How to delete WhatsApp messages you sent (new time limit)
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(Pocket-lint) – Have you ever sent a WhatsApp message that you quickly regretted? Or maybe you regretted it later that day or the following week? Either way, it’s the same thing. It’s not a pleasant feeling, and it makes us wish the messaging service didn’t have a cancel button.
Well, did you know it is?
Starting in 2017, WhatsApp started allowing users to delete their sent messages with a feature called “Delete for All”. There are a few caveats to how it works – like you have to delete your sent message within a certain time frame. But here’s everything you need to know.
How to delete your sent WhatsApp messages
Update and open the latest version of WhatsApp app on your phone and follow these steps:
- Go to the chat containing the message you want to delete.
- Touch and hold the message, then choose Delete from the menu.
- You can also select multiple messages to delete multiple messages at once.
- Next, tap Delete, then tap Delete for All.
Advice : ifyou press Delete for me instead of Delete for everyone, the message will only be deleted for you. Your recipient will still see it.
How long do you have to delete a message?
To successfully delete a message you sent to someone on WhatsApp, you must decide to do so within the first two days. Originally, WhatsApp limited the ability to delete messages to 7 minutes after they were sent, then extended that to one hour. The ability to delete a message within two days first started in August 2022.
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Can a recipient know if you deleted a message?
Yes. Your recipient will see a “This message has been deleted” notice (which won’t look suspicious or otherwise). But seriously, it can also accidentally read messages you sent before you had time to delete them.
Who can delete messages?
The ability to delete messages you sent on WhatsApp up to two days later is now available to all WhatsApp users on Android and iPhone.
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Written by Maggie Tillman.