1. blackseed22's Avatar
    Hello everyone,

    I'll start by saying that I haven't lost my whatsapp chats since I began using it in 2010.
    Until last update I had all my chats from 2010 in my "Chats" tab in the app.

    Today, I realized that my list is a hell lot shorter than it used to be and that all the chats that ended before July 2015 are gone (I would say probably 150 chats).

    If I use the search option and search for an old chat contact's name I find him under "Other contacts" and not under "Chats", BUT if I enter the chat I CAN see all the history with him. This seems pretty weird.

    I've looked at the database file and it has the same size as it used to have and considering that I can see the history of the chats if I search manually means they haven't been deleted, just cleared from the Chats tab.

    Maybe Whatsapp are trying to speed up loading time for the main activity?
    Am I the only one who has this issue?
    Is it an issue of the current version only?

    I'm a freak for nostalgic things and it scares me a lil' but to lose my chats.

    I have an international Exynos galaxy s8 plus model.
    Whatsapp version 2.17.323

    Thanks in advance and have a great day!
    09-14-2017 12:43 PM
  2. blackseed22's Avatar
    No one?
    09-15-2017 09:07 AM
  3. ManiacJoe's Avatar
    I don't keep my chats for that long, so I haven't seen this problem.

    My guess is that you will need to contact the WhatsApp developers to see what happened.

    Regardless, I would never expect any phone app to keep that much data around nor expect that much data to remain uncorrupted on a phone. To keep it, I would archive the old messages to my computer and its backups, then remove it from the phone for daily use.
    09-15-2017 06:23 PM
  4. Elia51091's Avatar
    Yes, last update broke old chats. I don't know if they did it intentionally or not, but the only way i found to fix it was to download an old apk from August.
    09-15-2017 06:24 PM
  5. Gabriellow's Avatar
    Ah man.. I thought I was the only one. But i did noticed one thing, the missing chats actually aren't deleted. When you manually type contacts of the chats that are missing, the the messages and media are all intact when you tap on those names missing from chat list. Now that I know that I know that I wasn't the only one, and it wasn't me messing up my WhatsApp, I'm pretty sure it's a bug.
    09-23-2017 06:03 PM

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