The Shock update allows friends to “unsend” THEIR messages in group chats.

WHATSAPP is testing a new update that will allow other people to “unsend” your messages.

The big change will allow anyone running a group chat to make messages disappear – even if someone else sent them.

WhatsApp is working on a surprising new feature


WhatsApp is working on a surprising new featurePhoto credit: WhatsApp / WABetaInfo

And those texts disappear for everyone, not just the person who presses delete.

Currently it is only possible to “unsend” your own texts – and only within a certain time limit.

But this new feature would allow group admins to “unsend” anyone’s message.

The update was spotted by popular gadget blog WABetaInfo, which regularly scours WhatsApp for new features – and then shares them online.

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WhatsApp tells everyone in the group that the message wasn’t sent.

And it will also reveal who deleted the text for everyone.

“When the feature is enabled and you delete an incoming message for everyone in a group, other people can read who deleted the message,” WABetaInfo explained.

WhatsApp is also expected to increase the time you have to retract messages in the app.

According to WABetaInfo, the limit increases to 60 hours – that’s two and a half days.

This particular feature is classified as “under development”.

That means it’s not available yet, even if you’re a beta tester.

But it will likely be available in the WhatsApp beta at some point.

And if it is successful, then it will be rolled out to WhatsApp users in general.

Unfortunately, it can take weeks, months, or even years for WhatsApp to be happy with the feature.

If you want to try it out as early as possible, it’s worth signing up for the WhatsApp beta.

You can find out how to do this below.

How to get WhatsApp beta

To download WhatsApp Beta for your smartphone, you need to go to Google Play on your Android and search for WhatsApp.

Scroll down the page until you see “Become a Beta Tester”.

Tap the “I’m in” button, then tap “Join” to confirm.

Now all you have to do is wait for the update to the beta version of the app.

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Participating in the WhatsApp beta on iPhone is more difficult and has a limited capacity.

Follow Apple’s instructions here.

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