Here’s how to see messages someone has ‘deleted’ on WhatsApp

WhatsApp (CondividiTV)

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.’

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