WhatsApp has rolled out a new feature that allows users to delete text messages sent out erroneously to the wrong recipient or chat group.
“Deleting messages for everyone allows you to delete specific messages you have sent to either a group or an individual chat. This is particularly useful if you sent a message to the wrong chat or if the message you sent contains a mistake” read a note from the messaging provider.
Here’s how you go about it:
- 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.
But there is a catch though, WhatsApp notes that in order for this to work, both the sender and the recipient must be using the latest version of WhatsApp for Android, iPhone or Windows Phone.
The service provider also noted that a sender can only delete messages for everyone within seven minutes of sending. Once seven minutes have lapsed, there is no way to delete messages “for everyone”.
The new feature, named ‘Delete for Everyone’, has started rolling out to some users on Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone app.
This feature will work if both the recipient and sender have the latest version of WhatsApp installed and it also works on the web version.
When you update your WhatsApp, you press the trash icon and then it works.
Alongside the ‘delete for everyone’ option, users will also see the ‘delete for me’ option, if they only want to delete the message from their phone. It only works within 7 minutes of sending the message – after that, the message can’t be recalled. Deleted messages will be replaced by “This message was deleted for everyone.
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