The messaging app recently launched Delete for Everyone, a useful feature that lets you “unsend” embarrassing messages, which effectively removes them from the conversation for both you and the recipient
WhatsApp, one of the most widely used instant messaging apps, rolled out “Delete for Everyone” feature recently. But do deleted messages really disappear from the phone? A new report claims that WhatsApp messages that are deleted are actually still on the device and can be easily accessed.
Spanish Android blog Android Jefe has claimed that deleted messages are present in the notification log of the device. It adds that the recipient can easily access the deleted messages regardless whether it has been deleted from sender’s end. “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,” the blog said.
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 of 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.
And the other Method
1. Go to the home screen on your Android device.
2. Tap and hold the screen in any free area.
3. Tap the widget icon at the bottom of the screen.
4. Now scroll down and select the Settings widget and place it on the home screen.
5. Open the widget and tap the Notification Log.
You’ll see a list of all notifications that you got from all apps including Whatsapp deleted messages.
There’s another method to view the deleted Whatsapp messages which through an app called Notification History in Google Play Store that keeps the record of all the notifications you get.
However, this method works only when you swipe the notification to clear it or tap the message to view it. If you do not see the notification it won’t be logged and you can not see the message.
It doesn’t even matter if you delete the message within 7 minutes or after 7 minutes if the person reads the message from the notification bar. Even if he/she doesn’t they can access it through the notification log.
And more Details
Android Jefe has found that you can read messages that have already been deleted through your Notification Log on Android phones. While it isn’t a big flaw, it’s still a strange discovery.
You can do this by long-pressing the Settings icon, tapping the Widgets symbol that appears at the top of the pop-up window, and dragging the Settings widget to your home screen.
After that, scroll down to Notification Log and tap on the relevant entry on the list.
Alternatively, you can view the same list by downloading an app called Notification History.
The Independent tried out both methods and found that, while it is possible to view messages that have been deleted, you need to have already interacted with them.
We were able to read any deleted messages that we’d already read in WhatsApp, for example, and any deleted messages that we’d swiped away when they first appeared on-screen as notifications.
We weren’t, however, able to recover any deleted messages that we hadn’t seen or interacted with before they were deleted, which should come as a relief for everyone.WhatsApp trick lets you ‘unsend’ embarrassing messages from days ago
After all, if someone has already seen a message you accidentally sent before you manage to delete it, the worst of the damage has already been done.
That said, you can still gain a little peace of mind by removing an embarrassing message from view, even it it’s already been seen. This flaw, unfortunately, preserves it.
There are further caveats too. The methods described above only work for text messages, and they’ll disappear from the Notification Log when you restart your phone.