WhatsApp finally lets you delete your messages after you've sent them
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By Admin - November 12, 2017 10:45 pm   0   429   0

WhatsApp has finally added a new feature that’s been rumored for a while now, the ability to revoke chats you’ve already sent out. After testing the feature for most of this year, it’s finally out in the wild with the latest update. The patch now lets you delete a message up to seven minutes after you’ve sent it.

It’s not just one on one threads either, you can even revoke a text from a group chat. However, both users involved would need to have the new version of the app for the feature to work, so don’t expect to erase your embarrassing mistakes if someone in the group hasn’t updated yet.

The feature is currently rolling out to WhatsApp users through this week. You’ll see the new delete option when you select your chat on your phone, allowing you to “delete for everyone” instead of just from your device. It still has some kinks so WhatsApp warns recipients may still see your chat if it somehow fails to delete, and may even still be able to read it in an unread notification once it’s been removed.

Either way, it’s still a handy feature to have when you accidentally text sweet nothings to your boss instead of your girlfriend or make the worst alcohol-induced typo.

How to delete a WhatsApp message

  • Open WhatsApp and go to the chat containing the message you wish to delete.
  • Tap and hold the message. Optionally, tap more messages to delete multiple messages at once.
  • Tap Delete at the top of the screen => Delete for everyone.

In order to be able to delete a message, you will have to have the latest version of WhatsApp installed on your iPhone or Android device. What's more, the recipients will also have to have the latest version installed.

WhatsApp cautions that your friends may still read your message before it's deleted. And, of course, they can always screengrab it before you're able to banish it to the digital netherworld.

Still, the option is a huge bonus to the messaging service. Never will you have to suffer an awkward WhatsApp moment again.