whatsapp - storage

Where are the chats, images inside the chats in whatsapp stored? is it on the smart-phone or on some whatsapp server...
does it depend on the smartphone?

pl guide

thanks a lot
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Gerald ConnollyCommented:
I think you will find that they are stored in the cloud (ie a server farm somewhere in the Internet), your pictures might be in both places, ie on your phone and in the cloud
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ts84zsAuthor Commented:
so for e.g. if i send image to my chat group.
so if an image is removed/deleted from the cloud, will it be gone from everybody's whatsapp in that group ?
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Gerald ConnollyCommented:
I believe so, although what's app will probably still have a copy(s) squirrelled away somewhere
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