How to Recover Deleted Photos and Videos from WhatsApp

WhatsApp is much more than just chat conversations. In fact, it is a means of communication that is often used to Sending videos, photos and other multimedia content is used. Accidentally deleted one of these files and want to recover them? In this article we explain all the methods available to you for this.

Check if you can still download the file

If you deleted the media file in your gallery, you may be able to recover it directly from the conversation. This is usually possible if the file is fresh is and the other user has not deleted it from their phone. It’s as easy as finding them in chat messages and clicking the download button.

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The photo or video reappears in the conversation and is also saved to the device’s internal storage.

Retrieve the photo or video using WhatsApp Web

Another resource that comes in handy when it comes to Recover multimedia files from your WhatsApp conversations, is the desktop application or web client. Download WhatsApp for Windows and macOS or visit the following URL in your browser.


On your phone, open the drop down menu and tap Linked devices (linked devices).

Link devices to WhatsAppLink devices to WhatsApp

Add a new device Link device added.

Add a new computer to WhatsAppAdd a new computer to WhatsApp

Scan the QR code that appears on your computer screen with your phone’s camera.

Scan QR code from the applicationScan QR code from the application

All messages, pictures and videos will be downloaded to your computer. Clicking the arrow in the top right corner of each file will take you to all options. Click on Downloadto save the file to your PC.

Download photo from whatsapp webDownload photo from whatsapp web

Then send the file to your phone using the USB cable or a cloud storage service.

Restore a previous backup of WhatsApp

If none of the solutions we have given you so far have worked, we recommend that you restore the backup you made on Google Drive. This is where the photos and videos (the latter only if the option has been explicitly activated) of your conversations are saved. First check when the last backup was made. Go to your phone’s settings and click Chats.

Open chat settingsOpen chat settings

Open the section Chat-Backup to see all available settings.

Access to the backup historyAccess to the backup history

Check the time of the last Google Drive backup.

Check the time and date of the last backupCheck the time and date of the last backup

This will tell you if the photo or video you deleted is included in the backup. If yes, go back to the home screen, long press on the WhatsApp icon and go to the information area of ​​the app.

Open WhatsApp application informationOpen WhatsApp application information

Open storage settings to continue.

storage optionsstorage options

tap Clear storage (clear memory) to reset the app.

Reset the applicationReset the application

Now log back into WhatsApp and set up your account. Once you have permission to retrieve the backup from Google Drive, do it.

Restore backup during WhatsApp setupRestore backup during WhatsApp setup

Your conversations will be restored along with your videos and photos.

Use Google Photos backup

It is possible that Google Photos backs up the photos and videos you receive via WhatsApp. There’s no harm in logging into your app and checking it out.

Synced photos in Google PhotosSynced photos in Google Photos

If you deleted the picture from Google Photos and it was synced to the cloud, you can recover it by accessing the Trash.

Trash in Google Photos Trash in Google Photos

It’s as easy as picking it up and on Restore (restore) to type.

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Remember that you have 60 days from the time you deleted the photo or video to get it back.

Try using DiskDigger to recover deleted photos and videos

If you’ve exhausted the above options, DiskDigger can bail you out with its photo recovery feature. Download Malavida’s APK and install it on your phone.

Then press the search button to search the internal storage.

Start scanning deleted imagesStart scanning deleted images

After that, all the deleted photos that DiskDigger was able to recover will be displayed. Find the file you accidentally deleted, select it and use Recover (restore) to restore them.

Select and restore photoSelect and restore photo

Choose the destination where the tool should save the recovered image.

Choose a destination for the restoreChoose a destination for the restore

Please note that this method is not infallible and it is not always possible to recover photos using this application. Also, it doesn’t support video files.

Ask your contact for the picture or video

Finally we come to the most humane solution: Ask your contacts to resend the photo or video to you. Chances are they still have a copy of it and have no trouble getting it to you.

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