Have you deleted an important conversation on Instagram by mistake? Have you ever regretted deleting a photo? The advantage of the sea of bits in which this social network navigates is that things are not just deleted. Throughout this guide, we will show you how to recover seemingly lost chats and photos on Instagram from your smartphone.

How to recover conversations and chats on Instagram

Did you know that Instagram keeps a backup copy of all your posts? In most cases, thanks to this automatic backup, we will be able to access all files, including those we have deleted.

In other words, to recover deleted Instagram conversations and chats you need to download this backup. To access this data, we must follow the steps below:

  1. Open your Instagram profile.
  2. Tap the icon of the three horizontal lines.
  3. Select Settings from the pop-up menu.
  4. Go to Security and look for the Data Download option.
  5. If it does not appear, type "Data download" in the search box at the top of the settings menu.
  6. Verify that the e-mail address is correct.
  7. Tap the blue button.
Steps to download a backup of Instagram informationSteps to download a backup of Instagram information

By doing this, we will have requested a backup of our account data. Within a maximum of 14 days, Instagram will send us a link to download a ZIP file with the photos, comments, profile information, and conversations of our account.

Did it not work? Another option is to use a third-party app, such as UltData for Android. This app helps us to recover deleted conversations and photos through a more comprehensive and in-depth method.

Tools from the mobile version of UltData for AndroidTools from the mobile version of UltData for Android

However, we will likely have to install the desktop version and connect our smartphone to the PC via USB. In addition, it is advisable to take into account that this is a paid program, although it has a free trial.

How to recover photos on Instagram

The methods discussed in the previous section should also work for recovering deleted photos on Instagram. However, in this case, we also have a third option: search in the "Instagram recycle garbage can" to check if the deleted file is there. To access it, you must do the following:

  1. Open your Instagram profile.
  2. Tap the icon of the three horizontal lines.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Go to Account.
  5. Tap on Recently Deleted.
  6. If it does not appear, type "Recently Deleted" in the search box of the settings menu.
Instagram's recycling binInstagram's recycling bin

Here, we will find all the deleted content of the account. However, only content deleted in the last 30 days is stored.

How to recover temporary photos that disappear on Instagram

Instagram Direct lets us send and receive temporary photos that disappear once viewed. To do this, simply open the conversation and tap the image icon. However, these photos can only be viewed once and there is no option to download them.

The only option left is to take a screenshot, although an icon will appear indicating that a screenshot has been taken. The solution? Take a photo with another smartphone or camera. The result will not be as good, but the other person will not know that we have saved a copy.