WhatsApp on Android will let users re-download old images and videos that might have been deleted from the user's mobile storage. Earlier, the company would let the recipient of the media file to download it within a period of 30 days, after which it was deleted from the company's server and hence couldn't be recovered unless the sender releases it again.
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. However, with the latest update, WhatsApp will now allow you to restore that deleted image from its server again.
WhatsApp has included a new update in its beta version v2.18.111 to re-download the deleted media from any WhatsApp folder along with fixing bugs with the latest update. During the testing of the feature, WABetaInfo discovered that they were able to recover the deleted files of up to two months.
As of now, this feature has been made available in WhatsApp for Android version (2.18.113) and is expected to come to iOS soon, reported WABetaInfo.
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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.
You can tap on request money and enter the amount and tap on send request. User can now go to that chat and once again download that image. There is only one condition that, if you have cleared the conversation in which the concerned media file was received then it will not be possible to download that media file again. It is important to note that the message in the chat needs to be present in order to retrieve the media. This new feature joins other new features rolled out by the messaging platform owned by Facebook.
As WhatsApp servers are claimed to be secure and encrypted, it is unlikely that anyone else can access that data. When a media file is downloaded successfully, the app does not delete it from the server.