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How to Recover Deleted WhatsApp Messages without Backup

By Wian LJ, Last updated: April 23, 2019

WhatsApp is used by billions of people worldwide for their daily conversations whether personal or business. Deleted conversations are the most common scenario that WhatsApp users are experiencing. Then, How to restore deleted WhatsApp Messages without backup?

Once the conversation is deleted, you can easily restore it from the backups. But what if you have no backups on Android Devices???

Let's see the WhatsApp official said about recover deleted WhatsApp messages:

WhatsApp chat histories aren't stored on our servers; we cannot retrieve any deleted messages for you. You can use our iCloud backup feature to back up and restore your chat history. -- from WhatsApp official website

What a disappointing thing! Don't worry, FoneDog provides you the method to recover deleted WhatsApp Messages on Android without backup! Let's see below solution.


Recover Whatsapp Messages Without Backup
Here is how to recover Deleted WhatsApp Messages without Backup

Part 1. How to Restore WhatsApp Messages without Backup.

However, if you have not set any backups then that’s where the problem begins. There is no other way to recover deleted WhatsApp messages without backup in Android devices but to use recovery programs.

Recovery programs are a reliable and effective method to get those old and new WhatsApp chat histories without causing too much stress. FoneDog Toolkit- Android Data Recovery directly scans all the deleted WhatsApp messages from the Android phone and extracts them for easy recovery.

This tool has all the features you need in a WhatsApp recovery program:

  • Highest retrieval rate in the industry
  • Compatible with almost 6000+ Android devices including the latest Samsung Galaxy S8
  • Recovers lost files like Contacts, Messages, WhatsApp Messages & Attachments, Call History, Photos, Videos, and more
  • Easily recovers data on any Android devices with or without root
  • Compatible with both Windows and Mac computers
  • No data overwriting
  • With Preview and Selective recovery options

What more can you ask? FoneDog Toolkit- Android Data Recovery is trusted by most Android users because of its 100% security and effectiveness.

Here are the complete steps in using FoneDog Toolkit- Android Data Recovery:

Step 1. Download, install FoneDog Toolkit- Android Data Recovery and connect Android

First, make sure you have the program running on your computer by downloading and installing FoneDog Toolkit- Android Data Recovery. After complete installation, connect the Android phone to the computer using a USB cable.

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Step 2. Enable USB debugging

The next step is to debug the Android phone in order to establish a connection between the computer and the smartphone. If you have not yet enabled the USB debugging on the Android phone then FoneDog Toolkit- Android Data Recovery will ask you to do so.

(For 4.2 Android versions and above: Go to “Settings”>Tap “About Phone”> Tap “Build Number” 7 times “You are under developer mode” message appears> Go back to “Settings”> Tap “Developer Options”> Toggle “USB debugging” on.)

Click OK on the Android phone when the USB debugging is turned on and click OK on the program screen to continue.

Allow Usb Debugging

Step 3. Choose WhatsApp Messages to scan

After you have established a secure connection and the program have detected your phone, it will display all the possible files for recovery such as Contacts & Messages, and Media contents.

Among the lists, tick the box for WhatsApp messages and then click ‘Next’ to continue.

Choose Whatsapp

Step 4. Recover Deleted WhatsApp messages without backup

FoneDog Toolkit- Android Data Recovery will now scan the entire Android device so it may actually take a while before the scanning is completed. Once done scanning, you can now see all the deleted WhatsApp messages onscreen. You can also find other files like deleted contacts, messages, call logs, and more.

Go over the WhatsApp messages and find those deleted conversations. Mark the messages you only wish to recover if you don’t want to restore the entire recovered items.

FoneDog Toolkit- Android Data Recovery allows selective recovery by simply clicking on the boxes of the desired conversations you need. Don’t forget to create a new folder on the computer to save the conversations.

After you have chosen the desired messages to recover, click on the ‘Recover’ button at the end of the screen.

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In just a matter of a few clicks, you have learned how to recover deleted WhatsApp messages without a backup on Android devices.

FoneDog Toolkit- Android Data Recovery also offers the free trial version for those who want to try and discover how amazing this program is. It can recover 1 year old WhatsApp messages without backup!

Part 2. How to Recover Deleted WhatsApp Messages from Local Backup.

Even if you have not used any backups on the Android phone, as of April 2017, the recent WhatsApp update includes an automatic local backup done at 2 am every day. The conversations will be saved on a local storage of the Android device.

Since most Android is equipped with an external SD card, the chat histories can be found on: sdcard/WhatsApp/Databases otherwise it can be seen on the ‘internal’ or ‘main’ storage of the device.

WhatsApp does not save the conversations on their servers but they made it possible for every Android device to save a copy of the chat histories locally.

If you are well familiar with how to navigate your device then follow these steps on how to recover your deleted WhatsApp conversations.

  1. Remove the SD card from the Android device and plug it into an SD card reader. You can also use a file manager app to access the SD card.
  2. Go to the given file path: sdcard/WhatsApp/Databases
  3. Change the name of the backup file you need to restore from msgstore-YYYY-MM-DD.1.db.crypt12 to msgstore.db.crypt12. No need to change the number of the crypt extension.
  4. Uninstall WhatsApp from the phone
  5. Reinstall WhatsApp (make sure you are using the same mobile number)
  6. Tap Restore when it prompts you to restore the found backup


If the backup file is not found on the SD card then navigate to ‘internal storage’ or ‘main storage’ folder.

Recovering deleted WhatsApp messages from a local backup is only good for the past 7 days. If you need to restore more than the said timeframe then consider the first option given above which is to use FoneDog Toolkit- Android Data Recovery.

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Video Guide: How to do WhatsApp Data Recovery without Backup.

Part 3. Summary for Recover Deleted WhatsApp messages on Android without Backup.

In this article, you have just learned how to recover deleted WhatsApp messages without backup by using an effective program called FoneDog Toolkit- Android Data Recovery.

You can also recover deleted WhatsApp messages from the local backup which is saved on the SD card for about 7 days however in case you need to restore messages longer than the available backup and as long as the data is not overwritten on the Android, surely FoneDog Toolkit- Android Data Recovery, will take care of the recovery.

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