WhatsApp for Android Lets Users Download Deleted Media

James Marshall
April 16, 2018

Be it friends, family or office, WhatsApp acts as message delivery everywhere. WhatsApp has now brought a solution to this.

WhatsApp beta version 2.18.109 listed the last time users were online with the timestamps - "89ESTERDAY" and "84ODAY". If a user ended up deleting the content from the WhatsApp folder after downloading, there was no option to go back to the conversation and redownload the content after the expiration of the validity. This is made the file non-downloadable.

The latest report states that the version between the 2.18.106 and 2.18.110 updates has got this new feature, which will let you download deleted media from the servers.

Any Android users can sign-up to become a beta tester. You can also download its APK file directly from APK Mirror. The twitter user @FidatoCA first spotted this feature. Earlier, WhatsApp stored "undownloaded' media files for 30 days and when a user downloaded them, the app used to delete it from the server". WhatsApp has updated this now.

Recently, WhatsApp has modified this behavior: "when a media is successfully downloaded, WhatsApp doesn't delete it from the server, allowing the users to download it again if the file was accidentally deleted in the path where WhatsApp saves media", said WABetaInfo. It has chose to store all the messages and multimedia content on its server even if it is downloaded by the user. It took several trials to download the files deleted 3 months ago. 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. According to the report, the recipient was able to download media from a text sent 2 months ago but there for the messages dating back to nearly a year, the application asks to request the sender to send the file again.

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