Amid all the crisis of data protection across the globe, WhatsApp has launched another feature that increases the brand's liability to store personal user data more securely. According to WABetaInfo, the Twitter account that tracks changes in WhatsApp's beta builds, the company is rolling out a new feature for Android that will enable users to again download media files that they may have accidentally deleted. 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. This feature is available only for beta users on Android. The chat app is like the thread that keeps us connected. This is made the file non-downloadable.
Previously, if you deleted the content from this folder, there was no way to go back.
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Downloaded media shared on WhatsApp is saved in a separate folder on your phone. This feature is not available for iOS users because it is unlikely that users will delete anything from the internal file directory without access. With the new feature, WhatsApp will now let users re-download these media files for a longer period, even if the user deleted them from their phone's storage. Earlier, WhatsApp stored only un-downloaded media that too for 30 days and used to delete it from the server once the user downloaded it. As soon as the bug was reported online, the WhatsApp team had pushed an update that fixed the issue. Now, users can redownload the lost media like pictures, videos, voice messages, documents etc. Users can update the messenger app to Whatsapp version 2.18.113, the new feature has been released between the WhatsApp version 2.18.106 to 2.18110. The report claims that all the media files are fully encrypted so there's nothing to worry even if the chat app doesn't delete them from its servers.
WABetaInfo also says that they were able to download images and videos received two, three months ago.