How to Recover Deleted Photos and Videos on Whatsapp

Recovery of deleted WhatsApp photos can be possible if you have a recent backup of the application. Here are the steps to recover deleted photos on WhatsApp:

  1. Check your device's Gallery: When you receive a photo on WhatsApp and save it, it will also be saved in your device's gallery. Make sure the photo you want to recover is in your device's WhatsApp folder or photo gallery.
  2. Check WhatsApp conversations: In WhatsApp, received photos are stored in conversations. Open the conversation the photo was in before it was deleted and scroll until you find the photo. Even if you have deleted the photo from the WhatsApp gallery, it can still be present in the conversation.
  3. Use WhatsApp backup feature: If you have enabled WhatsApp backup in settings, you can recover deleted photos by restoring a recent backup. However, this process will erase all messages and media exchanged after the backup was created.

To restore a WhatsApp backup on Android devices:

  • Uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp from the Google Play Store.
  • During setup, you will be asked to restore your messages and media from a previous backup.

To restore a WhatsApp backup on iOS devices:

  • Uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp from the App Store.
  • During setup, you will be asked to restore your messages and media from a previous backup.

Keep in mind that if you don't have a recent WhatsApp backup or if the backup doesn't include the deleted photos, it might be difficult to recover photos directly from the app. In that case, you may need to use third-party data recovery tools or professional services specializing in data recovery.

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Didn't backup? There is still hope! 

If you deleted the photos from your phone, but they are still present in the conversation with the person you sent them to, you can recover them by following these steps:

  1. Open WhatsApp conversation: Go to the conversation where you sent the photos.
  2. Tap the sent photo: Scroll up in the conversation until you find the specific photo you want to recover.
  3. Tap and hold photo: Press and hold the photo to select it.
  4. Select “Save” or “Save media” option: Depending on your device's operating system and WhatsApp version, the option may vary. Typically, you'll find an option like "Save" or "Save Media" at the top of the screen. Tap this option to save the photo to your phone's gallery.

By following these steps, the photo you uploaded and deleted from your phone will be saved back to your device's gallery.

However, it is important to remember that if you have permanently deleted the photo from your gallery and also no longer have access to the conversation where the photo was sent, it can be difficult to recover it. In this case, you may need to contact the person you sent the photo to and ask them to re-send it.