WhatsApp extends Delete for All message time limit

Alonzo Simpson
March 12, 2018

"A new WhatsApp for iOS update (2.18.31) is available on AppStore".

WhatsApp only few months ago launched the Delete for everyone feature that allows users to delete any sent message on the app.

Curently only WhatsApp Android beta testers can make use of the the extended deadline for "Delete for Everyone" feature.

Now all of us with a tendency to send messages we later regret have an even bigger safety net, because WhatsApp is rolling out the unsend window to a full hour.

WaBetaInfo reports that Facebook-owned chat company is secretly working on a feature called "Block revoke request" that would be useful in keeping a check on the misuse of Delete for Everyone feature. While earlier the limit was 8 minutes and 32 seconds, when it came to revoking a message from group or private chat, WhatsApp has now extended this to 1 hour, 8 minutes and 16 seconds. WhatsApp is pushing new features and updates in a bid to keep its army of followers happy.

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What's more, if you do delete a message, the other people in the conversation see a "message deleted" alert - so they know that you've said something you've regretted, and may ask you some awkward questions about it.

The report states that the chat app has decided on 24 hours as time frame to ensure that the recipient receives the revoke request. The time limit is 24 hours rather than 1 hour to account for phones which are offline when the Delete for All message is sent.

Deleting messages for everyone allows you to delete specific messages you have sent to either a group or an individual chat.

Hitting the Delete symbol and selecting Delete for Everyone will remove the message for good.

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