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WhatsApp has finally rolled out its most anticipated feature “Delete For Everyone” that allows its over one billion users revoke their messages in case they sent those to wrong person or a group. You can only delete messages for everyone for up to seven minutes after sending.
“Once seven minutes have passed, there is no way to delete messages for everyone,” Facebook-owned WhatsApp said in its updated FAQ on Friday.
“In order for messages to be successfully deleted for everyone, both you and your receipt must be using the latest version of WhatsApp for Android, iPhone or Windows Phone,” the micro-blogging platform said.
WhatsApp was working on this feature for almost a year.
You can now delete messages for everyone or just for yourself.
“Deleting messages for everyone allows you to delete specific messages you have sent to either a group or an individual chat. This is particular useful if you sent a message to the wrong chat or if the message you sent contains a mistake,” WhatsApp noted.
Messages you successfully delete for everyone will be replaced with “This message was deleted in your recipients” chats.
Similarly, if you see “This message was deleted” in a chat, means that the sender deleted the message for everyone. “If you or your recipients are not using the latest version of WhatsApp for Andriod, IPhone or Windows phone this feature will not be supported,” WhatsApp said.
How it Works
- Open WhatsApp and go to the chat containing the message you wish to delete.
- Tap and hold the message and choose Delete from the menu.
- Optionally, select more messages to delete multiple messages at once. Then tap “Delete for Everyone”.