We have all been through this.
Earlier, media including images, GIF, video, voice message, and document, were stored on WhatsApp's server for 30 days till they were downloaded by the user.
If you're among the users who were annoyed by the faulty timestamps, you can download the latest WhatsApp beta version on your device by visiting Google Play. Recently WhatsApp had confirmed that the user's data and communications are secured with end-to-end encryption and nobody in between can read messages and listen to calls, not even WhatsApp.
According to a report by WAbetainfo, a new minor WhatsApp feature has been silently added to updates between 2.18.106 and 2.18.110.
The new update will let the user download the image or video even after it has been downloaded earlier. However, now, WhatsApp will not delete the data from the server and will enable users to download it again if it was deleted accidentally.
WhatsApp will be saving these media files in their servers for a much longer time.
The company has rolled out this new upgrade for Android so far but it is expected to be launched for iOS soon. However, it is important to note if you have deleted the message, then there is no way to download the data. WhatsApp beta version 2.18.109 for Android was first released on April 12. It seems version 2.18.113 of the Android app supports this feature. Extremely old stuff from August 2017 wasn't accessible at all, with WhatsApp simply asking them to request the sender to forward the media again. Due to a mysterious bug, the timestamp on the chat window of users is appearing with numbers.
However, users were perplexed by a bug that cropped up last week that replaced the "Yesterday" and "Today" timestamps in the beta with ASCII codes. For now, this new feature is available only for the Android users and further tests are currently underway.