How to recover deleted photos from WhatsApp

WhatsApp is the social network most used by users to communicate with each other, with a level of acceptance in our country that exceeds 25 million according to the latest figures. That is why we are going to show you how to recover lost photos and videos in your account.

The WhatsApp application installed on our smart phones, whether iPhone or Android, offers the possibility of making backup copies to save the messages, photos and videos that you usually receive or exchange with your family and friends.

The social network carries out a backup so that, at any given time, you can restore them. The storage is carried out in Google Drive, and it is interesting to have this function activated to be able to recover it at any moment.

You can check in this article, some proposals of software Free to make backup copies of your files and documents for PC.

How can I activate the backup on my phone?

Next, we show you step by step how to proceed:

  1. Open the WhatsApp application on your mobile phone.
  2. Click on the three points to access Settings.
  3. In Settings, click on the Chats option.
  4. You can check the date and size of the last copy made by the app.
  5. Tap on Google Drive Settings and set the period you want the backup to take place: never, when you play, daily, weekly or monthly.
  6. As a last option, check the Include videos box. Mark the option if it is what you want.

What happens if you do not have the backup function activated?

All the files we exchange for WhatsApp, including photos, videos, audios, voice messages, documents and others, are stored in a local mobile phone folder. This is fixed by default after installing the application on the mobile.

In this way, unless you have deactivated any action for fear of running out of storage space, all your photos and videos will be stored in the memory of your phone.

Using a program that allows you to browse the folders of your Android mobile (if you do not have it, try downloading it is File Explorer from Google Play), access the location we indicate: Local> WhatsApp> Media. Browse according to the name or date of the photo or video until you find it.

If it turns out that you own an iPhone with the latest version of iOS 12, it turns out that you have a file manager under the name of Files. Click on its icon and navigate to locate the content you are looking for WhastApp.

Recover photos and videos from WhatsApp servers

The social network announced last year the functionality of saving backup copies on its own servers of all the multimedia files we received for a period of 3 months.

In this way, if the video or image accidentally deleted on your device has a period less than this period, we can recover it directly without problems. For this, it is essential that you have not deleted the chat where you received the photo or video.

If we meet the conditions set by WhatsApp, we will be shown a small miniature box with the unfocused image of the original file, with the possibility of clicking on a download icon.

Click on it and you can download the image again since the delivery has not been deleted.

What happens if more than 3 months have passed?

In the case that you have an Android phone, the solution is to use recovery programs, such as Restore Image. If you have deleted your WhatsApp photos and want to recover them, try installing The free app available on Google Play.

Many of these programs require additional conditions to be met, such as the fact that your device is in root mode of operation. In the case of Restore Image, it is not necessary to grant these permissions.

The application allows you to recover files from a selected folder, whether it is in the device memory or an additional microSD memory card. Mark the folder you want to scan and the application will show you what you found. Then click on Restore.

Can I use my PC or Mac to recover photos from WhatsApp?

If it turns out that none of the above methods have taken effect, you can try another additional option. The trick is to access the web version of WhatsApp through the browser of your PC or Mac.

Type in your usual browser the address With your mobile nearby, follow the instructions indicated. Press Men> WhatsApp Web. It will activate the camera mode of your phone and after focusing on the browser of your PC, you will already have WhatsApp on your device.

Once the WhatsApp account is activated and synchronized in the browser, access the chat where the photo or video that was deleted to try to recover it is located again. Click on it to try to download it again.

Finally, clarify that the video multimedia files and photos, as well as the messages you save in the WhatsApp application backup, will not be protected by end-to-end encryption such as when they are stored in Google Drive.

Delete and start from scratch

Whenever you uninstall the WhatsApp application, or change your phone and reinstall WhatsApp, the service offers you the possibility to restore your chats and multimedia files from a backup. You can also try this option.

Also, remember that whenever you are going to change your mobile, it is advisable to previously access the Settings of your WhastApp and make a backup at this moment. In this way, when you enable the new one, you will get the last conversations.

We also invite you to read the article on the best services to save your files in the cloud in a safe way.

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