After complaints that the encrypted messaging app WhatsApp deletes messages too quickly, users will now be given more time to delete their messages before others can see them.

A one full day isn’t enough time to delete messages from chats, whether you’ve accidentally sent something to the wrong person or written something you later regretted after having a few pints. Fortunately, Meta is attempting to solve this problem⁠— by testing an extended time period to send back messages.

According to WABetaInfo, the WhatsApp beta programme has recently added the capability for users to delete messages and let recipients know they’ve been deleted, but they’ve now spotted that this feature will soon be extended to two days and 12 hours.

They said: “The previous limit was 1 hour, 8 minutes, and 16 seconds. We just tried to delete a message sent yesterday and it worked! We can also confirm that the new time limit is really 2 days and 12 hours, the same one that was planned during the development of the feature.”

How to remove WhatsApp message before anyone can see it?

  1. Open WhatsApp and find the chat you want to delete the message from (fig.1)
  2. Long press and hold on the message. You can also select multiple messages to delete them all at once, if you wish (fig.2)
  3. Tap the Delete > Delete for everyone. (fig.3)
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Select messages that you wish to delete and tap the bin icon fig 2
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Tap OK

“Delete for everyone” is missing while trying to unsend WhatsApp message

If “delete for everyone” option is missing, then here are the reasons:

  • You and the recipients must be using the latest version of WhatsApp in order for messages to be successfully deleted for everyone.
  • After you send a message, you can request to Delete for Everyone only within an hour.
  • There will be no notice if deleting the message for all was not successful.

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