Oh dear, someone has already picked up on a flaw in the new WhatsApp update.
Released last month, the update introduced a “delete for everyone” feature, allowing you to withdraw embarrassing messages with one simple action.
People rejoiced – after all, it’s all we have ever wanted from the app. None of this Snapchat-style status updating or live-location sharing (although it is ridiculously useful).
The flaw was discovered by Android Jefe, a Spanish Android blog which revealed “how Android phone users can access messages that have been deleted,” reports The Sun:
The blog reads: “We have discovered a way to recover or see messages deleted by the other person in a WhatsApp chat.
“What we found is that the messages are stored in the notification register of the Android system.
“So, it’s just a matter of entering that record to see the messages that the other person deleted.”
Oh, did I mention this is for Android users only? So if you’ve got an iPhone and are sending messages to someone with an Android, be mindful of that.
You see, whether or not the message was deleted by the sender, the messages still stays in the notification log regardless.
And the Notification History app, which you must download in order to see deleted messages, is a shortcut to that record:
That there, in red, is the deleted message. And it’s in Spanish because, well, the dudes who provided the example are Spanish.
If you’re that desperate to see a deleted message, then there you have it.
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