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WhatsApp is one of the very popular messaging Apps used to send messages and share photos, images, videos, and links (URLs). There can be scenarios when for any reason, you lose any photo, image, or video on your WhatsApp account.

WhatsApp Photo Recovery from Different Devices

You may have WhatsApp installed on your PC, Tablet or Android phone and accordingly the lost photos, images, of videos of your WhatsApp account from there. They can be recovered, and we shall discuss the methods for the same.

WhatsApp Photo Recovery from Your Android Phone
METHOD 1: WhatsApp Photo Recovery from Google Drive

If you have taken backup of your WhatsApp account chats and the images in Google Drive, then you can restore the same to your device. To do so, follow the steps given under:

  1. Uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp on your device.
  2. Follow the instructions to install WhatsApp and verify your phone number.
  3. WhatsApp will find Google backup. Press “Restore” for restoring chats and media from Google Drive.
  4. When restoring process is complete, press “Next.” All the restored chats will appear and restoring of media files will start.
  5. Note: sometimes restored photos and images fail to open after recovery reason being that the media files are compressed and then stored on Cloud to save space which may lead to corruption of sme files. To recover such files read Data recovery from your PC given below in same blog.

METHOD 2: WhatsApp Photo Recovery from Local Backup

You can recover deleted media files from local backup. To do so follow the steps given below:

  1. Download any file manager app on your computer.
  2. Open the file manager and find the folder “sdcard/whatsApp/Databases.”
  3. If there is no SD card on your device or there is no file on SD card, then instead of “sdcard” see “main storage” or “internal storage.”
  4. Find the file with name like, “msgstore-YYYY-MM-DD.1.db.crypt12” and rename it as “msgstore.db.crypt12.”
  5. Uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp.
  6. Verify your phone number.
  7. Press “Restore.” This will restore the backup and you will find your photos.
Photo Recovery with Android Recovery Tools

When there is no backup for your WhatsApp media files, you need an efficient Android data recovery tool. There are many reliable and easy to use data recovery tools available which you can download and use. However, be mindful of the reliability of the tool.

Recovery Using Photo Recovery Tools

If you do not have any kind of backup of your WhatsApp images that were lost on your PC, then Kernel Photo Recovery is an efficient tool which is going to be helpful. It is an easy-to-use and safe tool to recover all the lost or inaccessible photos from your PC. It supports the recovery of any format irrespective of the number of images. Keeping integrity of the images intact is an advantage of this tool.

Note: Usually most of the photos are in the form of JPEG/JPG files. In case they get corrupted or damaged or become inaccessible, Kernel Photo Recovery tool helps you recover corrupted JPEG & JPG files easily and accurately.)


In the present blog we discussed how you can recover your deleted or lost WhatsApp images when you have backup and when you do not have backup. We discussed about Kernel Photo Recovery, an easy-to-use tool which recovers all the deleted images of your WhatsApp account. It provides preview of the recovered images and allows you to select images of your choice to save them on any location of your choice. Moreover, you can recover images irrespective of their number with complete integrity.