I wanted to clear&restore Whatsapp to make sure it deploys encrypted Google Drive backups. I've never done a Drive backup, only local.
I made a local backup on the fly, then wiped Whatsapp data using app settings.
I re-registered to WA but my chat history was totally blank! I found that the local directory
/sdcard/WhatsApp was missing in Google Files app.
Panic again. I am now restoring a NAS backup of my WA directory, but I am surprised to see that, while last synchronization occurred one week ago, all backup files are dated April 25th 2021.
Questions: does WhatsApp still store data in
/sdcard/WhatsApp? Does it get deleted automagically when you clear WA data from settings? If I have to format my device and don't have Google Drive backups, what directories should I backup?
Have I lost months of chat history??
Pixel 5, Android 12