Due to the intensive use that many of us tend to make of the tool, WhatsApp tends to become a true photographic repository. However, there are many occasions when we delete a valuable photo by mistake. What can we do to recover it? In this article, we will show you a few useful tricks to bring deleted WhatsApp photos back to life.
Try Downloading Them the Second time
When the deletion is recent, the messaging service’s servers act as a powerful safety net for images deleted by mistake. WhatsApp allows you to re-download the image that you have mistakenly deleted by tapping on the download button again.
Take Advantage of WhatsApp Web
In certain situations, the photos you just deleted on the mobile version of WhatsApp have not yet left the web version of the service. To try it you must open the web version by typing https://web.whatsapp.com/ in the browser of your computer, tablet or mobile device. Once you have logged in with the QR code, you can enter to review the chat where you deleted the image.
If not too much time has passed since the deletion, this is a technique that will allow you to reload the photo and store it on your computer, mobile or tablet.
Time to Pull Backup
WhatsApp backup was created for situations like these. It is very important that you have it activated because it can be the definitive solution when you delete a valuable image by mistake. Of course, you must make sure that the last backup that you have stored in Google Drive was made after you received the photo.
The first thing you should do, then, is check the creation date of the last backup in the WhatsApp configuration options within the chat section. If you need you can restore the backup.
Connect your Smartphone to a Computer
A somewhat more elaborate but equally effective solution is to connect our Android mobile phone to the computer through a cable and search for the lost images in the guts of the WhatsApp file system. Once connected, we must go to the ‘WhatsApp’ folder and then to ‘Databases’, which is the folder that contains the local backups.
We just have to restore the backup where we think the lost photos are by reinstalling the WhatsApp application without an internet connection to prevent the backup saved in the Google Drive cloud from being loaded.
Use a specialized app
They do not guarantee success in all cases, but there are several applications on Android that can recover deleted WhatsApp photos. WhatsRemoved+ and WAMR are some of the most downloaded in the Play Store and they will allow you to recover deleted messages, including images, by accessing your notifications.