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Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by spman, May 8, 2020.

  1. spman

    spman Android Enthusiast
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    Is there any app that can have a log of whatsapp/sms/messaging apps? For example sometimes I accidentally deleted wrongly and I wish to undo delete.

    Is there any app that can undo delete deleted files/messages app?

    Is there a recycle bin (like Windows 10 recycle bin function) somewhere in android that can temporarily store deleted files before it permanently gets deleted?


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  2. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    There is a world of difference between WhatsApp and SMS, and one important difference is WhatsApp's own backup features. Have you checked whether you still have a backup before you worry about recovery?

    You will find apps that claim to be able to recover specific types of file, but I've seen very few reports of success that do not come from people associated with the apps, so frankly I'm not optimistic. The best bet is to have backups first rather than relying on being able to recover.

    The Android OS does not have a trash/recycle bin. You can find file managers which do this, but in android itself delete means delete.
  3. spman

    spman Android Enthusiast
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    Whatsapp auto backup at 2AM daily. The delete whatsapp message was deleted before (deleted before newer backup wwas made) 2AM that day (and it was after 2AM the previous backup) so I cannot recover the deleted message since non of the backup captured the deleted message.

    How can I change Whatsapp backup time or change backup frequency to a few times daily?

    What file manager has a trash/recycle bin function?

    I searched for file manager app https://play.google.com/store/search?q=file manager&c=apps and there are a lot of them, I don't know which one has the trash/recycle bin function. Could you recommend me?

    What are your views on recycle bin app https://play.google.com/store/search?q=recycle bin&c=apps
    #3 spman, May 9, 2020
    Last edited: May 9, 2020
  4. Hadron

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    I've never used a recycle bin app. A file manager with one won't help if you delete a message in WhatsApp, only if you delete files in that file manager. But I know that X-Plore has a "use recycle bin" option in its settings. I've never used it myself because I'm actually perfectly comfortable with "delete means delete", and don't use "recycle bins" on any of my computers.

    I don't know how to change WhatsApp backup time, or even whether it's possible. I also seriously doubt you can recover them without a backup: they would have been stored in a database rather than individual files, probably encrypted at that, and in the /data/data/<whatever WhatsApp's package name is> directory which you wouldn't be able to access without root. So even if the particular locations those messages were in had not been overwritten in the meanwhile there are several obstacles to recovery there. Maybe you could ask the other person in the conversation to forward their copy of the message to you?
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  5. baizhou

    baizhou Well-Known Member

    Is there any app that can undo delete deleted files/messages app? I found a software called Coolmuster Android SMS + Contacts Recovery on some websites. Maybe you can have a try. It seems not free. You can check the details online.
  6. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    CoolMuster is one of those things that's regularly spammed in forums by accounts that seem to exist purely for the purpose of promoting the app, and where it's hard to find reliable reports of success (i.e. which you are sure are independent of the developers). For this reason I'd need to be fairly desperate before I tried it.
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