Owned by the American business Meta Platforms, WhatsApp is a centralised instant messaging service that is accessible worldwide. It enables users to share images, documents, user locations, audio and video calls, text and voice messages, voice and video messaging, and other stuff. But frequently because of a lack of storage, users have a tendency to delete large WhatsApp files, which results in the loss of many significant images and videos.
In this article we will take a look at some methods by which users can restore deleted images and videos.
By default, WhatsApp stores all of the images and videos to the phone gallery. Therefore, the pictures will be preserved in the device gallery, Google Photos, or Photos for iOS even if you sent the media and erased it from the chat.
WhatsApp Media Folder
Only Android users have the option to restore WhatsApp media from the media folder.
Launch the file explorer programme. Go to the root directory's WhatsApp folder. Now navigate to the media folder and choose the WhatsApp Images folder. All of the received images are contained in this folder. You can find the deleted photo or other files by going to the sent folder.
Restoring WhatsApp Backup From Google Drive or iCloud
WhatsApp backs up messages and media to iCloud for iOS users and Google Drive for Android users. You can retrieve the media files if they were removed after the daily backup by restoring the backup from iCloud or Google Drive on your smartphone. To restore a backup:
Reinstall WhatsApp after uninstalling it previously. Use the same phone number for setup. Accept the request to restore the data from a backup when prompted during setup. All of the conversations and media that were successfully backed up will be restored on the device after the setup is complete.
Turning Off Delete Media Option From Gallery
Turn off "Also delete media received in this chat from the device gallery" if you don't want to unintentionally delete WhatsApp media from the phone gallery when you delete it from a WhatsApp chat.
Open any chat in WhatsApp. Tap the delete icon after choosing your media. Four options will be presented by WhatsApp.
-Delete any media that was shared in this chat from your device's gallery as well.
-Delete for all users.
-Delete this for me.
To prevent deleting media from the phone gallery, uncheck the first option.