Latest WhatsApp Beta Allows You to Redownload Deleted Media
As like the Telegram messenger, now you can redownload deleted media files on your WhatsApp app.
WhatsApp has silently added a new feature in these last minor updates for Android, just between the 2.18.106 and 2.18.110 upgrades.
Every time a person sent us a picture, video, GIF, voice message and a record on WhatsApp, and we deleted the relative file in the WhatsApp folder, we were not able to download it.
But, since a couple of days, WhatsApp allows downloading deleted websites from their servers again. This automatically translates from the fact that WhatsApp continues to store our websites on their servers also after downloading them.
This feature was partially available before: undownloaded press were accessible for 30 days and, when the receiver downloaded the press, WhatsApp immediately deleted it in the host.
Lately, WhatsApp has altered this behavior: when a network is successfully downloaded, WhatsApp doesn’t delete it from the server, allowing the users to download it again if the file was accidentally deleted from the path at which WhatsApp saves press (SDcard/WhatsApp/).
In based on our current tests, we have successfully downloaded pictures and videos received 2 months ago on the 2.18.113 version (presenting an error, but then the image was downloaded), and 3 months past (we had to test a number of times in order to successfully redownload it).
With old media (for example with graphics sent on past August 2024) it does not seem possible, because WhatsApp asks us to ask the sender to send the media again so as to get it back.
In order to request to obtain the deleted websites, it’s extremely important that people did not delete the message in WhatsApp, otherwise, it won’t be possible.
Only in the event, the file was deleted from SDcard/WhatsApp/ and you have the message in the conversation, you are able to successfully download it.
Media files are still end-to-end encrypted also if WhatsApp does not delete them from the server, so there is anything to be concerned about.
The attribute doesn’t seem to be accessible for iOS users, probably since the directory in which WhatsApp saves media isn’t easily accessible, so this problem doesn’t occur due to them.