If the user has deleted the downloaded media content in the phone's storage, he/she can go back to the chat conversation on WhatsApp. Recently the company has been introducing various new features in its latest updates. This also means that media messages are being stored on the apps's servers and now for a longer period, even after a user has downloaded them. Previously, when you received an image, GIF, video, document or voice message sent on WhatsApp and deleted the file in the WhatsApp folder, then users couldn't download it again, reported Gizbot. Earlier, WhatsApp used to delete the files from its servers which were accidentally deleted by users. WhatsApp beta version 2.18.109 for Android was first released on April 12. But this is not the case now, as the app lets you download deleted media from its servers with the latest update.
WhatsApp turned around a fix for the glitch in a matter of days, with the new beta version now available to download.
Also, WhatsApp, which has introduced Unified Payment Interface (UPI) service for users to transact money in India, is also testing the Quick Response (QR) code scan feature. However, as per some sources, Whatsapp is now not allowing media files that are too old to be downloaded again. Therefore, the bug was primarily changing the first alphabets of the affected timestamps with their ASCII codes.
WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging application in the world. For instance, Yesterday became "89ESTERDAY" and Today became "84ODAY".
The feature is now available for Android users and there is no information whether it will make it way to iOS. However media which is more than three months old, can not be downloaded again. As WABetaInfo reports, with the introduction of the new feature, it is possible for users to retrieve old media content again even if it has been deleted from their phone.