For a number of reasons, I just deleted my entire Whatsapp images folder by accident. I backed Whatsapp up yesterday morning, but yesterday night I had a sentimental conversation with a friend about some issues I've been having, and I don't want to lose that either. How can I go about doing this without losing that conversation?

  • No you can't(realisticaly). Recovering data from a deleted folder on a phone might result in a couple bits being recovered with the right tools but not even a sentence of the conversation.
    – William
    Apr 12, 2018 at 20:22
  • If that doesn't work then, how can I restore a backup if Whatsapp came with my phone, and thus can't be uninstalled, only disabled? Apr 12, 2018 at 20:29
  • your terminology/phrasing does not make sense to me. I'll take I guess what you mean. When you restore your phone to factory settings the default apps are not touched at all only the android OS. If you take to a professional shop $100+ dollars they might be able to recover something but highly unlikely.
    – William
    Apr 12, 2018 at 20:47
  • I believe you are wanting to merge to backups is that right? Your question is not clear.
    – William
    Apr 12, 2018 at 20:50

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You actually could have a perfect backup that was automatically created after night conversation and before accidental erasing. Whatsapp creates local backup files at 2 am (up to 7 states), also it saves data to Google Drive (if configured). Check dates of files in sdcard/WhatsApp/Databases as well as in Drive interface (again, if Drive backup was configured). If automated backup was not performed in a desirable timeframe you will need to mess with local backup files and apps reinstallations to get your old, yesterday state, copy images to safe folder and restore a backup with night conversation. Official FAQ states that you can force an app to restore a particular backup file:

To restore a less recent local backup

Your phone will store up to the last 7 days worth of local backup files (Google Drive will only have the most recent one). If you wish to restore a local backup which is not the most recent one, you will need to do the following:

  1. Download a file manager app.
  2. In the file manager app, navigate to sdcard/WhatsApp/Databases. If your data is not stored on the SD card, you may see "internal storage" or "main storage" instead of sdcard.
  3. Rename the backup file you wish to restore from msgstore-YYYY-MM-DD.1.db.crypt12 to msgstore.db.crypt12. It is possible that an earlier backup may be on an earlier protocol, such as crypt9 or crypt10. Do not change the number of the crypt extension.
  4. Uninstall WhatsApp.
  5. Install WhatsApp.
  6. Tap Restore when asked.

Sources: https://faq.whatsapp.com/en/android/20887921/?category=5245251 https://support.google.com/drive/answer/6305834?co=GENIE.Platform%3DAndroid&hl=en

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