WhatsApp for Android has introduced a new feature that lets users download deleted media files such as images, videos, GIFs, voice messages, and documents, from its servers again, as per a WABetaInfo report. The report said that the feature was introduced in WhatsApp’s recent updates between version 2.18.106 and 2.18.110.
According to Gadgets 360, they’ve verified the availability of the new feature in the WhatsApp version 2.18.113 on Android. However, the app doesn’t seem to let them download media files that are too old, instead, asks them to send a request to the sender to send the media again.
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. Earlier, WhatsApp stored ‘undownloaded’ media files for 30 days and when a user downloaded them, the app used to delete it from the server. However, now, WhatsApp does not seem to delete the data from the server and that enables users to download it again if it was accidentally deleted.
It is worth noting that if you delete a media file from the folder in your smartphone, you need to have the message where the sender sent you the specific file, in order to be able to download it again.