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WhatsApp is currently testing a new feature that lets users re-download deleted media including photos and videos. At present, if a person deletes media including photos, GIFs, and videos from their phone they cannot re-download the same on WhatsApp again. But this new feature if rolled out officially will give users the option to do so.
WABetaInfo said that the deleted media files range from images, videos, GIFs and even voice messages. The report said that the feature has been added between the 2.18.106 and 2.18.110 updates in WhatsApp.
The report points out that earlier if the media files were not downloaded, they were made available for 30 days and then deleted from a server if the user did not download them. 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.
The option for re-downloading older media messages is not available on iOS as we saw. WhatsApp will tell the user to ask the sender to re-send the message in this particular case. Remember downloaded media messages means videos, photos, etc on which the user clicked and these were downloaded on the app, and thus saved to the phone’s storage.