This is How You Can See Deleted WhatsApp Messages on Android

Namrata Gogoi

"This message was deleted" — as soon as I see this text on WhatsApp, the curious cat inside me turns head faster than a bee. Though I can't do much about it, my mind continues to whir with the question about what the message could have been.


The human brain loves curiosity and chances are that if something is kept hidden from you, you'd be more keen to know more about it. The same holds true for all the deleted WhatsApp Messages.

So, if you're as curious as me, you are in luck. The good people at Androidjefe have found a way where it is possible to see deleted WhatsApp messages on Android and it's not that difficult. 

The feature isn't built in, of course, and we'll have to borrow it from a third-party app called Notif Log notification history.

Before we delve deeper into the topic, let's have a quick glance at how it's possible to use a third-party app to see deleted WhatsApp messages.

Android Notification System

The notification system on Android can be compared to Marvel's Heimdall. No notification can get past it without getting logged into the system first.

So, even if you can't read the deleted message in the WhatsApp interface, odds are that they have already been registered in the logs.

Now that we're clear on this front, here's the workaround to retrieve these messages using the Notif Log notification history app.

Step 1: Grant Permissions

Once you've downloaded the app, grant the Android Notification access permission.


This enables the app to parse and read through incoming messages.

Step 2: Adjust Settings to Let the Watch Begin

Having done that, the app will begin storing every single notification you receive. All notifications for YouTube videos, text messages, and other apps will also be displayed in the app.


The good news is that you can exclude the unwanted apps anytime you want. Head over to Settings in the app, tap on Exclude Apps and select the apps, of which you don't want to log notifications.


Now all you have to do is wait, watch and satiate your curiosity.

Bonus Trick: If you're on Android Nougat or below and would like to snooze the notifications, all you have to do is swipe left on the app and the options would appear to you right away.

The only downside to this app is that the system notifications such as screenshots captures are also logged.

Cool Alternative 

It goes without saying that Google Play Store includes a number of apps that work in a similar way. Take Notification History Log for example. This app employs a similar method of reading your WhatsApp messages.


It also needs its share of Notification Access permission and, once set, will store all incoming information on your Android.

The only drawback to this app is that it only logs incoming messages without the added feature of snoozing them.

All Set?

These were the two methods you can use to see deleted WhatsApp messages on Android. While the Delete for everyone feature was long overdue from WhatsApp, it came with a few catches like deleting messages within a seven-minute time frame.

In spite of all this, even if your friend managed to delete a sent message from his or her device, you have a neat trick up your sleeves to see the deleted WhatsApp message.

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Namrata Gogoi

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Namrata Gogoi

An engineer turned tech writer, Namrata used to write software codes before turning to a career in tech- writing. She is passionate about travelling, food and reading about cool new stuff. Apart from that, she holds a bachelors degree in I.T and hails from Guwahati.