What Happens to Deleted WhatsApp Messages

In today’s digital world, individuals are using various messaging services such as WhatsApp for communication with other people. WhatsApp has become the go-to messenger application for users across different demographic groups, ranging from teenagers to corporate professionals. As with any messaging service, users often delete messages or entire conversations to keep their communications secure and private. However, there are some unanswered questions about what happens to these messages after they have been deleted. This article will explore the technical aspect of deleting WhatsApp messages, giving readers some insight into how it works and what the implications are for their privacy. It will cover topics such as how WhatsApp manages deleted messages and what happens when a user deletes one of their own conversations. Additionally, it will discuss best practices that individuals can use to protect themselves and ensure that their deleted communications stay securely in the past.

How WhatsApp Stores Messages

WhatsApp stores messages on users’ devices, ensuring security and privacy. However, this also means that deleted messages remain in the recipient’s device, even if the sender has deleted them.

This article will explain how WhatsApp stores messages and how users can view deleted messages on an iPhone.


Local Storage

When it comes to WhatsApp, all of your messages, videos, photos and voice messages are stored locally on your device. This means that none of the information exchange between parties is saved on WhatsApp’s servers. All files sent over WhatsApp are stored in the app’s local storage, also known as its internal memory or “writeable memory.”

Your device’s local storage consists of both readable and writeable memory space allocated to apps by their operating system (usually Android or iOS). A single app such as WhatsApp may have its data split into both types of memory block depending on what types of parts need constant access. When this occurs, information stored in writeable memory (local storage) can be changed or moved around without permission from the user and is what helps make certain features of an app work better.

Local storage is important for WhatsApp because it allows for downloading any type of media sent over a conversation in a much faster manner than the services offered by other messaging applications. Messages are also able to instantly appear for both users unlike with other services where messages may take several minutes before becoming available to both users due to cloud latency. However, this also means that if you delete a message from your device it is lost forever rather than being safely stored on another device elsewhere.

Cloud Storage

WhatsApp stores all user messages and files in the cloud, utilizing sophisticated encryption techniques for secure storage. Messages sent via WhatsApp are stored in the cloud using a distributed approach. Essentially, this means that a copy of any specified message is stored on multiple devices at once so that it can be rapidly accessed at any moment.

The process of storing these messages is constantly monitored, ensuring no data breaches or hacks occur while they’re being transferred from one place to another. WhatsApp also enables backups, which means that users are able to store large collections of messages and photos on a remote server for additional security purposes.

When users delete their messages, their requests are first sent to the server where their data is stored. The decryption process then takes place; this involves converting the encrypted data back into a readable format so that it can be identified as belonging to a particular user’s WhatsApp account. Once it’s been identified, the server sends a command to erase all related information from its server – essentially deleting the same content from your device and every other device with which it was shared – ensuring complete privacy and security for all user data stored in the cloud by WhatsApp.

What Happens When a Message is Deleted

When a WhatsApp message is deleted, it is no longer visible to everyone in the conversation. However, the sender of the message still has the ability to view and read the message even after it has been deleted. Let’s look into what happens when a WhatsApp message is deleted and how you can view deleted messages on an iPhone.

Local Storage

When a message is deleted from WhatsApp, it is first removed from the local memory of the device it was sent and received on. This local storage holds messages, videos, photos and other data that are still stored on the device itself. In this case, when a message is deleted in WhatsApp, it’s no longer visible in the app – however due to how mobile devices work, it’s not completely removed until later. Modern smartphones actually keep a copy of messages even after they have been deleted – this is part of an attempt by manufacturers to make their products as efficient as possible and keep phones running smoothly. As such, even when a message has been erased in an app like WhatsApp or any other messaging service, there will remain some traces of information left behind for a short period of time on a user’s device. For instance; deleted messages will still show up in notifications history or viewing logs – so if someone double checked or saw the content before deleting it (or was checking after it went missing), you may be able to find out what was there for a short amount of time until those leftover files expire too. All these ‘ghost-files’ usually only exist temporarily so further research might be necessary if you intend to uncover past content or conversations that have already been removed from view.

Cloud Storage

When someone sends you a message using WhatsApp, that message is stored in both the sender’s and the receiver’s devices in an encrypted format. This means that if it’s deleted from one device, it will still be present on the other’s device unless it’s been manually deleted by the other person or when auto-delete is enabled. The third place where the WhatsApp messages are stored is the cloud service provider. These cloud services can be Google Drive or iCloud. Messages sent over WhatsApp are uploaded to cloud services and sync across all devices used with the same phone number. So, even after deleting them from a device, they may still remain in your server-side backups. For messages to be completely removed from all devices and backups, you would have to delete them from both your device and also erase them from cloud storage for that particular chat thread.


How to See Deleted Messages on Whatsapp Iphone

It is now possible to view deleted WhatsApp messages on an iphone. It is possible to do this by utilizing third-party tools and apps. We will discuss the different ways you can access deleted WhatsApp messages on an iphone in this article. With these methods, you can view the deleted messages and photos of WhatsApp, even after they have been deleted for a period of time.

Use a Third-Party App

There are a few third-party apps available for iOS devices that allow you to view deleted messages in WhatsApp. The most common of these is called WhatsRemoved+ and it is free to download from the App Store. After downloading and installing the app, you will need to grant it access to the notifications you receive from WhatsApp. Then, when someone sends or deletes a message on WhatsApp, a copy of that message will be stored in the WhatsRemoved+ app for you to view.

It is important to note that this method only works if you’re using an iPhone — Android users may need to check with their device manufacturer for any special tools they may have built into their system. Additionally, third-party apps like WhatsRemoved+ can use additional battery power and mobile data, so be mindful of its usage if you decide to proceed with this method.

Use iCloud Backup

If you have been using iCloud backup to back up your iPhone WhatsApp data, then you can take advantage of the feature and view deleted messages in WhatsApp. To set up an iCloud backup for your iPhone, follow these steps:

1. Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Backup.

2. Toggle on iCloud Backup if it is not already enabled and click “OK” when asked “Do you want to turn on the app backups?”

3. Tap “Back Up Now” and wait for the process to finish before closing out of the window.

Once iCloud Backup is set up, open your WhatsApp application and follow these steps:

1. Go to Settings > Chat Settings > Chat Backup.

2. Tap “Restore Chat History” at the bottom of the screen, which will access your most recent iCloud backup of your WhatsApp data and restore it on your device.

3. When finished, go back into WhatsApp conversations and check if the deleted messages have been restored under the most recent conversation thread in which they were sent or received from before deletion occurred.


In conclusion, when a message is deleted from WhatsApp, it is still possible to recover it in certain circumstances. If auto-backup is enabled on your device, the deleted message may be recovered from Google Drive or iCloud. If not, there are third-party data recovery software solutions available that can be used to recover deleted WhatsApp messages. It is important to note however that these solutions should not be used without the explicit permission of the device owner or where prohibited by law. Ultimately the best way to protect data and privacy on WhatsApp is by using secure backups and alerting users when a message has been edited or removed.