WhatsApp is changing its 'delete for all' feature again

Sheri Evans
April 16, 2018

The chat app now does not delete the files from its servers even after it is downloaded and this allows user to recover it even if it has been deleted.

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.

WhatsApp reportedly appears all set to change its "delete for all" feature again. 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.

Whatsapp has introduced some new features to its Android version with the latest update.

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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Earlier, media including images, GIF, video, voice message, and document, were stored on WhatsApp's server for 30 days till they were downloaded by the user. The report said that the feature was introduced in WhatsApp's recent updates between version 2.18.106 and 2.18.110.

To be clear, only those messages that are still in your chat log will be downloadable again. However, as per some sources, Whatsapp is now not allowing media files that are too old to be downloaded again.

WhatsApp beta version 2.18.109 listed the last time users were online with the timestamps - "89ESTERDAY" and "84ODAY". However, with the new feature, you can simply scroll up the chat conversation and download the required media content again.

WhatsApp also posted a new FAQ (frequently asked questions) to clarify the use of end-to-end encryption for messages sent to a business via WhatsApp.

"Interestingly, the new WhatsApp feature also means that the app stores users" media on its servers even after the files have been downloaded, the report said.

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