You have decided to reread some Message that you sent to your friends a few days ago but, unfortunately, you realized you have them deleted by mistake or, perhaps, following a "carpet cleaning" aimed at emptying the memory of the device.
In any case, now your need is to retrace your steps, re-reading already deleted conversations. For this reason, in this tutorial I want to illustrate you how to read deleted messages through different methods and in the various applications of most frequent use.
Before starting, however, it is good to make an important clarification: the deleted messages (as well as any other deleted data) are quickly overwritten by other data, which thus occupy the memory space on the phone that was previously occupied by the latter; for this reason it is very difficult to recover them directly from the smartphone memory. In these cases, we mostly resort to previous backups made in the individual messaging applications: I'll talk about it in more detail below. Happy reading and good luck for everything!
How to Read Deleted Messages on WhatsApp
WhatsApp, the famous messaging app owned by Facebook, has now entered the daily life of all of us. Since its debut it has gradually established itself as the preferred application for communicating with relatives, friends and co-workers by many users around the world.
That said, you have a device Android or of an iPhone, the procedure you need to follow is quite similar. In fact, it is a question of going to recover the last one backup run by the application on the cloud space associated with the device. Furthermore, on Android there is the possibility to go even further back in time by "manually" restoring the backups that WhatsApp saves in local on the device memory; finally, it is possible to attempt to recover deleted messages directly from the smartphone memory, using programs used for the purpose, but as already mentioned in the past this path hardly leads to appreciable results.
Cloud Backup Restore
Il restore a backup is the most traditional way to recover deleted messages. Basically, a backup is the saving of all your messages (of all conversations) in a "package", which can later be downloaded again in WhatsApp to restore old messages. Clearly, the procedure goes to delete post backup messages, so before proceeding, consider whether the game is worth a candle.
In particular, a backup in cloud consists in saving one's messages in a space on the Internet, precisely called cloud (cloud). On Android this space corresponds to Google Drive, au iPhone a iCloud.
Typically, WhatsApp does automatically backup to the cloud with a certain frequency, both on Android and iOS. You can check this setting by going to the menu Settings> Chats> Chat Backup but, clearly, to recover old messages you must have already activated everything in the past; doing it now would be useless. To learn more, you can read my dedicated guide.
But let's get to the procedure for restoring a backup from the cloud su Android smartphone. What you need to do is reinstall WhatsApp for Android on your device or even another one, making sure this is associated with the same telephone number and at the same Google account than the one from which the backup originated. On Android smartphones, in fact, the backup is carried out on Google Drive, the US company's cloud service, to which the device "hooks up" later to retrieve the backup.
To verify, and possibly add, the Google account to your Android device, you need to go to the menu Settings, press on the item relating to account and select Google from the menu that opens. If there are no linked accounts, click on the item for add an account, Choose Google and enter your credentials. More info here.
Now you need to reinstall WhatsApp. If, therefore, the application is still present on your device, locate it on the home screen or in the app drawer, hold your finger on its icon and move it to the delete icon that appears on the screen. Alternatively, you can uninstall it from the menu Impostazioni> App of Android. More info here.
Now you need to reinstall WhatsApp. Pigia, therefore, on the icon of Play Store (the ▶ ︎ symbol colored), tap the search bar placed at the top and type WhatsApp inside. When the search is complete, click onicon of the app in the search results, then on Install and wait for the download and installation procedure of the same: at the end you will find the application on the home screen or in the app drawer. If you are asked to complete your account and enter a payment method for the Google account, ignored the thing, WhatsApp is 100% free.
At this point, start WhatsApp and follow the first app configuration process: as soon as you have verified your number, the device will automatically detect the presence of a backup on Drive. At this point, you just have to press the button Restore, to complete the procedure. You will see all your old conversations as soon as you enter the main application screen.
Su iPhone, as already mentioned, the procedure is very similar. In this case, however, the backup is made to iCloud and the smartphone on which to restore the WhatsApp backup must be associated with the same phone number as well as with the same phone number Apple ID than the one from which the backup originated.
To remove WhatsApp from iPhone, if still present, perform a prolonged tap on his icon, select the voice Remove app from the menu that opens and confirm. To reinstall WhatsApp on iPhone, then click onApp Store icon present on the Home screen or in the App Library, tap on the tab Search, bottom right, and type WhatsApp in search bar located at the top.
At this point, press the button Get next to the WhatsApp icon and, if required, use the Face ID, touch ID or password dell'ID Apple to start the application installation, which will be completed in a short time.
After starting and configuring the application, also in this case WhatsApp will automatically detect a previous backup on the cloud and will ask you if you want to restore it.
Then press on the option Ripristina chat timeline to bring previously deleted messages back to your device.
For more details on how to restore WhatsApp backups on Android, read the guide I have dedicated entirely to the topic.
Local Backup Restore
Il restore from local backup it is a very different procedure from the one illustrated above, available only on devices Android. On the platform of the green robot, in fact, the famous messaging application, in addition to cloud backup, also performs an automatic backup (every day, week or month, according to the preferences set by the user) on the device memory.
The restore, even in this case, only works on devices associated with the same phone number as the one that gave rise to the backup, but with an important difference: the local backup, unlike the cloud one, allows you to choose the backup file to restore and therefore allows you to choose the date on which to report the status of the chats. Cloud backup, on the other hand, allows you to restore only the most recent backup.
That said, let's take action. The process is a bit more cumbersome than that of cloud backup, but not complex. First, you need an app to manage files and folders more thoroughly. I will use File Manager +, a free and very simple to use application, but any file manager for Android is fine.
