- WhatsApp stores your media on servers even after you download them
- New feature available on WhatsApp Android version 2.8.113
- Users need to have the sender’s message to download media files again
WhatsApp for Android has added some new features and bug fixes in its latest updates. Earlier, it fixed a timestamp issue found in the WhatsApp beta version 2.18.109. Now, the messaging app has introduced a new 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 any more. But now the Facebook-owned messaging app enables you to download such files as well. Separately, a WhatsApp beta for Android update (v2.18.111) reportedly added the vCard indexing feature.
As per a WABetaInfo report, WhatsApp now allows users to download deleted media, such as images, videos, GIFs, voice messages, and documents, from its servers again. The report said that the feature was introduced in WhatsApp’s recent updates between version 2.18.106 and 2.18.110. Gadgets 360 has been able to verify the new feature is currently available in the WhatsApp version 2.18.113 on Android. However, the app does not seem to let us download media files that are too old, instead, asking us to send a request to the sender to send the media again.
Interestingly, the new WhatsApp feature also means that the app stores users’ media on its servers even after the files have been downloaded, the report said. 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 that enables users to download it again if it was accidentally deleted.
It is worth noting that if you delete a media file from the folder in your smartphone, you need to have the message where the sender sent you the specific file, in order to be able to download it again.
This information comes amid criticism over data abuse 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 – not even WhatsApp itself.
Getting to the vCard indexing feature spotted in WhatsApp beta (v2.18.111) for Android, now, if an unknown user sends you a message, and someone has already sent you a contact card (vCard) for this unknown sender earlier, you will receive an alert in the unknown user’s chat asking if you want to view the original vCard in order to save it. You can discard it, if you’d prefer. We were not able to spot the feature, though WABetaInfo reported its existence.