By Stephanie / Last update December 22, 2022

Can I recover WeChat chat history without Backup?

“I deleted my WeChat on my phone, and then my chat all is gone. How can I recover the old WeChat history?”

Being one of the most popular instant message apps for iPhone and Android, WeChat now has more than 1 billion active users for communication due to its stunning features. WeChat will keep WeChat history as long as the app is installed on your phone and sufficient storage is available.

At the same time, users will store chat history, voice messages, pictures, photos, and videos in it. However, important data loss would happen because of accidental deletion, system crashes, virus attacks, etc. Thus how to recover deleted WeChat history becomes a concerned topic increasingly.

Four methods for WeChat history recovery

First of all, you need to confirm whether you have a backup or not on your phone or PC. Things will go easy if you do.

If not, don’t worry about it. You can view those four methods for WeChat history recovery for iPhone or Andriod for your reference. You can find a way to restore the WeChat file in the following.

Method 1: recover WeChat history from the backup on the PC

If you often login to your WeChat account on the computer, you can easily back up your WeChat history. There are two kinds of backup of WeChat conversations and files.

One is auto-sync recent messages whenever you log in WeChat account on Windows. If you check yes the first time, your recent messages will be auto synchronized for your phone and PC each time you log in.

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Once you lose your WeChat history, you can get it back quickly. But PC only records chat conversations and files when you last time logged in.

If you often back up WeChat chat history on your PC with the function of Backup & Restore, you can recover your WeChat data by the following steps.

Step 1: Scan QR code and Log in to your WeChat account on PC. Click three horizontal bars at the bottom of the left corner

Step 2: Select “Backup and Restore” on Windows WeChat, and choose “Restore on phone”.

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Step 3: Select the chat logs you want to be transferred. There are more options you can click to choose the exact date or others. Tap “OK” to restore WeChat history.

Tips: This method is only suitable for users who do the “Backup on PC” functionback upckup WeChat data before restoring history on phone. If you don’t, you will find there is a popup to mention that “no backup to be restored” when you click “Restore on phone”.

Method 2: recover WeChat history from another phone

This method is very helpful if you want to transfer WeChat history to another new phone. You can use the function “Backup & Migrate chats” on your phone to realize WeChat data backup and migration.

Please follow the steps below to restore WeChat data. Steps will be a little bit different between Andriod and iPhone.

Step1: Log in your WeChat on your old phone

Step 2: For iPhone: tap “Me” > “Settings” > “General” > “Backup & Migrate Chats”. 

                For Android: tap “Me” > “Settings” > “Chats” > “Backup & Migrate Chats

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Step 3: Tap “Migrate Chats to Another Device

Step 4: Choose the WeChat chat history you want to restore on another device. For iPhone, you can choose "Migrate Entire Chat History" or "Migrate Partial Chat History". For Android, you need to tap “Select Chat History”.

Step 5: Use your new phone to log in to the same WeChat account.

Step 6: Scan the QR Code from the old phone. And then your Chats will be restored to your new device automatically.

Method 3: recover WeChat history from iTunes/iCloud backup (IOS only)

This method only supports iPhone WeChat recovery. Please make sure that you have made a backup for iCloud/iTunes before using this method to restore deleted data and update your iPhone to the latest version of IOS. It's easy to recover files from iTunes backup.

Furthermore, note that iCloud requires you to erase all content and settings before restoring the backup, which means some new data not stored in the backup may be lost and can’t get back anymore. If you don’t mind, please follow the simple steps to restore files from iCloud backup.

Step 1: Check whether you have the latest backup. Tap “Settings” >[You Name] > “iCloud” > “Storage” > “Manage Storage”. Then you can see the date and size of the latest backup.

Step 2: Tap “Settings” > “General” > “Reset” > “Erase All Contents and Settings” to erase all contents and settings on your phone.

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Step 3: Set up your iPhone like the first time. When setting “Apps & Data”, tap “Restore from iCloud Backup”.

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Tips: This method has some shortages. Except that it requires erasing all content and settings of the iPhone, it needs a lot of time for recovery. It depends on the size of the backup, and usually takes hours to finish. Besides, in this process, there are some instances of error reported.

Method 4: use WeChat recovery software for WeChat history recovery (iOS device)

If you want to recover WeChat data without backup, you can use one of the best iPhone data recovery Software, AOMEI Data Recovery for iOS, for restoring all lost WeChat data. Besides, it can recover deleted photos, videos, contacts, notes, call history, voice memos, etc. 

★ What can AOMEI Data Recovery for iOS do?
Preview all lost WeChat data before final recovery.
Support iPhone/iPad/iPod with iOS 10 and later.
Recover deleted or lost chat conversations, images, voice messages, videos, contacts, etc.
Export & save all WeChat history.

Follow the steps below, you can complete data recovery easily and quickly with the AOMEI  iPhone data recovery tool.

Step 1: Free Download and launch AOMEI Data Recovery for iOS on your computer. Switch your iPhone to airplane mode after losing WeChat data avoiding the delete WeChat history covered by new data.

Download Software iOS 10 and later
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Step 2: Connect your IOS device to the computer and click “Scan Now” for scanning old or deleted WeChat data on your iPhone.

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Step 3: After the scanning process is finished, AOMEI Data Recovery for iOS will analyze WeChat Chat history automatically. You could choose WeChat from the left panel sorting by types of friends, status, or time. It’s up to you to recover whatever deleted WeChat data.

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Tips: In the process of phone scanning, please always keep the connection between phone and computer. Besides, the time for scanning depends on the size of your WeChat data. The larger the size, the more time cost.

Conclusion

In a word, using AOMEI Data Recovery for iOS is the best choice when you want to recover WeChat without backup and restore WeChat selectively. If there are backup files, you can restore them from the backup on your PC or iCloud. Choose one as the most appropriate according to your own needs to retrieve WeChat contacts on iPhone or Andriod.