted to recover WhatsApp through a local backup.
  10. Choose the ‘msgstore.db.crypt12’ file and click ‘Restore – this will restore all messages, even ones that have been deleted by the sender.

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