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Whatsapp data files - Help :(

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by GraceB, Dec 5, 2020.

  1. GraceB

    GraceB Lurker
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    Hello! I have a question about Whatsapp data files, I could really use your help.

    I believe this is entirely my fault but I still want to ask, maybe there is a way to fix it?

    So here’s my situation, I have a Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 pro. The phone includes an option to do a deep clean and there is also a Whatsapp cleaner. It recommended me to delete the data files and I read online that there wouldn’t be an issue if I did that, so I did it.

    I noticed my conversations were intact, but every image or audio file I sent were not available anymore. Inside any chat conversation I’d have to individually download images or voice notes sent to me and they were there. I was like, okay at least they still exist.

    This is the weird part, I didn't want to download each file individually and while deciding what to do, my phone created a new backup at 2am, then I decided to Uninstall and Re-Install Whatsapp, based on what I read online. The problem it’s even worst now because I can’t even download previous voice notes or images from my contacts, like I was able to just a few hours ago. It says something like Sorry can’t download this right now, please try again later.

    Is there a way I can get these back? I have very important voice notes that were sent to me that I don’t want to loose, also family pictures. I know it's a long shot, but there HAS to be a way, pleeeeeeeeeease. Give me at least 1% of hope!! Is there an app maybe that can help me recover my files?

    Thanks so much for your help!

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  2. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    File recovery on Android is unlikely, I'm afraid. You'll find apps that claim to do it, I'm still hoping some day to find a testimonial that confirms one works that wasn't obviously paid for by the company pushing the app. I assume that stuff has been deleted from the WhatsApp/media folder (worth checking explicitly, in case the media are still there and it's just that WhatsApp hasn't connected them to the message threads, which would be a different but better problem).

    Could the original senders resend the messages? If they haven't removed stuff from their phones they will still have copies.

    It's also possible you may have backups of images elsewhere, e.g. Google Photos used to allow you to back up WhatsApp media (it may still do so if you choose it, but it is no longer the default).
  3. GraceB

    GraceB Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Thank you SO much for your help, this makes perfect sense, I guess I just have a hard time letting go of things? Maybe this is a sign? Don't know hahahaha it's I don't think my contacts are going to send me those files one by one but at least that's an option. I just can't believe they are just...gone. There should be some sort of Recycle Bin Cloud thing hahahahahaha

    Thanks for taking the time to reply to this, I really appreciate it!

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