WHATSAPP has quietly rolled out a new feature that lets Android users re-download media files they deleted, including photos, videos, GIFs, audio clips, and documents.
In the past, Android users could grab media that was up to 30 days old, which would disappear from WhatsApp’s servers as soon as it was downloaded.
As part of a recent update, WhatsApp will now keep that data for good – allowing you to access it any time you want.
And because the company offers end-to-end encryption (meaning it scrambles the content of your messages so that no one, including WhatsApp itself, can see them) you can rest assured that the entire process is secure.
The feature is great for recovering files you accidentally deleted from the WhatsApp album in your smartphone’s gallery.
How to retrieve deleted media on WhatsApp
It’s important to note that the re-downloading option is only available for files from chats that have not been deleted.
If you binned the original conversation, then all its content will have vanished with it.
With that in mind, open WhatsApp to the Chats page and find the thread that contains the file you’e after.
Once you’ve tracked it down, just tap on it to save it to your phone.
It’s as easy as that.
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In other WhatsApp news, the Facebook-owned messaging app is set to bump up the time it gives you to unsend a message.
Currently, you have a measly seven minutes to take back a sent chat.
But WhatsApp plans to increase the grace period to over an hour (68 minutes to be precise) in the near future.