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Deleted WhatsApp messages can still be read

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WhatsApp rolled out a Delete for Everyone option recently, allowing anyone to get rid of an embarrassing message forever. However, a Spanish blog recently discovered that there are ways to get around the elimination.

The main loophole which Android Jefe highlights is notifications. It seems all messages are stored in Android’s notification log regardless of whether the sender deleted it later. The receiver would just have to download a third-party app like Notification History and search for that particular WhatsApp missive along with its timestamp and date.

A person could alternatively use something like Nova Launcher to do the same. They’d have to long press on an empty area of the home screen, select Widgets, Activities, Settings, and finally create a shortcut for Notification log. Stock Android phones won’t need to do this as it’ll be accessible directly from Settings.

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There are a few caveats to this method, as per the blog. First of all, a message would actually have to generate a notification. For instance, if the chat window was open then there wouldn’t be an alert. Furthermore, the notification log keeps communications for a few hours at the most and clears out all of them in case of a restart.

It seems only the first approximately 100 characters will be visible via this method and media such as photos and videos can’t be seen at all since just text gets saved. Android 7.0 appears to be best suited for this endeavor, as the publication wasn’t able to replicate it on Marshmallow even though the older OS has a notifications history feature as well.

You can download Notification History via the Google Play Store.