After installing the app and starting it, press the button in the shape of gray hard drive, top left, to open the list of folders inside the phone. At this point, move to the folder WhatsApp and, inside this, in the folder Databases (if you have moved WhatsApp to SD, instead of choosing the internal disk, you will clearly have to choose the SD at the beginning of the path).
Among the backups you will already find, choose the one you want to restore, which as mentioned can also be prior to the last one. Backup files are called msgstore- [data] .1.db.crypt12, where instead of "date" there is the date on which the backups date back.
Now, follow me in this delicate step: you will have to rename the file you have chosen so that WhatsApp will consider it as the one to choose when restoring the application. Therefore, hold down on the name of the backup you have chosen to restore, then press the button Rhinomine (bottom center of the screen) and enter the following name: msgstore.db.crypt12.
There shouldn't be another file with the same name in the same folder: if so, before doing what I just explained, press and hold the icon of that file and rename it as you like. To conclude this phase, I recommend that you create one copy of the backup file to restore in another folder on your device (in case the current one is deleted following the uninstallation of WhatsApp).
Good. Now, to prevent WhatsApp from looking for the backup to be restored on Google Drive instead of on the device memory, I advise you to temporarily disable the association between Drive and the application: you can do this by connecting to this page, logging in to your Google account and removing WhatsApp from the list that is proposed to you.
Now you can proceed as explained above for cloud recovery. Uninstall WhatsApp; then make sure that the backup file is still in its place (otherwise manually recreate the WhatsApp folders and insert it inside them), reinstall WhatsApp, follow the initial setup procedure and accept the backup restore.
For more details on how to restore WhatsApp backups on iPhone, read the tutorial I dedicated entirely to the topic.
Data Recovery Programs
If you don't have any previous WhatsApp backups to draw from, the only thing left to do is try the data recovery programs which, as mentioned, act directly on the smartphone memory and therefore guarantee little probability of success (unless the messages have been deleted shortly before the recovery attempt).
These programs must be installed on the PC, to which the smartphone must then be connected via cable. Among them, I recommend that you take a look at Wondershare Dr. Fone, one of the most famous for recovering deleted data from Android and iPhone, also including functions to perform full backups, restores and transfers of WhatsApp chats from one device to another. The program has prices starting from € 29,99, but is available in a free trial version that allows you to test its effectiveness before purchasing. I told you about it in more detail here.
If you prefer to act directly from your device and you have an Android terminal, you can instead try the WhatsApp data recovery function offered by the EaseUS MobiSaver app, which can be obtained for free but which, once tested its skills, requires the unlocking of the full paid version. More info here.
How to Read Deleted Messages on Messenger
You have accidentally deleted messages exchanged with your friends on Messenger and you don't know how to do it? Don't worry: although, even in this case, miracles cannot be done, I will explain to you how to read deleted messages on Facebook as far as possible.
The first solution that I recommend you to put into practice is to request a archive with a copy of all the messages you have exchanged on Facebook: you can do it from the Facebook for Android (also downloadable from alternative stores) and iOS / iPadOS by going to the menu ☰> Settings and privacy> Settings> Download your information, by checking the box relating to Message e premendo sul pulsating Create the file.
Alternatively, you can proceed from PC. In the latter case, log into Facebook from any browser, then click on arrow located at the top right i went his Settings and privacy> Settings. Now press on the item Your information on Facebook in the menu on the left, select the option Messages from the list you see, then click the button Create the file.
Facebook, at this point, will proceed to send a ZIP file containing your conversations to the email address associated with your account. Creating the file can take some time.
If you are lucky and instead of deleting Messenger messages you have them only archived, you can retrieve them by opening the Messenger for Android or iOS / iPadOS, looking for the nominative of the chat through the bar at the top and selecting the relevant result: if the conversation has only been archived and not deleted, you will be able to view it and, by inserting new messages in it, also bring it back to the Messenger home. More info here.
In conclusion, I want to tell you about a "trick" for Android, which hardly works but which in some cases has allowed to recover Messenger conversations: use a File Manager to go to the Main / internal memory (or in the SD), then in the path Android > data > com.facebook.orca > cache of your device and try to check the information in the cache file fb_temp. If you are very lucky, you may find some deleted chats inside.
Alternatively, you can try the "classic" data recovery software (as I explained to you in the chapter dedicated to WhatsApp) but, again, the hope of obtaining good results is low.
How to Read Deleted Messages on Instagram
Instagram. represents one of the most used social networks ever on both Android devices and iPhones. It is mainly based on sharing photos, videos and stories, but it also allows you to exchange messages with other users.
In this case, I only have to bring you bad news: it is not possible, in fact, to read deleted messages on Instagram, because being saved on a server when they are deleted they disappear permanently both for the user and for Instagram itself.
All you can do will be alone recover media, or photos and videos: in this regard, I refer you to my dedicated tutorial, thanks to which you can explore the topic in detail.
Alternatively, I remind you that you can request one copy of your data: photos, comments, profile information etc. directly from the official app of the social network, by pressing on yours avatar (bottom right), then the ☰ button, then the item Settings and looking for Download the data in the top bar. More info here.
How to Read Deleted SMS
There are not only social networks and online messaging applications: there are also those who prefer the classics SMS, which have depopulated until the arrival of the aforementioned Internet messaging systems.
You stai chiedendo how to read deleted messages on iOS or Android, but do you only use SMS? Well, the procedures I can recommend are mostly about programs and apps dedicated to recovery of deleted data. In this regard, I recommend my tutorial on how to recover data from mobile.