It was trumpeted as a big new feature, but WhatsApp’s new tool which allows users to delete messages after sending them isn’t quite as secure as you’d hope.
An Android blog has found a way for users to read messages, even after they’ve been deleted using ‘Delete for Everyone’.
The workaround uses Android’s system which stores a record of notifications on the phone, and which stores a record of WhatsApp messages.
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It can be accessed on some Android 7.0 devices by creating a widget on the home screen (just hold a finger down), then selecting a Settings widget, then notifications from the menu that pops up.
If that doesn’t work, there are several apps which show the notification log.
Santiago S of the Android Jefe blog says, ‘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.’