WhatsApp: messages can still be read even after being deleted

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Even if you think you’ve permanently deleted a message you sent, it can still be recovered by the recipient

WhatsApp users should be aware that even deleted messages can still be read.

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The messaging platform has installed a feature that allows people to delete sent messages – which can come in handy if you’ve sent a message to friends and family but need to change the details.

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How does this feature work?

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WhatsApp is working on several major changes to the app, with some features already available (Photo by DENIS CHARLET/AFP via Getty Images)

This feature works in both individual and group chats and is available on all types of phones: Android, iOS and Windows.

It comes with a caveat where it tells recipients that the message has been withdrawn, with the space now saying “This message has been deleted”.

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However, it is not as permanent as it first seems, since the message is stored on the recipient’s phone and can be revealed.

Messages can be uncovered via WhatsApp’s backup feature.

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This trick is easy to perform and means that even if you’ve deleted the messages, they’re still visible even with the backup feature.

How to read a deleted message

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To read a deleted message, uninstall and reinstall Whatsapp from the device’s app store.

Once logged in there is an option to restore chats from backup.

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Choose the restore option and the chats will be restored including deleted messages appearing as if they were never removed.

Has WhatsApp added new features?

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WhatsApp has been updated and includes a number of new features, e.g. B. adding emoji reactions to messages.

However, several updates are in the works, e.g. B. the ability to filter unread chats and allow business profiles to cover photos.

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