Gadgetren – For some people, restoring a deleted WhatsApp account is certainly very necessary, especially if you still want to use it to communicate within the service belonging to Meta.
It’s just that we will indeed need a series of fairly long processes. Instead of simply entering a number to log into the service, we also still need to recover data from the related account.
Unlike most social media services, WhatsApp does not store data on its servers. So we are likely to lose some important things if we don’t recover them ourselves even though we have successfully opened an account.
Including some of them we can lose various conversations, photos, videos, to important documents that have previously been shared or received by the related account. The WhatsApp main page can even look completely blank as when using the service for the first time.
Even though it is long, restoring a deleted WhatsApp account and restoring the data on it is fortunately quite easy as long as you still have access to the backup number and file.
How to Restore Deleted WhatsApp Account
With Google Drive
- Open the WhatsApp application
- Click button Agree and Continue
- Enter the number of the desired account
- tap Next
- Click button OK
- Copy the OTP code sent by message into the provided field
- Wait for the service to verify the data
- Click Continue if WhatsApp asks for access to contacts and media to look for data backup
- If the Restore Backup page finds a data backup, click Restore
- Tap Next if the recovery process is complete
- Complete the photo and profile name then click Next to continue
- Set up data backup to Google Drive
- End by pressing the button Done
Restoring WhatsApp account in this way only applies if we have already set data backup to Google Drive. If not, then the recovery process can be done by using a local database.
With WhatsApp Local Database
- Open file manager on mobile
- Search and open folder Databases for the WhatsApp application
- Search the most recent database
- Change its name to msgstore.db.crypt14 (some can use older protocols like crypt12 so just follow the instructions)
- Delete and reinstall the WhatsApp application on the cellphone you want to use
- Login with phone number as before
- Verify with the OTP code sent
- Allow apps to access contacts and media
- Tap the button Restore if backup is found
- Continue by tapping Next
- Set profile photo and name then tap Next
- Complete the backup settings to Google Drive then press Done
It is important to note, the placement of the Databases folder can be different for each version of the operating system. We can generally find it on media internal > WhatsApp > Databases or media internal > Android > media > com.whatsapp> WhatsApp > Databases if you are using a new version of the operating system.
In addition to restoring deleted accounts and recovering data, the two methods above can actually be used when we want to move WhatsApp from an old cellphone to a new one.