Did you delete a WhatsApp Message? but Recipients Can Still Read It !!
One of the most widely used instant messaging apps rolled out “Delete for Everyone” feature recently. But do deleted messages really disappear from the Whatsapp? A new report claims that WhatsApp messages that are deleted are actually still on the device and can be easily accessed.
How to read deleted WhatsApp messages someone sent you
- The blog explains that anyone can access deleted WhatsApp messages sent to them via a third-party app named Notification History which can be downloaded via Google Play.
- After downloading the app, users will have to search the message in the Android notification log. Those users who are using third-party launchers like Nova Launcher it’s even easier.
- The notification log can be accessed without the need for an additional app. Long press the home screen, then tap on Widgets > Activities > Settings > Notification log. You can then access the system’s notification log.
- On stock Android, a Settings widget can give access to the notification log as well.
We tried both the Notification History third-party app and the Activities method described above and discovered that the trick worked on an Android device. There are a few limitations, however, as only the messages that have generated a notification on the device, and have been seen or interacted with, can be retrieved. In this case, interaction also refers to swiping away the original notification, whether in the notification bar or a floating message – in which case you’ve also probably seen at least a part of the original message when swiping away. The notification log only saves the messages on the device until it’s restarted. Once restarted, we noticed that the log was cleared.
This is not the first time that reports of retrieving deleted messages have surfaced. Jonathan Zdziarski, iOS expert, last year has claimed that WhatsApp saved chat logs on the device despite it being archived or deleted. Of course, if you’ve swiped away or seen a message – which is what’s required in the case of Android Jefe’s notification log exploit – the ability to read it later after it’s been deleted is not really a loophole.