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How to read deleted WhatsApp messages on Android?

We’ve all made blunders while chatting. Quite often, until the ‘delete for everyone’ feature was introduced, we would send an ill-advised message and, later on, regret it. We could only wish for an unsend or delete message button to withdraw the message from the chat stream.

When the most popular messaging platform, WhatsApp, introduced the ‘delete for everyone’ feature on its messaging app in 2017, WhatsAppers went nuts about it. Why? The feature would allow them to delete their intentional or unintentional mistakes made while chatting with someone. Later on, other messaging platforms like Instagram Messenger and Telegram too launched this feature.

While most of the deleted messages have spelling errors or were just sent unintentionally, the delete messages feature comes in handy for those who might have texted an inappropriate message to their better half or a friend which they fear, when read, will create an issue between them. 

Or maybe they just couldn’t keep a most-anticipated surprise secret and revealed it through a message just a day before their wedding anniversary. Whatever may be the reason, we can’t deny the fact that this feature helps many a lame dog over the stile. 

This feature brought great delight to all the WhatsApp users and, interestingly, with time, there arose a need to read those deleted messages! Just human curiosity to know what was sent that just had to be deleted. 

If you too are curious, I’m going to tell you how to read the deleted WhatsApp messages on Android using a simple method. Read on!

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Read deleted WhatsApp messages using message recovery app

To read deleted WhatsApp messages on Android, you’ll have to install a data recovery app on your Android phone.  While there are tens of apps available on the Google Play Store to read deleted WhatsApp messages, I highly recommend you install the WhatsRemoved+ app. 

With a rating of 4.3 and more than 10 million downloads on the Play Store, the app stays in the top 3 on the chart for the best WhatsApp message recovery apps. The app is available for download on Android 4.4 and above and notably, it is not available for iOS. 

Since the app is free, there will be ads. However, you can disable the ads by buying a premium subscription from in-app purchases. 

The following are the top features on the app:

  1. One window to view all the deleted messages
  2. Easy configuration
  3. Save history notification
  4. Tab for each app and notification history

To read the deleted WhatsApp messages on Android, follow these steps.

Step 1: Install WhatsRemoved+ application on your Android phone. Ensure that you are connected to your mobile data or a wireless network to install the app.

WhatsRemoved+ app on the Google Play Store
WhatsRemoved+ app on the Play Store

Get the app by tapping the below button. 

Step 2: Open the app and read their privacy policy. Tap on Accept if you agree with the terms and conditions of the app. 

privacy policy of the app
WhatsRemoved+ privacy policy

Step 3: Read and accept the security warning if prompted to allow the app to access the notifications by turning the toggle on for WhatsRemoved+ app. 

Notifications access to the app
Notifications access

Step 4: Select the apps you want to save the notifications for and hit ‘Next.’

Select the apps you want to follow
Select the apps to follow

Step 5: In the next Window, tap ‘Yes, Save files’ to confirm. 

Confirm file saving
Confirm file saving

Step 6: The app setup process is completed. When you find a deleted WhatsApp message, look for a notification from the WhatsRemoved+ app and tap on it. You would be able to see the deleted message in the ‘Detected’ category. 

deleted messages in the app
Read the deleted messages in the app

Note: Only Accept the terms and conditions if you agree with their advertising policy. Read carefully about the app’s access to storage, files, and other data. 

Bonus tips

  1. WAMR – Recover deleted messages & status download app is yet another brilliant solution to your message recovery needs. Rated 4.6 on the Play Store and with more than 10 million users worldwide, the app is the best alternative to WhatsRemoved+. 

Users can recover text messages, media files, and also download status in WAMR. The app gains access to notifications and saves the notification history. Once a message is deleted, WAMR immediately detects it and shows the notification. 

  1. If you had erroneously deleted a chat on WhatsApp and want to restore it, you can do so by going to Settings > Chats > Chat backup > Back Up. Thereafter, change the Back up to Google Drive frequency to Daily. As the daily back up takes place at 2 am, you will be able to restore the deleted chat on the next day. Otherwise, delete the WhatsApp app and reinstall it. Follow the in-app instructions and enable the ‘restore chats from backup’ option and set the frequency to daily.

Suggested reads:

How to transfer WhatsApp data from Android to iPhone

WhatsApp private messages are not as private as you think

Deleted WhatsApp messages are easy to read!

The process of setting up the message recovery app is evidently pretty simple. Once you complete the app setup, you are all set to read the deleted WhatsApp messages on your Android device. To restore the deleted chat, enable chat back up from Settings as per the instructions in the bonus tips. 

I hope this article brought some value to your Android usage. Let us know about your experience with reading deleted WhatsApp messages on Android in the comments section below. See you with another interesting Android how-to article soon. Cheers!

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