New WhatsApp feature allows sent messages to be deleted

28 October, 2017, 01:11 | Author: Randy Kelley
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WhatsApp is rolling out a brand new feature that lets users delete messages they're already sent.

WhatsApp's new Delete for everyone feature is said to be the prominent among the most asked for one, and is probably going to make things marginally less demanding for WhatsApp clients. In the menu that appears, choose "Delete" 'Delete for Everyone.' You also have the option of deleting messages just for yourself to clear them off your chat log - this won't get rid of them for others, though. Similarly, if you see "This message was deleted' in a chat, it means that the sender deleted their message for everyone".

The feature has two options: users can delete the message for themselves or for everyone. Your chat recipient (or recipients) also need to update WhatsApp to its latest version. The only problem though, is that you won't be able to retract or delete these messages after seven minutes.

Delete for Everyone does not support messages sent in a Broadcast List (saved list of message recipients who you can repeatedly send broadcast messages without having to select them each time).

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The messages you delete will be replaced by "This messaged was deleted" in the chat. And finally, you won't get any notification if deleting for everyone was not successful.

To delete a sent message, Android users simply have to long-press on a message and tap on the delete icon. To access the delete functionality, just tap and hold. Right now the feature is rolling out to certain users, according to The Next Web. It might be a while before the public version of WhatsApp incorporates this feature. Your recipients will still see the messages in their chat screen. Also the texts contained in the quoted messages can not be deleted.

In addition, senders will not be able to know if the message being recalled has been effective on the receiver's end. The feature should be making its way to more and more devices over the next couple days, however, so keep checking now and then to see when it lands on your phone.


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