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How to carry out WhatsApp media, links, docs search

You can find almost anything on your WhatsApp account if you remember the proper keyword and importantly, if it was a document, photo or a link.

Updated on: Aug 21 2022, 19:03 IST
WhatsApp media, links, docs search tool allows you to isolate what you want into much more easily searchable parts. (Bloomberg)
WhatsApp media, links, docs search tool allows you to isolate what you want into much more easily searchable parts. (Bloomberg)

Your WhatsApp account has a massive amount of data on it. The more you chat on it, the more you accumulate. This can be in the form of media, links and documents. Every now and then, if you are the negligent type who fails to write down in one place important information, you may have the need to search for some important photo.

Now, if you can isolate some parts of it, locating the information will become so much easier. First of all, you need to remember who sent it or whom did you send it to. Then you must remember whether it was a message or a link or a photo. So, in case it was a photo you are looking for, you need to go to the three dots on that particular chat in your WhatsApp window and in the dropdown, you click on Media, Links, Docs tab. Once that opens, you click on the Media tab right at the top. You will also see the other 2 tabs too - docs and links. Now, all you have to do is spend some time scrolling for the media you are searching for. Considering that you have concentrated the focus on just one aspect of the search, it should be easy to find.

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Even as these tips and tricks are handy to know, here is something important for you to know about your chats. Your backup chats may well be under threat. You see, WhatsApp provides end-to-end encryption of your chats and they are safe. However, what happens to your old chats? These are backed up onto the cloud and there, if authorities want, they can get a warrant to get hold of them all. They can also be hacked into by cybercriminals. This applies to Google Drive as well as iCloud. There is no escape at the moment.

However, in a big relief, WhatsApp is working on a feature where these chats too will get encrypted before they are backed up onto the cloud. WABetaInfo reported that WhatsApp is already running trials for this feature.

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First Published Date: 21 Jul, 07:14 IST