Today I had to uninstall whats-app as my storage was 100% and all the apps were constantly crashing. I thought I would recover it later. However my file manager app ES file explorer offered me to delete app data which I accidentally okay-ed. Now I have only backup of Media files as of date and Google drive backup of a month back.

My phone is running Android Kitkat 4.4.4 and is not yet rooted.

Is there any way to restore msgstore****.crypt12 files from whatsapp databases?

I have all the whatsapp media but without messages it wont make much difference.

Please help.

P.S I have uninstalled whatsapp and have disabled sync so not new data could get overwritten to simplify recovery.


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Is there any way to restore msgstore****.crypt12 files from whatsapp databases?

Yes, but you have to deactivate Google Drive sync. The only way is to remove Whatsapp from the authorized apps on this page:


After that, locate the backups directory where the .crypt12 files reside.

  • Make a copy of the newest one that you would like to recover
  • Call said copy exactly msgstore.db.crypt12
  • Reinstall WhatsApp
  • Wait until the setup asks you if you want to restore from the local backup (it won't suggest the one on Google Drive because you removed the authorization before)


  • Hi, I have deleted all the .crypt12 files from local storage. These is only one copy which is same as Google drive.
    – Adarsh Rao
    Apr 18, 2017 at 1:35
  • Wait, you deleted the contents of the SD card as well? O.o Apr 18, 2017 at 9:59
  • Yes sadly. I was thinking about this recovery tutorial but its way back from 2013 forum.xda-developers.com/galaxy-nexus/general/…
    – Adarsh Rao
    Apr 20, 2017 at 16:48
  • OK then the first step is taking out the SD card and doing a simple undelete with proper data recovery software. Then proceed as specified in the answer. Apr 20, 2017 at 21:25
  • Which software do you suggest? Most of them do not restore .crypt12 extensions. Only pics and videos can be recovered.
    – Adarsh Rao
    Apr 21, 2017 at 3:12

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