How to Retrieve Deleted WhatsApp Messages and Contacts on iPhone

Just yesterday, I accidentally deleted messages and contacts number in WhatsApp on my iPhone 5S. Long ago I have got that the deleted data still maintain on the disk until it is overwritten by the new one, no matter for the files on computer, iPhone or Android phone. Therefore, I stopped using my iPhone immediately and found how to retrieve deleted WhatsApp messages and contacts iPhone on the internet ASAP.

At first, I was disappointed by reading the note below from official WhatsApp FAQ:
Since your WhatsApp conversation history is not stored on our servers, we cannot retrieve any deleted messages for you. In WhatsApp version 2.10.1 and later, you can use our iCloud backup feature to back up and restore your chat history.

iCloud backup is great yet it limits 5GB of free stored storage that I never thought about backing up my iPhone data with iCloud. Although I couldn’t recover WhatsApp messages from iCloud, I succeeded in finding another great way when kept on browsing, a little tool named Tenorshare WhatsApp Recovery which enables us to extract WhatsApp chat history and contacts from iTunes backup file or from iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS directly, even supports iPad and iPod Touch. No tech skills are required, without jailbreak. For my part, much easier that iCloud! No time to waste, let’s get started.

Above all, downloading Tenorshare WhatsApp Recovery program on your computer and install it. Next I'll take a step-by-step approach to explain how to recover WhatsApp data from iPhone without jailbreak with two ways.

Way 1: How to recover iPhone WhatsApp without Backup

This method exactly for iPhone users who do not have iCloud backup or iTunes backup before lost files. And of course for those people who lost WhatsApp messages and contacts due to accidentally deleted, iOS upgrade, factory restore and more. Let’s check how it is going in steps.

SETP 1: Launch WhatsApp Recovery and connect your iPhone with PC via cable, and the program will detect your phone automatically and begin scanning all your existing, old and lost WhatsApp chat, contacts, just wait minutes.

SETP 2: After the scan, the founded files will be displayed in categories as Chat and Contacts.
The interface as follow:
recover chat history contacts without iPhone backup

 >>> To retrieve chat history WhatsApp iPhone, click “Chat” and select the messages by checking the box in front of the messages on by one or simple choose all, and then hit on the Export button to extract it on your computer.
>>>To obtain WhatsApp contacts iPhone, check “Contacts” categories, mark them when you see the contacts you want, or just quickly select all, and save them on your computer with clicking “Export”.

Way 2: How to restore iPhone WhatsApp from iTunes Backup

If you use iTunes to manage your iPhone then you can get back your iPhone data from iTunes backup file easily. Unlike the method provided from Apple, with WhatsApp Recovery, you can complete the whole process without iPhone, it is especially suited when your iPhone was broken, water damaged, had iPhone stolen etc.

Important note: Disable auto synchronization on iTunes to keep your data safe.

Step #1: Run WhatsApp Recovery and move your mouse on the upper right portion of the software to select the backup of your iPhone. After that, the program will scan all the missing chat history and contacts on your iTunes backup by itself.

restore whatsapp messages contacts iPhone from iTunes backup

Step #2: The scan will stop few minutes later. You can preview all chat and contacts contained in the iTunes backup. To retrieve WhatsApp messages from iPhone backup, mark those WhatsApp messages you want and click “Export” to bring back them on your computer. Likewise, restoring WhatsApp contacts from backup is very easy.

One more tip:
Upgrade to Tenorshare iPhone Data Recovery to recover more data including photos, text messages, notes, safari bookmarks, call history and more, if you have such a need.


  1. Anonymous27/3/14 12:54

    Is it really working?
    I scanned and i couldnt find anything???

    1. Could you please tell me which way do you use?

  2. Anonymous15/4/14 15:06

    I scanned with the software but couldn't find anything..I used the first option

    1. Couldn't find any file or cannot find the WhatsApp you need?
      You are the second man told me such bug, this is a major problem and I will test it for more times. At the same time, you can also send an email to the customer support center ask for help.