Whatsapp Enables Re-download of Deleted Media on Android Devices

Noel Cummings
April 16, 2018

If you wish to try this feature and many more, you can by enrolling into WhatsApp's beta programme following this link.

This new feature will let users retrieve data that has been deleted months before re-downloading it.

However, the re-downloadable media files still have a time limit.

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WhatsApp on Android will let users re-download old media messages, including videos and images that might have been deleted from the user's mobile storage.

WhatsApp for Android has added a new feature in its latest updates. But now the messaging app enables you to download such files as well. If these files were sent over WhatsApp, you might be pleased to learn that they might not be lost completely because according to WABetaInfo, Android users of WhatsApp will now be able to redownload delete files. For now, this new feature is available only for the Android users and further tests are currently underway.

WhatsApp previously stored "undownloaded" media content on its servers for 30 days and deleted it as soon as the user viewed it on their device. The only condition is that the message, which had the media attachment should not have been deleted by the sender, otherwise the download will not possible.

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The company also released a fix for the timestamp issue with the beta users. The new feature is now limited to Android version 2.18.113 and is expected to be rolled out to iOS users as well.

The new "Change Number" feature update is now available in the 2.18.97 Android beta update on Google Play Store. And as a beta tester, you have the opportunity of trying the upcoming features before anyone else and give your feedback to WhatsApp about any bug. It has made a decision to store all the messages and multimedia content on its server even if it is downloaded by the user.

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

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