These timestamps appeared throughout the app, including the WhatsApp Status, messages, and calls.
WhatsApp has a strong user base in the country with over 200 million active users. The feature is already available for iPhone users and it makes it easier to record voice message without holding the record button for the entire time. Now the company has introduced another feature in its most recent update that allows users to download the deleted media files. But now the Facebook-owned messaging app enables you to download such files as well. Now, it has introduced a feature that allows the user to download old media content again even if he/she deleted it from their phone. But this new feature if rolled out officially will give users the option to do so.
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How it works? Let's suppose if you delete a media file from the folder in smartphone, then you need to have the message where the sender sent you the specific file, in order to be able to download it again. Recently, the WhatsApp beta testers reported a mysterious timestamp bug in the messenger.
Earlier, whenever the user received files such as images, GIFs and short clips, WhatsApp used to store them on its server (for 30 days) till the time they were downloaded by the user. It is unclear as to how long these files will be stored for, but according to WABetaInfo's testing, they were able to download old files from as far back as 3 months, suggesting that WhatsApp could be storing your old media files for at least as long as that, if not possibly longer. The report claims that all the media files are fully encrypted so there's nothing to worry even if the chat app doesn't delete them from its servers. It has chose to store all the messages and multimedia content on its server even if it is downloaded by the user. The report adds that this feature shows that WhatsApp stores the sent media in its servers.