Users Can Still Read Deleted WhatsApp Messages With a Simple Trick

WhatsApp recently rolled out the much-anticipated ‘Delete for Everyone’ feature for all its Android, iOS, and Windows Phone users. WhatsApp users across the world are actively using the feature, after all, it’s a much-asked feature. However, users can still read the deleted WhatsApp messages with a simple workaround.

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The deleted WhatsApp messages aren’t deleted permanently, instead, they’re still present on the smartphone and users can easily access it. A Spanish blog named Android Jefe states that the deleted messages are saved in the notification log of the device, which is the place where the message receiver can access it.

“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 report said.

So, how to access the deleted messages? That’s very simple. There are two ways to access the deleted messages- the first one is by downloading a third-party application named Notification History, which displays all the notification logs on your smartphone.

The second method is with the help of Nova launcher or any other third-party launcher. All you need to do is head over to widgets section by tapping the home screen, and this notification log widget is present under activities department. You can add a notification log widget by heading over to Widgets > Activities > Settings > Notification Log. If you add a widget, it will be visible on your home screen.

That said, there are some drawbacks to both the methods. You have to check the deleted message without restarting the application, if you restart WhatsApp, then the notification log will be cleared including the deleted message. And the second one is that only first 100 characters of the deleted messages are visible, and not the complete message.

Nevertheless, it’s a good way to keep an eye on the deleted messages. There’s no way WhatsApp could fix this as it’s an Android system level issue. All it should now do it stop notifying users about the deleted message, which they might add in the next update. WhatsApp is yet to respond to all these claims.

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November 16, 2017 9:11 pm 9:11 PM

but why there is any need to read deleted message. it has been deleted by the senders because it was sent by mistake or validity of that message has expired and it has no use of reading now. second one is not possible as of now as it allows senders to delete the message within 7 minutes only.

why should receiver be interested in knowing what mistake sender has made??

November 17, 2017 7:47 pm 7:47 PM

Messages can be deleted even after 7 minutes. Just Google it up.

November 17, 2017 10:50 am 10:50 AM

Same reason why people watch Bigg Boss. Curiosity, Gossip, in search of Masala 😛

November 16, 2017 4:58 pm 4:58 PM

There are much better chat apps than whatsapp. Like telegram. But because of the already established userbase, its on an advantage and I dont see the userbase going down cause no one will leave until someone else will also leave and that causes infinity.

November 17, 2017 7:51 pm 7:51 PM

Yup, there are much better chat apps. But whatsapp got the first mover advantage. It capitalised on it.

Prashant Fauzadar
November 17, 2017 4:08 pm 4:08 PM

+1 for Telegram, I like its supergroup feature.

Ruchit Shah (Gujarat)
November 16, 2017 10:29 am 10:29 AM

Google Allo is currently best. Only iMessage equivalent I can see is Google Allo. Whatsapp feels boring now.

November 16, 2017 11:54 am 11:54 AM

Out of the three only WhatsApp has end to end encryption. So you decide whether you want secure and boring or fun but insecure.
And not to mention it’s massive user base as compared to the others

Ruchit Shah (Gujarat)
November 16, 2017 3:54 pm 3:54 PM

One more thing. I message is end to end is one of the most secured chat apps even more than whatsapp. In Whatsapp we received that your profile info will be shared with fb. Those who opted out are protected and those who are newbees are not so much secured. Apple and imessage are the most secured.

November 16, 2017 7:06 pm 7:06 PM

Agreed on both the points but still iMessage is limited to iOS

Ruchit Shah (Gujarat)
November 16, 2017 3:51 pm 3:51 PM

Yes true. But I think Google will bring end to end soon. There is a private chat option though. Google assistant just throws away any other chat apps.