Recover 1 Year Old WhatsApp Messages without Backup [iPhone & Android]

by Jenefey Aaron   Updated on 2023-11-03 / Update for  WhatsApp

People use WhatsApp to chat with friends and family members. Sometimes you may accidentally delete WhatsApp messages that are of utmost importance to you. These messages can be 1 year old or even older. It is easy to restore old WhatsApp chat history from backups. But what if you don't have backups? How can you get them back?

As it turns out, there are a few ways to recover old WhatsApp messages with or without backup. Depending on whether you have an Android or an iPhone, the instructions on how to recover 1 year old whatsapp messages without backup differ. With that said, let's see the solutions in details.

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Part 1. How to Recover 1 Year Old Whatsapp Messages on Android

Recovering 1 year old WhatsApp messages on Android is straightforward. You can use a third-party WhatsApp recovery tool, WhatsApp local backup and Google Drive backup to get back your old WhatsApp messages.

Way 1. Use UltData WhatsApp Recovery to Recover Old Whatsapp Messages without Backup

Designed for WhatsApp users, Tenorshare UltData WhatsApp Recovery is able to retrieve old WhatsApp messages without backup on Android. Follow the steps below to restore deleted WhatsApp messages in minutes.

  • Download and install UltData WhatsApp Recovery on your computer and run the software. Connect your device to computer via a USB cable.

  • From the main interface, click on "Device" and then select "Android".

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  • Follow the on-screen instruction to enable USB debugging on your android phone.

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  • After that, your android phone will be detected. Click “Start” button on the program to recover WhatsApp data.

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  • Now the program will uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp on your Android to scan the WhatsApp data. Do connect your Android and computer in the process.

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  • When the data scanning is finished, all WhatsApp data will be displayed including your one-year-old deleted Whatsapp messages. Select the message you want and click the “Recover” button.

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Video Guide: How to Recover Old Whatsapp Messages without Backup on Android

Way 2. Recover 1 Year Old Whatsapp Messages from Local Backup

WhatsApp for Android is equipped with a local backup solution that automatically creates backup of your chats and saves it as an encrypted file in your phone's local storage. With this default feature, you can try to recover old WhatsApp messages.

  • Open File Manager or My Files on your phone and tap on "Internal Storage" or "Phone Storage".
  • Find out and tap on WhatsApp and then select the Database folder. Make sure there is a file named msgstore.db.crypt12, which is the backup you need.

    The protocol might be crypt9 or crypt10. Don't change the number of the crypt extension.

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  • Now, uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp from your phone. Launch WhatsApp and verify your WhatsApp account.
  • When you are prompted to restore messages and media from your phone's internal storage, tap RESTORE to restore the backup data.

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Way 3. Recover 1 Year old Whatsapp Messages from Google Drive Backup

Besides local backup, you can also back up Whatsapp messages to Google Drive. And if the Google Drive backup you have enabled includes your old WhatsApp messages, then congratulations! Here is the procedure to recover deleted whatsapp messages.

  • Uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp on your Android phone
  • Open WhatsApp and enter your phone number to verify.
  • Tap “Restore” option when it pops up a windows to ask you confirm.
  • Next, tap “Next” when the restore process is completed, and then your WhatsApp chats will be displayed after a while.

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Notes:

  • Chances are low for the 1 year old messages to be present on your local or Google Drive backup.
  • You are unable to selectively restore the WhatsApp messages you want from backups.
  • Google Drive backups that haven't been updated in 5 months will be automatically deleted.

Part 2. How to Recover 1 Year Old Whatsapp Messages on iPhone

For iPhone users, there are also several options to get 1 year old WhatsApp messages no matter they have backed up WhatsApp chat history or not. Let's see how they work to retrieve deleted WhatsApp messages.

Way 1. Use UltData WhatsApp Recovery to Recover Whatsapp Messages without Backup

Let's start by talking how to recover 1 year old Whatsapp messages without backup on iPhone via Tenorshare UltData WhatsApp Recovery.

  • Download and launch UltData WhatsApp Recovery on your Windows PC or Mac, click on "Device" and select "iPhone".

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  • Connect your iOS device to your computer via a cable and then click Start Scan.

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  • After the data scanning process, you can prview all the messages and media files. Select the messages you want and then click on "Recover".

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  • Wait for the recovery process to complete. You will see the 1 year old WhatsApp messages on your computer.

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Way 2. Restore 1 Year old Whatsapp Messages from iCloud Backup

WhatsApp offers the iCloud backup option to its iPhone users, making it possible to retrieve their deleted WhatsApp messages. If you’ve enabled backup in WhatsApp Settings, then follow the instructions below to learn how to get back old WhatsApp message by restoring from a previous iCloud backup.

  • Firstly, check if there is an available iCloud backup for you to retrieve deleted whatsapp messages. Open WhatsApp, and go to Settings > Chats > Chat Backup.

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  • After confirmed, uninstall and then reinstall WhatsApp on your iPhone.
  • Launch WhatsApp and verify your phone number.
  • Follow the prompts to restore your chat history.

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Write in the End

Cutting the chase, we just had a look on how to retrieve one year old deleted WhatsApp chats. You can use your backup to retrieve the messages. But if no backups are available, using Tenorshare UltData WhatsApp Recovery will be the most suitable option to restore deleted WhatsApp Messages without backup on both Android and iPhone. Leaving the rest to your fine judgement, we know that you will make the best choice from the above mentioned solutions.

Your Trustworthy WhatsApp Data Recovery Software
  • Recover deleted WhatsApp messages from Android devices;
  • Recover deleted WhatsApp data directly from iOS devices;
  • Support the scanning and reading of encrypted iTunes backup files;
  • Support 7+ file types (contacts, photos,chats,voice messages, etc.);
  • Compatible with latest iOS 18 beta and Android 13/14.