Old Chats are disappearing from my Chat-Overview in Whatsapp. I did not delete them, and they are still there: When I search for a contact and then click on them, I can see all the messages of the chat, but nevertheless this chat is missing from the Chat-Overview.

Now my problem is: One of my contacts has quit whatsapp over a year ago, so their account is not active anymore. And therefore I do not see them in my contacts-list. If only I could click (or tap) on that contact, then all the messages would be there again, I am quite sure.

But how can I open this chat, which is not visible in the chat-overview anymore and does not have a valid contact attachted to it?

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    As suggested bellow, try search a specific word you wrote to them (your inactive contact) or write their name in the search bar.
    – esQmo_
    Oct 29, 2017 at 20:26

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My guess is, that you archived your chats. To find your archived chats, scroll down to the bottom of main WhatsApp page and you'll see the archive tab. Open it and your chats should all be there. Long press on any of them and move them back.

You can also try searching for a word that you might have written to a contact. For example, if you search for the word "thanks" in WhatsApps main search bar, that should bring up any chat that the word was written in.

  • You can also search for your friends chat by entering his old number in the main search bar
    – aBochur
    Oct 26, 2017 at 16:35
  • Unfortunatly the chat is not archived, I checked. And I did not delete it either. I also restored an old backup into whatsapp. At the time of the backup the chat was definetly there. Restoring the backup did reset all chats to their respective state at the time, but the chat in question remained invisible. Oct 27, 2017 at 9:12
  • entering the old number in the search bar does not yield any results for that specific contact Oct 27, 2017 at 9:15
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    Here's a few things to try: 1. search a word that you might have written to him. For example if you search the word 'thanks' in WhatsApp, it will show all chats that you ever write that word to. 2. If you were in a group with him, go into that group and look for a post from that contact, click on the phone number, and it should open the chat with that contact. If none work, i have a few more suggestions
    – aBochur
    Oct 27, 2017 at 15:51
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    searching for the word I had written in the chat did the trick! I did find the chat!!! You should definetly update your answer so that everyone else will be able to find your solution! I am voting up your answer now :-) Nov 2, 2017 at 9:58

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