WhatsApp recently introduced a new delete feature ‘Delete for Everyone’ whereby users can delete their WhatsApp messages for all the recipients. To everyone’s disappointment, the new feature doesn’t work full to its potential. The Spanish Android blog, Android Jefe has discovered that one can still read deleted messages on Android phones.
A thirds party app has manipulated WhatsApp’s notification log. If you install this app on your android mobile, you would be able to read the deleted WhatsApp messages even after they have been deleted from the company’s server. However, you cannot retrieve messages that have been already seen and received before installation of the third party app. The issue is causing concern to Android’s notification system which logs all incoming alert on the device. This is also because notifications log cannot restrict root users.
Here is how you can read deleted WhatsApp messages on Android devices.
Download a free app called ‘Notification History Log’ from the Play Store. Android users running Android 7.0 or higher version can only take advantage of this app.
Permit the app to store your incoming notifications.
Now, the app will store all the notifications in the ‘Advanced History’. This app stores all kinds of notifications, messages including those deleted as well as delete notifications.
The app may delight WhatsApp users who do not like the new ‘Delete for Everyone’ option introduced recently. There is more that the Notification History Log app can do. You can also access the native notification log of Android through ‘Notification History’. The app can also be used to blacklist other apps. This way you can choose to store notifications from the apps that you wish. However, the feature will cost you some bucks. The app can also let you decide size of the notification log.
WhatApp may try to solve this bug and might come up with a future update that would obligate third party apps from manipulating its features. Meanwhile, we have our fingers crossed!