How to recover messages from Hike, Line, WeChat & other messaging apps

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If you’re in search of your lost or deleted Hike, Line or WeChat messages from your iPhone, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll show you below how to recover your conversation history.

Neither Hike nor Line store your conversation history on their servers, so if you lose those messages there's no other way to recover them, other than pulling them out of a backup. It's easy, and we'll show you how.

Here are the steps to follow in order to recover Hike, Line, WeChat or other app messages from your iCloud backup file with the iPhone Backup Extractor.

Recover Hike, Line and WeChat messages
Recover Hike, Line and WeChat messages

Hike, Line or WeChat iOS message recovery in 3 easy steps

Start by making sure that you have an iCloud or iTunes backup that was saved after the moment you sent or received your Hike, Line or WeChat messages. You’ll need an iTunes or iCloud backup created prior to losing your messages in order to get your conversation history back.

If you only want to retrieve your messages, note that you needn't restore a backup to your iPhone, as this will overwrite any data that you've created more recently.

Here’s our step by step guide to retrieve your Hike, Line or WeChat conversations from the iPhone backup.

Step 1. Download and install the iPhone Backup Extractor

Start by downloading and installing iPhone Backup Extractor. It supports Macs and Windows, and all versions of iOS.

To extract your message history you’ll need an iPhone Backup Extractor license. You can use the free edition to see what you'd be able to recover, and retrieve up to 4 files.

Step 2. Select the backup that contains your message history

You can retrieve Hike, Line or WeChat conversations either from an iCloud or from an iTunes backup.

Run iPhone Backup Extractor. It'll read all backups located in iTunes' default folder automatically. (If you've saved backups in a different place, you can add that location by clicking on "Click here to add iTunes backups".) If you've got encrypted iTunes backups, you’ll need to provide your backup password in order to read them.

To add an iCloud account, click the + button or the text that says "Click here to add an iCloud account".

Step 3. View and extract Hike, Line or WeChat messages

Go to PreviewHike / Line / WeChat to preview the messages. You can choose which messages you’d like to recover and click “Extract”.

Previewing Hike messages
Previewing Hike messages

In case you have any questions or need further clarification, our support team will be happy to help!

Bonus: how to extract the Hike / Line / WeChat database manually

For users who would like to extract the SQLite databases which contain the messages, go to "Expert Mode" to recover the backup files directly. They can be found at the following paths:

  • Hike: Application Domainscom.bsb.hikeLibrarycom.hike.database.privatemessagesDB.sqlite

    Extracting Hike files in expert mode
    Extracting Hike files in expert mode

  • Line: Application SupportPrivateStoreP_ua5e817b6e23cbfb53d3b76c893bcb07f (or a different number, same length, depending on the device) →MessagesLine.sqlite

  • WeChat: Application Domainscom.tencent.xinDocumentscdf56bcc95afc9989670168c32ef0125 (or a different number, same length, depending on the device) → DBMM.sqlite

About the author

Alexandra Petruș served as Reincubate's VP of Product for a number of years and remains a friend of the company. She's recognised as a Google Developer Expert for Product Strategy, and is a co-founder of Bucharest AI.

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