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On your iPhone, open Settings > your name > iCloud > Backup and what is the backup date there?
Hi there, Without the information requested in my first/previous response, I can only give you a general answer, but I hope this helps.
WhatsApp database will be backed up to iCloud if you have iCloud Backup enabled. However, you can't browse this backup from iCloud or your iPhone to see the contents. However, if you have access to a computer there, then you can use third party backup explorer application to browse the backups. Please refer this article --> https://www.imyfone.com/ios-data-recovery/does-icloud-backup-whatsapp-messages/
Re the backup message you received, please do the following
Open Settings > you name at the top> iCloud > Backup and do a backup there. This will backup your iPhone.
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Hi there, That is correct. The Yesterday's backup has not backed up WhatsApp or at least this is how backup works normally. It doesn't do cumulative backups like Mac's Time Machine. Not sure why the iCloud is showing 5.2GB for WhatsApp since you deleted it. It may take some time to update the backup details
WhatsApp may also store a local backup on your iPhone though, but deleting the WhatsApp will also delete that backup.
These backups are in a format that you can't read individuals things normally like you see the files in Photos app, Messages etc. These are database files which can only be restored as a whole to the WhatsApp and then can read by it. The third party apps like the one I sent you can read the individual items on the back up though.
Hi there, It will eventually overwrite old backup with a new one. So you should try to extract your backup using the backup explorer application I sent you ASAP.
Regarding safety, these are third party apps and you need to access iCloud through their websites. So you should read their privacy policies first and see what data they collect. However, that is the only option you have now though. After that process, you can change your iCloud password.
If you put your phone online, then it will make an updated backup. Old backup will be replaced with new contents. There is a chance of deleting the old deleted apps' data as well on the new backup. If you want to restore the backup, then either you need to use the third party applications or you need to reinstall WhatsApp. After reinstalling, open WhatsApp and it will give the option to restore from iCloud