According to WABetaInfo, the Twitter account that tracks changes in WhatsApp's beta builds, the company is rolling out a new feature for Android that will enable users to again download media files that they may have accidentally deleted. As WABetaInfo reports, with the introduction of the new feature, it is possible for users to retrieve old media content again even if it has been deleted from their phone. The report also claimed that this new feature was introduced for Android users between version 2.18.106 and 2.18.110.
Amid all the crisis of data protection across the globe, WhatsApp has launched another feature that increases the brand's liability to store personal user data more securely.
WhatsApp on Android will let users re-download old images and videos that might have been deleted from the user's mobile storage.
WABetaInfo points out that undowloaded media is now stored in WhatsApp's server for 30 days. Users were quick to spot the bug, and as a result, WhatsApp app rolled out a fix in version 2.18.112 on April 14.
This is not the case anymore as the app lets you download deleted media from its servers with the latest update.
If you're on Android, ensure you're running the latest WhatsApp version 2.18.113.
This was partially available earlier but was meant for the un-downloaded media files for 30 days. You can always opt out of the beta programme by uninstalling the testing version, and downloading the public version of WhatsApp from Google Play Store. 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. When a media file is downloaded successfully, the app does not delete it from the server.
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.
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