Is there any greater feeling of helplessness than accidentally deleting something you needed to see from WhatsApp?
Look, it happens: Whether you’re part of a hectic group chat or you’ve just clicked the wrong button, you can send anything to the void without realising what’s happened before it is too late.
Fresh from being used as a platform for the “black dot” bug that’s been crashing SMS services, it now seems we can bring you a bit of good news on behalf of the messaging application: There is actually a way to retrieve deleted WhatsApp files.
Yes, that also includes seeing what other contacts have deleted. How delightfully devilish! But we also bring you bad news. The method is only available to Android users. We know, it’s a bummer for all you iPhone owners. Them’s the breaks.
You need to download the partnering app, WhatsRemoved. It’s an all-encompassing tool that monitors all of your WhatsApp activity. Should you delete something by mistake, it will be able to earmark what you’ve got rid of.
Now, if you don’t like the idea of a separate app holding onto information you actually want to delete, this perhaps isn’t the solution for you. However, it’s a necessary failsafe for anyone prone to accidents.
It’s a fairly easy tool to navigate. You have a “deleted” tab which shows all the files that have been erased in each individual chat you have open.
You sure can. That’s the whole app’s purpose. If someone has second thoughts about what they want to share with you, it’s no longer withheld information. Now, there’s a moral dilemma here, but we aren’t here to be your conscience.
Certainly, there are a couple of things to look out for. To actually enable the ability to see what someone else has deleted, you have to disable battery saving on the application. This option can be found in the settings.
If your conversation is muted, then the app won’t work for that particular content. You also have to be connected to the internet for it to work, like WhatsApp itself.