Summary: If you’ve accidentally deleted your important WhatsApp photos and looking for ways to recover them, then you’ve landed on the right page. This blog outlines some effective methods that can help you recover deleted WhatsApp photos.
User Query: “I’ve accidentally deleted all my photos, including the WhatsApp photos, from my Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. I just wanted to delete a few photos I didn’t want, but I carelessly hit the ‘Delete All’ button. I really want to recover my WhatsApp images. How can I recover deleted WhatsApp photos from my Samsung phone?”
Have you accidentally deleted the WhatsApp photos and now need a way to recover them? There’s no need to worry as there are ways to recover deleted WhatsApp photos. Read on to know how to recover deleted WhatsApp photos from Android phone, iPhone, PC, and Mac.
Ways to Recover Deleted WhatsApp Photos
Follow the below-given steps to retrieve deleted WhatsApp photos:
Method 1: Recover WhatsApp images that were saved automatically
By default, WhatsApp automatically download images from your chats on your device. You can check the photos app on your phone for the deleted WhatsApp photos. If you’re an Android user, check the Gallery or Google Photos app. iPhone users can check the Photos app. To narrow down your search, switch to the Albums tab and search for WhatsApp.
Method 2: Restore deleted photos from WhatsApp backup
WhatsApp offers an option to back up the chats for both Android and iOS versions (on Google Drive or iCloud). You can recover the deleted photos from the backup. However, it is to be noted that the WhatsApp backup function was activated before the images deletion. It won’t work, if you haven’t done the backup.
To recover photos, go to Settings > Chats > Chat Backup. Here, you’ll get the information regarding the last backup date and time. If you have deleted the images since the last backup, uninstall WhatsApp and then reinstall it to restore the backup and your images. For this, you’ll have to confirm your phone number. Once done, you’ll be asked to restore your data from a backup, if available. Accept this and WhatsApp will let you restore all your messages in the same way they were when the backup was done.
Note: You will lose all the WhatsApp messages since your last backup. Thus, make sure to save the important messages before restoring the previous backup.
Method 3: Recover deleted WhatsApp photos from phone storage (Android)
By default, WhatsApp saves all the received and sent images in a specific folder on the Android devices. If you delete an image from a chat, it remains on your phone in that internal folder.
To recover the image, go to your phone’s internal memory, click on WhatsApp > Media > WhatsApp images. This folder will display all the images that you have received and sent on WhatsApp. Check if your desired media file is there or not. If you’re looking for a media type other than photos, you can check the WhatsApp Video and other folders as well.
Method 4: Restore deleted WhatsApp photos on iPhone using iCloud backup
iPhone users can recover the deleted WhatsApp photos from iCloud or iTunes backup. However, WhatsApp photo recovery with iCloud will replace all your existing content on iPhone. Hence, don’t forget to take iPhone data backup before recovering deleted WhatsApp photos.
Steps to recover deleted photos using iCloud on iPhone:
On your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase all Contents and Settings.
Choose Erase Now and follow the on-screen instructions until you reach the Apps & Data screen.
Then, click on Restore from iCloud Backup.
Sign in to your iCloud account and select the recent backup > Restore. You can now restore the deleted WhatsApp photos from the backup.
Recover Deleted WhatsApp Photos with a Photo Recovery Software
You can restore the deleted WhatsApp photos using a photo recovery software, if:
WhatsApp photos were saved on your SD card and got deleted from there.
You’ve downloaded the WhatsApp media files while using WhatsApp web on your PC/ laptop.
In the above cases, a professional photo recovery software, like Stellar Photo Recovery, can help you retrieve the deleted WhatsApp media files. The software can recover deleted/lost photos from Mac, Windows PC, and external storage devices.
Sometimes, users accidentally delete the WhatsApp photos while deleting the chats or to free up space on their device. However, you can recover the deleted WhatsApp photos by following the methods mentioned in this post. In some instances, a professional photo recovery tool like Stellar Photo Recovery may also help in recovering the deleted WhatsApp photos.
Vandita Jain is a Technology Writer at Stellar. She is a Tech enthusiast, holding one+ year of experience in Data Recovery domain. She loves researching and providing DIY solutions and tips & tricks to solve Windows technical issues. Besides, she enjoys traveling and trekking.