WhatsApp adds new feature to retrieve deleted media; here's how it works

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WhatsApp beta version 2.18.109 listed the last time users were online with the timestamps - "89ESTERDAY" and "84ODAY". The undownloaded media was deleted after the period of 30 days, while the downloaded media was deleted immediately after the download.

Earlier, when users deleted media files stored on the WhatsApp folder of their devices, they were no longer able to download those files again.

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. Due to a mysterious bug, the timestamp on the chat window of users is appearing with numbers. At present, if users delete media including photos, GIFs, and videos from their phone they can not re-download the same on WhatsApp again. Otherwise, it will not be possible to redownload it. Previously, when users deleted specific files sent over WhatsApp by going to the specific folder on the smartphone, they were not able to download it any more. However, the app does not seem to let us download media files that are too old, instead, asking us to send a request to the sender to send the media again.

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WABetaInfo claims that it managed to download images and videos which were 2 to 3 months old, but only after several attempts. It has made a decision to store all the messages and multimedia content on its server even if it is downloaded by the user. However, with the new feature, you can simply scroll up the chat conversation and download the required media content 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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