How to Restore Deleted Photos in WhatsApp

Accidentally delete photos that you still need from WhatsApp chat? You may need this guide to know how to restore deleted photos in WhatsApp with or without backup.

Demi by Demi Updated May 14, 2024
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WhatsApp is a popular messaging app that allows users to send and receive messages, photos, videos, and other media files. However, sometimes we may delete photos that are still useful from our WhatsApp chats by mistake or intentionally. Are you one of those who accidentally deleted important photos from your WhatsApp chats?

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Don't worry, there's a way to recover them! In this article, we'll show you how to restore deleted photos in WhatsApp using a few simple steps. If you've lost some important photos and want to retrieve them, follow these steps to restore them quickly and easily.

Part 1. One-click Recover Deleted Photos from WhatsApp Without Backup

The fastest and simplest way to restore deleted photos in WhatsApp is, of course, to rely on a professional data recovery tool, like FoneTool. Without technical requirements, FoneTool provides you with a one-click data recovery service, which enables you to preview and recover wanted deleted iPhone files, photos, videos, as well as media files and chat histories in apps, etc. without losing any previous files on your iPhone.

Now, you can download FoneTool to your computer, and follow the steps below to know how to restore deleted WhatsApp photos without backup via FoneTool.

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Step 1. Connect your iPhone to PC via USB. Run FoneTool, and go to Toolbox, and click iOS Data Recovery to continue.


Step 2. You can check the box next to the App Images and the other file types you'd like to recover, and tap Start Scan to begin the scanning process.

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Step 4. Choose the deleted WhatsApp photos you'd like to recover, and tap Recover to PC to save them to your computer.

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If you'd like to get these recovered WhatsApp photos back to your iPhone, you can rely on FoneTool's PC to iPhone transfer function to simply transfer photos from computer to iPhone

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Part 2. How to retrieve deleted WhatsApp pictures from backup

Without using any tool, you can also choose to retrieve deleted WhatsApp photos from backup. Depending on whether you are using iPhone or Android phone, the steps are different. Let’s get started.

Restore from iCloud backup [iPhone]

If you are using an iPhone, the in-app backup function in WhatsApp can help you backup WhatsApp to iCloud individually. Thus, you can choose to restore WhatsApp from iCloud to get back deleted photos from WhatsApp.

Please make sure you have the latest iCloud backup for WhatsApp by going to WhatsApp Settings > Chats > Chat Backup so that you won’t lose anything again. Now, follow the steps below to know how to retrieve deleted WhatsApp pictures on iPhone.

Step 1. Remove WhatsApp and reinstall it from the App Store > Open WhatsApp > Enter your phone number to verify your account.

Step 3. Tap Restore Chat History > Tap Next when the process is complete. Now, you can go to the corresponding chat box to see if the previously deleted photos have been restored.

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Restore from Google Drive backup [Android]

As for Android users, if you have prepared an in-app WhatsApp backup using Google Drive, you can restore deleted photos from WhatsApp and other files by restoring Google Drive backup.

Step 1. Go to WhatsApp Settings > Chats > Chat backup to ensure that your deleted WhatsApp photos have been backed up based on last backup time.

Step 2. Uninstall and reinstall the WhatsApp app > Open WhatsApp, and enter your phone number to verify your account.

Step 3. When asked whether to restore the WhatsApp backup or not, choose Restore > Tap Next when it’s complete.

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Other ways to restore deleted photos in WhatsApp

Besides utilizing the third-party data recovery tool or restoring WhatsApp backup, you are also given other two possible ways to restore deleted photos in WhatsApp.

Download deleted photos from phone storage

If you are using an Android phone, thankfully, WhatsApp on Android devices often stores user data to phone storage. If you deleted WhatsApp photos, chances are you may locate them in your phone's storage. The only issue is that it may be difficult to locate certain photos.

Step 1. On your Android phone, go to File Explorer > Internal Memory or Phone Storage, depending on your phone.

Step 2. Locate and tap on WhatsApp folder > Choose Media folder > WhatsApp Images to view all photos sent and received on your WhatsApp.

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Ask another participant for deleted WhatsApp photos

If you have tried every method above but fail to get deleted WhatsApp photos back, you can ask the person in a group you shared the photos with on WhatsApp to send them to you. However, this will only work if you did not select the Deleted for Everyone option when deleting the photos.

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That’s all for how to restore deleted photos in WhatsApp. Losing important photos from WhatsApp chats can be a frustrating experience, but with the right steps, you can restore them quickly and easily. Hope you can recover your deleted photos and enjoy your cherished memories once again by using the methods outlined in this guide.

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