How to Recover Deleted WeChat Messages

WeChat is a multi-purpose Chinese app with over one billion active users monthly. It was developed by Tencent in 2011 for different engaging activities, including instant messaging, voice messaging, broadcast messaging, video conferencing, playing video games, sharing photos, videos and location. It has been described as a super app, but it censors politically sensitive topics in China. 

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Many people mistakenly delete chats and don’t know how to recover deleted WeChat messages on their phone (either iPhone or Android) with or without backup.

This guide will teach you how to recover deleted WeChat messages on Android or iPhone devices without backup.

Can You Recover Deleted WeChat Messages?

WeChat stores data in the WeChat cloud instead of the phone memory. The data is deleted forever without a backup. But it can be recovered without backup on the iPhone or iPad. Here are the different methods to retrieve chats on android and iOS devices.

How to Recover Deleted WeChat Messages on Android

WeChat uses a different approach for backup and restore options. It stores the chat history on its server so that the users can access the content of their accounts. The best way to do this is to connect to a PC and create a backup of your WeChat data, which you can retrieve locally later. But you can also retrieve your data on your phone by following these simple steps.

Step 1: Open the WeChat app on your Android phone by clicking on the app icon from your phone’s menu grid.

Step 2: After it displays on your screen, click on Settings.

Step 3: Now select the General Settings and click on Chat History Backup.

Step 4: The two options appear on your screen: Backup and Restore. Firstly, you need to create a backup of your data, and you can restore it at your convenience.

You can choose a Backup option directly or set a solid password to upload chat history safely.

How to Recover Deleted WeChat Messages on iPhone

Many people encounter losing WeChat messages on their iPhones. But, you can quickly restore your WeChat data from the iPhone when you have made a backup. iTunes and iCloud can help you back up the deleted data on the iPhone along with the existing data.

1. Restore WeChat History Using iTunes

You can easily retrieve deleted WeChat messages on your iPhone if you have already backed up using iTunes.

Step 1: Firstly, you have to launch iTunes on your PC and connect your iOS device. You have to pair your iPhone with iTunes.

Step 2: When a pop-up appears on the screen, select the iPhone option. Tap on the Restore Backup option in the bottom right corner of the Backups section.

Step 3: You can preview the chat history or messages you want to retrieve and select the data you want to recover.

Step 4: Now tap on the Restore button and wait until all your deleted messages are restored on the device.

2. Retrieve Deleted WeChat Messages Using iCloud 

You can restore the iCloud backup to retrieve your WeChat history. But you will have to erase all the data on your iPhone first. So, this method is not preferred because you can’t delete all other files to restore data from one app.

Restoring data through iCloud and iTunes is practical only when users lose all the data from their phones, not just one application.

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iStaunch is written by Dharmesh Donda, an avid Internet geek, IT professional since 2012. Have been in IT industry for more than a decade, and currently doing management and consulting work have taken a plunge into entrepreneurship.

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