How to Recover Deleted WhatsApp Photos & Videos from Phone’s Storage

In recent times, there has been the increase in Cloud storage for most of the apps like WhatsApp which has made it difficult to loose any photo or video from your Storage. But in some cases where you have not backed up the data and in the mean time deleted a Photo or Video or Gif shared with you on WhatsApp there is a way to recover or retrieve the file back on Android or Apple phones. This does not require installation of any third party app or giving permissions to apps to access your storage.

Any Media after being deleted manually – Photos or Videos will be stored in Device or cloud storage for a short period of time before being permanently deleted. So you can recover the Media files from the cloud by following the steps mentioned below in any Android or iPhone devices.

How to restore Deleted Photos or Videos in WhatsApp for Android or iPhone


How to Recover Photos & Videos on Android devices:

On WhatsApp the media which you have downloaded onto your device and deleted accidentally can be downloaded back from the Chat to which it was sent. All you have to do is follow the steps mentioned below:

  1. Go to the Chat box which you received the Image or Video from
  2. You will be seeing the Video or Photo is blurred and the size of the file is visible on it alongside a Down Arrow icon (download button)
  3. Tap on the Down Arrow option to start downloading the Image or Video which will be saved in your Phone storage (WhatsApp Folder)

The above mentioned steps were for the Photos or Videos which you have Received, but to retrieve the filed which you have Sent through WhatsApp you have to follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Contact and open the chat on WhatsApp in which the Photo or Video was shared.
  2. Now you will be seeing the Blurred Image or Video visible but you wont be seeing the (Down Arrow) Download option on it.
  3. You need to Long Press on the Media file and select the Share Icon
  4. Now you need to share the image again to the same contact or any other contact in order to download the Image to your Gallery.

Not sure why WhatsApp has two separate options for downloading the image when you send it and for when you receive it, but that’s the way it is and we have to deal with it.


How to Recover Photos & Videos on iPhone:

Note: Media like Photos and Videos will not get deleted right away from your device storage, it will be stored in Recently Deleted folder for 30 days which lets you recover the media files when needed in this time period.

  1. In your iPhone, go to the contact chat box where you have received or sent the Media file (if you have deleted the WhatsApp Chat history of the contact the photos will also be deleted)
  2. Now tap on the Photo or Video and tap on the icon (Box with up arrow) and you will be getting the options – Save, Forward, Share etc.
  3. Tap on “Save” and the deleted file will be saved on your Photos library.

These are the simple steps which can be used to recover any Deleted Files like Photos or Videos from your Android or iPhone devices. With WhatsApp becoming the major Instant Messaging service used across the globe, the sharing of photos and Videos has increased many fold among the Billion users in the World.

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