Whatsapp Enables Re-download of Deleted Media on Android Devices

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What this feature does is that it allows the WhatsApp user to download old media files in a chat even if they delete it from their local storage.

A report published by WABetaInfo states that Whatsapp has released a new feature to retract the deleted media files for its users. The new feature is now limited to Android version 2.18.113 and is expected to be rolled out to iOS users as well.

WhatsApp reportedly appears all set to change its "delete for all" feature again.

Earlier, when you receive an image, GIF, video, document or voice message sent on WhatsApp and delete the file in the WhatsApp folder, then you will not be able to download it again.

Facebook-owned WhatsApp is one of the top messenger apps in the world and in a bid to keep itself at the top of the game, it always tries to improve the user experience.

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This way, if a person deletes a photo from their device, they just have to go back to the original conversation and get hold of the snapshot again. However media which is more than three months old, can not be downloaded again. But this new feature brings back the download button on the deleted file on WhatsApp letting users re-download it multiple times. The undownloaded media was deleted after the period of 30 days, while the downloaded media was deleted immediately after the download.

It is worth noting that if you delete a media file from the folder in your smartphone, you need to have the message where the sender sent you the specific file, in order to be able to download it again.

If you're on Android, ensure you're running the latest WhatsApp version 2.18.113. However, WhatsApp had recently announced that their data and chats are secured with end-to-end encryption and nobody can read messages and listen to calls.

"Interestingly, the new WhatsApp feature also means that the app stores users" media on its servers even after the files have been downloaded, the report said.

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