The report further states that the version between the 2.18.106 and 2.18.110 updates has got the new feature, which will let you download deleted media from the servers.
Recently, WhatsApp has modified this behavior: "when a media is successfully downloaded, WhatsApp doesn't delete it from the server, allowing the users to download it again if the file was accidentally deleted in the path where WhatsApp saves media", said WABetaInfo.
In yet another function set up by WhatsApp, it has introduced a new feature to its Android version. Due to this protocol, if the users deleted the media content on their phone, they could not retrieve them back ever again. The chat app now does not delete the files from its servers even after it is downloaded and this allows user to recover it even if it has been deleted. For now, this feature is available only for the Android users. However, the app does not seem to let us download media files that are too old, instead, asking us to send a request to the sender to send the media again. Earlier, Android users could download data that was up to 30 days old, but that data would disappear once the file was downloaded by the recipient.
In the meantime, you can also download the APK version via the APK Mirror. User can now go to that chat and once again download that image. The only condition is that the message, which had the media attachment should not have been deleted by the sender, otherwise the download will not possible. This new feature joins other new features rolled out by the messaging platform owned by Facebook.
WhatsApp assures that with end-to-end encryption in place the data transferred between two users, who are on the latest versions of WhatsApp, are secured by unique secure code that only the two users can access. This also means that media messages are being stored on the apps's servers and now for a longer period, even after a user has downloaded them.