A SIMPLE trick allows you to read your deleted WhatsApp messages.
Some users might find this concerning but if you want to have a look back at any embarrassing messages you quickly deleted then try the steps below.
What is a deleted message?
Messages can be removed from both individual and group chats and the feature is available across Android and iOS phones.
It comes with the caveat that recipients are told you have pulled the trigger via a note that reads “this message was deleted”.
However, the message is stored on your phone, and can be uncovered using WhatsApp’s backup feature.
The tool backs up all of your messages at 2am every morning, though this frequency can be extended to just weekly or monthly.
How do I read deleted messages?
To read a deleted message, uninstall WhatsApp and then install it again from your device’s app store.
Once you’ve logged back in, you will be given an option to restore chats from backup.
Simply select the restore option and your chats will be restored, including deleted messages, which are shown as if they were never removed.
Even without using backup, a number of third party apps offer the chance to uncover wiped WhatsApp messages.
Apps like Notification History Log and Notification Log show you all of the notifications stored in your gadget’s notification register – including those for WhatsApp chats.
But the apps do have their limitations: You have to have interacted with the notification to read it.
That means swiping it from the notification bar or floating message.
Also, restarting your phone can reset your notification register, wiping any chance of spying on deleted messages.
Always be wary of giving your WhatsApp notifications to third party firms, as it carries a heavy security risk.
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