WhatsApp boasts more than one billion users in over 180 countries. I bet that the one who is watching this article has WhatsApp installed on iPhone. We send and receive lots of messages to and from friends, families or strangers. Apart from text and audio messages, people like to share images and videos on WhatsApp, which express much more than words can do. It’s pleasing to share or be shared while it must be terrible when pictures and videos are gone along with chats on WhatsApp. Though it barely happens, others have experienced or are experiencing such an issue.
- Feasibility: Is it Possible to Get Lost Photos and Videos back on WhatsApp?
- Method 1: Restore Pictures and Videos without Backups
- Method 2: Retrieve Images and Videos from iCloud Backup Files
- Method 3: Retrieve Photos and Videos from iTunes Backup Files
- Notes: 4 Ways to Backup Photos and Videos after the Restoration
Many people feel frustrated when they inadvertently deleted chat history on WhatsApp. It’s believed that lost data are gone and impossible to be restored. However, I have to say that this is an incorrect thought. Once deleted, contents turn invisible and inaccessible but still exist in storage, which seems as if they’re erased and gone. As long as lost data are not yet replaced by new data, there is still a chance to get them back even without backups.
As is mentioned on the previous section, you have to stop using your iPhone in case that lost photos and videos be overwritten. For the reason that lost contents are inaccessible by original program, we have to depend on another software known as iPhone Data Recovery, which is designed to perform recovery on iOS devices with up-to-20 types of data available. Let’s see how it works now.
Step 1. Scan Lost WhatsApp Photos and Videos
Note that if you’ve stored lots of chats on WhatsApp, it might take a while to finish scanning.
Step 2. Preview and Restore WhatsApp Media Files
Note that deleted ones will be scanned out and marked in red with a small bin ahead.
Method 2: Retrieve Images and Videos from iCloud Backup Files
Step 1. Download WhatsApp Attachments from iCloud
Note that any of your private information will not be recorded or stored. Please be reassured.
iCloud backups will be listed on the screen. Please choose one and click on “Download”. Then, you will be prompted to choose types of data to download from iCloud. Please select “WhatsApp Attachments” and click “Next” to go on.
Now, you are able to view the WhatsApp photos and videos. Then, please choose desired items and click on “Recover to Computer”. Decide the route to save those media files and they will be exported to computer intact. You can then check then in full size.
Method 3: Retrieve Photos and Videos from iTunes Backup Files
Step 1. Start Scanning an iTunes Backup
Note that if you’ve changed the default route of iTunes backups, you might need to select the files on your own.
Step 2. Preview and Retrieve WhatsApp Conversations
Note that video files might be unable to be previewed in full size before the recovery.
Notes: 4 Ways to Backup Photos and Videos after the Restoration
Backup via WhatsApp Manager
Step 2. Choose “Backup WhatsApp messages” option.
Step 4. Click on “Backup” button and it’s done within a click.
Backup via WhatsApp
Step 2. Go to “Settings” > “Chats” > “Chat Backup”.
Note that it supports an auto backup feature (Daily, Weekly and Monthly).
Step 1. Launch the latest version of iTunes on Mac/PC.
Step 3. Click on “Phone-like” button to enter “Summary” page.
Note that you can encrypt your iTunes backup with passcode.
Step 1. Open “Settings” on your iPhone/iPad/iPod.
Step 3. Scroll down and choose “Backup” option.