WhatsApp to soon let you re-download deleted images, videos

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WhatsApp for Android has added a new feature in its latest updates. Now it has introduced a new feature that will enable users to download deleted media on their Android devices again.

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. Due to this protocol, if the users deleted the media content on their phone, they could not retrieve them back ever 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. Gadgets 360 has been able to verify the new feature is now available in the WhatsApp version 2.18.113 on Android.

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If you have deleted the downloaded media content from the phone's storage, you can go back to the chat conversation on WhatsApp. 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. You can always opt out of the beta programme by uninstalling the testing version, and downloading the public version of WhatsApp from Google Play Store. Earlier, WhatsApp stored "undownloaded' media files for 30 days and when a user downloaded them, the app used to delete it from the server". The feature was earlier unavailable as WhatsApp deleted the content from its servers once downloaded by a user.

This new WhatsApp feature comes amid recent outrage over data leak by Facebook. Once it is found, just tap on it to download.

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WhatsApp assures that with end-to-end encryption in place the data transferred between two users, who are on the latest versions of WhatsApp, are secured by unique secure code that only the two users can access.

With the new feature, WhatsApp has essentially extended the amount of time it stores the data on its servers.

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