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How to Recover WhatsApp Messages, Images and Videos on iPhone

As a WhatsApp user, you may have found that when you want to create a shortcut to the conversation with a certain contact, very likely you'll hit the next button - "Delete Chat" then choose "Yes" without hesitation. The message has been deleted successfully even before you realize it!

If you are using an Android phone, you can get it back if you have launched the auto-backup function and you have an SD card in the phone. WhatsApp allows you to backup data to your SD card every 24 hours automatically. But Apple users are not so lucky because Apple devices don't support external memory card. This is why Apple users are more prone to lose WhatsApp messages and hard to get them back after deletion.

To maintain the justice between Android and Apple users, WhatsApp Messenger has made updates. Since version 2.10.1, iOS version WhatsApp allows users to backup their WhatsApp text messages, voice messages, audio notes and images to iCloud (videos still unsupported). As long as you have enough space in iCloud and iPhone, you can restore these files in following steps.

1. Go to iPhone Settings > iCloud > Documents & Data and set on
2. Open WhatsApp Settings > Chat Settings > Chat Backup. Tap Back Up Now and create backup files manually. Choose Auto Backup then select the frequency, the data will be backed up to the iCloud automatically.

Please note that the only backup method mentioned above cannot be realized when your iPhone is out of internet connection. But what if you lost data before the backup file is created, or there's no internet connection? To be more secure, you need third-party backup and recovery software. Therefore, we recommend you FoneLab for iOS to recover lost or deleted WhatsApp messages, images and audios on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

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FoneLab for iOS

FoneLab for iOS is professional iOS data recovery software. It allows you to recover lost/ deleted files on iPhone/iPad/iPod touch, restore data from iTunes backup and backup the current files on your iOS devices.

First, download, install and launch FoneLab for iOS on your computer.

The first mode allows you to retrieve lost data directly from your iOS device. Launch the program and connect your device to computer via USB cable. Choose Recover from iOS device.

For iPhone 4/3GS, iPad 1 and iPod touch 4 users, you need to download a plug-in then enter scan mode following the guide on interface.

For users of other device types, click Start Scan to start directly.

After scanning, all the data on the device will be displayed under separate categories. Click WhatsApp, you can preview the text contents of the WhatsApp messages. Click WhatsApp Attachments, the media files attached in the message will be listed. Check what you want and click Recover. Seconds later, the files will be saved to your computer in formats you can open.

If you have made backup with iTunes on this computer, you can choose this mode to recover data from iTunes backup file.

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