WhatsApp rolls out the ability to delete sent messages, but you'll have to be quick about it

WhatsApp rolls out the ability to delete sent messages, but you'll have to be quick about it

It looks like WhatsApp has finished testing the ability to unsend messages that you feeling are inappropriate and wish you could take back. Yes, you will finally be able to delete WhatsApp messages that you sent to a contact, but you'll have to be quick about it.

Although WhatsApp did not yet announce anything related to the new feature, the FAQ page of the application has been recently updated to reflect the addition of the new functionality. The new feature is called “Delete for everyone” and will be available for Android, iOS and Windows Phone users.

In order to delete a message that you sent, you have to go to the chat thread, tap and hold the message, and choose the “Delete for everyone” option. The new feature allows users to select multiple messages and delete them all at once.

The only caveat would be the fact that WhatsApp will only recall messages up to seven minutes after sending them, which is why we said that you'll have to be quick about it. If successful, the messages will be replaced with a “This message was deleted” notice.

Keep in mind that WhatsApp hasn't yet rolled out the new feature to all users, so it seems that this is more of a phased released, which means it will take some time to arrive on all devices.

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12 Comments

1. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Meh, things will get too easy now

2. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

You are welcome to use postcards

4. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I do quite often

8. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

You might as well be using pigeons.

3. Cyberchum

Posts: 1011; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I'm using GBWhatsapp, and the "recall" feature is present on the latest version—which has been out for weeks. And one could "recall" at anytime.

9. GhostV6

Posts: 10; Member since: Apr 04, 2017

I'm also using Whatsapp GB... and it's awesome because i can also hide chats

5. Clars123

Posts: 1073; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

7 minutes.More than enough. You greatly underestimate my level of panic after sending a risky message

6. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Been using "recall" on Wechat for about a year now :)

7. willywanta

Posts: 497; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Finally

10. panos50

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 29, 2017

I have been using this feature on bbm, and loving it. I believe people should start using bbm again because they have greatly improved , I’ve tried what’s app and deleted within 24 hours my 3 cents cheers

11. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

It depends on the circle of users which you're around with. Those whom I keep in touch with do not use BBM, so, WhatsApp is he way to go.

12. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Would this also remove the message from the recipient's notification shade/centre?

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