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16 April 2018, 12:58 | Justin Tyler
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The new change upends this system as it indicates that the brand will now be storing any media sent via its platform. Now, the messaging app has introduced a new feature that lets users download deleted media files. This feature is not available for iOS users because it is unlikely that users will delete anything from the internal file directory without access.
Last month Whatsapp launched UPI - enabled payments to feature to its users in India. However, with the new feature, you can simply scroll up the chat conversation and download the required media content again.
An update to resolve an issue of "Day" bug that's affecting a handful of Android users using the WhatsApp beta version 2.18.109 has been released, reports WABetaInfo. It has made a decision to store all the messages and multimedia content on its server even if it is downloaded by the user.
This means that if you removed any images, GIFs, videos, audio files, audio recordings or even a document from the internal storage of your smartphone, WhatsApp will allow you to re-download them again from its servers. Earlier, Android users could download data that was up to 30 days old, but that data would disappear once the file was downloaded by the recipient. When it comes to very old media files, it claims that they were not able to download images sent in August 2017 as the app asked them to request the sender to send the files again. However, the feature only works for content that has been received in the past few months provided the user has only deleted the file and not the chat in the app.
Timestamps for chats on the WhatsApp beta version for Android were showing as "89ESTERDAY and "84ODAY" instead of "Yesterday" and "Today". This bug was altering the time stamp on WhatsApp messages by replacing the first two alphabets with the ASCI codes. For now, this new feature is available only for the Android users and further tests are currently underway. When you download the files, the same was deleted from the servers.
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