Earlier, the company would let the recipient of the media file to download it within a period of 30 days, after which it was deleted from the company's server and hence couldn't be recovered unless the sender releases it again.
In yet another function set up by WhatsApp, it has introduced a new feature to its Android version. This feature is not available for iOS users because it is unlikely that users will delete anything from the internal file directory without access. What this feature does is that it allows the WhatsApp user to download old media files in a chat even if they delete it from their local storage. Until now, if users deleted files sent over WhatsApp from the smartphone, they were not able to download it anymore.
The report further states that the version between the 2.18.106 and 2.18.110 updates has got the new feature, which will let you download deleted media from the servers. But now, it does not seem to delete the data from the server and download it again even if it was deleted accidentally.More news: NASA Rockets Human Sperm on Space Round Trip to Answer Life-or-Death Question
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The WhatsApp team apparently got to know about the bug soon after it was reported online and brought its fix on April 14, Saturday. Still, WhatsApp makes sure to keep all media end-to-end encrypted, so it won't be able to view the contents of what's been sent. Extremely old stuff from August 2017 wasn't accessible at all, with WhatsApp simply asking them to request the sender to forward the media again. Rolling out the "WhatsApp Payment" feature will prove to be a game changer for Facebook owned messaging app.
You can download the latest version of WhatsApp for Android through the Play Store. For instance, instead of "Today", messages which are exchanged on that day are appearing with "84oday"; instead of "Yesterday" the timestamp is shown as "89esterday" for messages which are exchanged a day before. This bug was altering the time stamp on WhatsApp messages by replacing the first two alphabets with the ASCI codes.
In the meantime, you can also download the APK version via the APK Mirror.