WhatsApp never misses a chance to amaze its users and this time WhatsApp for Android has added some new features and bug fixes in its latest updates. This time the messaging app has introduced a new and enthralling feature that lets users download deleted media files. 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 anymore. But now this Facebook-owned messaging app enables users to download such files as well. Separately, a WhatsApp beta for Android update (v2.18.111) reportedly added the vCard indexing feature.

As per the recent reports by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp now allows users to download deleted media, such as images, videos, GIFs, voice messages, and documents, from its servers again. The report further added that the feature was introduced in WhatsApp’s recent updates between version 2.18.106 and 2.18.110. However, the app does not seem to let the users download media files that are too old, instead, ask from its users to send a request to the sender for sending the send the media again.

Interestingly, the report also added that this new WhatsApp feature also means that the app stores users’ media on its servers even after the files have been downloaded. 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 thus,  enables users to download it again if it was accidentally deleted.


It is also worth noting here that, if users would delete a media file from the folder in the smartphone, then they need to have the message where the sender has sent the user the specific file, in order to be able to download it again.

This information arrived at the juncture when enough criticism is faced over data breach by Facebook. However, WhatsApp had recently informed its users that their data and communications are secured with end-to-end encryption and nobody in between can read messages and listen to calls and yes not even WhatsApp itself. In fact,  the social media giant has also posted a new FAQ (frequently asked questions) to clarify the use of end-to-end encryption for messages sent to a business via WhatsApp. They did clarify, however, that anyone with access to that account would be able to see the messages and that it was the responsibility of the business to handle the messages “in accordance with its privacy policy.”