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I deleted some WhatsApp messages from my phone, but they are still visible in a blurred way in the chat. I know that's normal, but when I clicked on them, they are redownloaded. Even messages from the beginning of the year.

I was wondering whether these messages are stored on WhatsApp servers, or does WhatsApp "reupload" these pictures from the phone of the sender if they are still there?

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From WhatsApp FAQ, Troubleshoot blurry photos,

Once a photo is downloaded onto your device, it can't be redownloaded. You'd have to ask your contact to send it to you again.

(Emphasis supplied)

So, it's being retrieved from the sender.

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