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..does that mean the data files are gone too? I would love to recover the text messages...any ideas? I should say that i uninstalled it...

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You can try reinstalling it and logging in with the same account, if the data is still there it should show up when you're logged in. If that works, there's a migrate feature you can use to transfer the data to another phone. If it fails, your data is most likely gone forever.

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If you ever logged in from that account with Wechat Windows version, the chat logs should be on your PC.  

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If you were using iOS and had a phone backup in the iCloud dated before you uninstalled WeChat, then just restore your phone from iCloud. Not too familiar how Android advanced in cloud backups the last 10 years, though, so it might not be viable if your phone is on different OS

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