Whatsapp Enables Re-download of Deleted Media on Android Devices

16 April, 2018, 14:54 | Author: Bennie Parsons
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It was also all-pervasive in nature - showing the unusual timestamps across WhatsApp Status, messages, and calls.

But now it seems that one can re-download the file easily. If you delete any WhatsApp photo, image or GIF file from your phone, you can not download it again.

WhatsApp, popular social and instant messaging application, has been working on adding new features to its WhatsApp Payments feature.

WhatsApp has added an interesting new feature in version 2.18.113 of its app for Android, allowing anyone to redownload an image, GIF, document, or voice message which they deleted from their phone. The new feature is now limited to Android version 2.18.113 and is expected to be rolled out to iOS users as well. As seen earlier, WhatsApp did not store the media files for more than 30 days on its servers, the time limit is still believed to be followed by WhatsApp for downloaded or non-downloaded media files. But this new feature brings back the download button on the deleted file on WhatsApp letting users re-download it multiple times.


However with this change, this means that WhatsApp stores your media files on its servers even after it has been downloaded. Gadgets 360 has been able to verify the new feature is now available in the WhatsApp version 2.18.113 on Android.

As of now, a handful of users have noticed the new feature and using the same, they are able to make and receive payments from their family and friends. In our case case, we tried downloading images and videos from 2016, and it was not possible on the Android beta version of the app.

This information comes amid criticism over data abuse by Facebook. Once the user deleted that particular content from the WhatsApp folder on their device, there was no way to retrieve it. Addressing the issue, the latest update now allows a user to re-download content from the app.

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