WhatsApp on Android will let users re-download old images and videos that might have been deleted from the user's mobile storage.
The company has rolled out this new upgrade for Android so far but it is expected to be launched for iOS soon.
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Interestingly, the new WhatsApp feature also means that the messenger stores user data on its servers even after the files have been downloaded. We were able to notice the fix after installing the WhatsApp beta version 2.8.113, which was the latest build at the time of filing this story.
The company also released a fix for the timestamp issue with the beta users. WABetaInfo said that the deleted media files range from images, videos, GIFs and even voice messages. 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. However, it is important to note if you have deleted the message, then there is no way to download the data. However, with the new feature, you can simply scroll up the chat conversation and download the required media content again. However, now, WhatsApp will not delete the data from the server and will enable users to download it again if it was deleted accidentally. However, the app does not let download media files that are too old, instead, it asks to send a request to the sender to it again. The undownloaded media was deleted after the period of 30 days, while the downloaded media was deleted immediately after the download.
The new "Change Number" feature update is now available in the 2.18.97 Android beta update on Google Play Store. The bug was changing the first alphabets of the timestamps with ASCII codes. Once it is found, just tap on it to download.