WhatsApp for Android gets new feature: All you need to know

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" Only if the file has been deleted in sdcard/WhatsApp/ and you have the message in the chat, you can successfully download it again", says the report. The second new feature that will be implemented on the general build of WhatsApp is the option to listen to voice messages before sending them. While earlier, there was an assumption of privacy in that it was possible that Facebook deleted files after they were downloaded.

As per a report by WABetaInfo, Whatsapp now allows download of deleted media files like images, videos, GIFs, and documents from Whatsapp's servers. Now, the messaging app has introduced a new feature that lets users download deleted media files. According to the report, the recipient was able to download media from a text sent 2 months ago but there for the messages dating back to nearly a year, the application asks to request the sender to send the file again. Separately, a WhatsApp beta for Android update (v2.18.111) reportedly added the vCard indexing feature. Due to this protocol, if the users deleted the media content on their phone, they could not retrieve them back ever again.

In the meantime, you can also download the APK version via the APK Mirror.

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WhatsApp beta version 2.18.109 listed the last time users were online with the timestamps - "89ESTERDAY" and "84ODAY". 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. The report also adds that even though the files are saved on the server they still come with end-to-end encryption.

In a related development, WhatsApp is testing a new feature which would allow users to customize the shape and size of the WhatsApp icon on the home screen. However, as per some sources, Whatsapp is now not allowing media files that are too old to be downloaded again.

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