How To Delete All Archived Chats In WhatsApp
Last Updated: November 22, 2020
Do you have no use for your archived chats any longer? Or do you feel that you have to clear your archives to place new ones? In any case, we’re here to help you. Follow our quick guide below on how to delete all of your archived chats in WhatsApp using your Android device.
Instead of deleting chats, WhatsApp users can hide and archive them instead. In this way, they can revisit old messages and media even if the conversations are not visible on the Chats tab.
However, there might come a time where you no longer need to use these archived chats. Fortunately, you can delete them without unarchiving them first.
So if you’re not familiar with navigating through WhatsApp’s features, we’re here to help you. We have here a guide that can help you delete all of your archived chats on your account.
How to delete all of your archived chats on WhatsApp
If you want to erase all of your archived chats, you have two options. You can delete them by selecting individual conversations through the archived section or by deleting all of your chat on the platform.
In any case, we’re here to help you. Just remember that you have to leave archived group chats and delete them manually to remove them from your account.
Select and delete chats on the archives tab
If you only want to delete archived chats on WhatsApp, you can access them under the Chats tab. On the archives section, select all of the chats that you want to erase and tap the delete icon among the options.
- Launch WhatsApp from your home screen or app drawer.
- Under the Chats tab, access the archives.
- Tap and hold a chat thread to select it and to access some options. You can select multiple chats by tapping on them after selecting the first one.
Note: Remember not to select any archived groups since you have to delete those types of chats one by one.
- At the top of your screen, tap the delete icon. When WhatsApp prompts you to confirm your decision, tap “DELETE.”
Unfortunately, selecting and deleting multiple items on the archives isn’t possible through the WhatsApp web client. So if you primarily use the web app, you have no choice but to delete your archived chats one at a time.
Delete all chats on WhatsApp
Aside from selecting and erasing chats from your archives section, you can also delete all of your chats on WhatsApp. You can use this method if you don’t mind losing all of your data from your active conversations on the platform.
Just like the method before, this option won’t delete all of your group chats. However, it will clear all of your conversations on those chats.
Here’s how to delete all of your chats on Android:
- Launch WhatsApp on your device.
- Tap the three-dot icon at the top right corner of your screen to open some options and select Settings.
- Navigate to Chats > Chat history.
- Tap “Delete all chats” and confirm your decision.
For those who use WhatsApp on their browsers, the option for deleting all of the chats isn’t available on the web app version. So if you want to delete all of your chat histories, you have to do it from your phone.
Can I recover deleted WhatsApp messages?
In case you accidentally deleted some important data along with your archived chats, you can recover your chat history by using your backup. However, you can’t restore messages received after the backup.
To recover your deleted messages, reinstall WhatsApp on your device and choose to restore using a backup. Follow the on-screen instructions carefully to avoid any mishaps. Once the app finishes loading your data, you can now view all of the messages that you accidentally deleted.
To sum it all up
Now that you know how to delete your archived chats, you can proceed to clear those old conversations that you don’t need anymore. However, these methods in our guide above don’t work on group chats. So if you want to remove those as well, you have to leave and delete each group one at a time.
In case you accidentally deleted important messages along with your archived chats, you can always restore your data from your backup. All you have to do is reinstall the app on your device and follow the on-screen instructions.
That’s all from us! We hope that our guide helped you erase all chats on your archives on WhatsApp. For more tips, tricks, and tutorials, don’t forget to bookmark our home page and visit us regularly for our daily updates.