WHATSAPP has optimized the time you have to “unsend” a text.
The Delete for All feature allows you to recall a message with a one-hour prior time limit.
This meant that messages sent over an hour ago could not be recalled.
But WhatsApp has made a subtle change to the feature that extends the time.
You now have a generous two-day window to unsend messages.
That means you have a lot more time to consider whether or not an SMS should stay on WhatsApp indefinitely.
There are many reasons to recall messages.
Perhaps you messaged the wrong person, shared a typo-strewn letter, or sent a drunk text message that you deeply regret in the cold light of day.
Whatever the reason, you can now withdraw an SMS within 48 hours.
To do this, go into the chat and hold your finger on the message.
Now click on “Delete” and select “Delete for everyone”.
Pressing “Delete for me” doesn’t retract the message – it just removes it for you.
Placeholder text remains in the chat to indicate that some text has been removed.
There’s another catch: the feature requires everyone to be using the latest version of WhatsApp.
That means a message you didn’t send might not actually get deleted for people using older versions of the app.
Worse, you’re not told it’s the case.
So if you’re very cautious, try to stick to the one-hour window for a few weeks – until more people have updated.
The functional optimization was announced via the official WhatsApp Twitter page.
WhatsApp wrote: “Reconsidering your message?
“You now have a little over 2 days to delete your messages from your chats after hitting send.”
WhatsApp started allowing users to unsubscribe from text messages back in 2017.
Originally, users only had seven minutes to remember a message.
But in 2018, the grace period was extended to one hour.
And it’s now grown to two much more useful days to make things a lot easier for users.
To update your WhatsApp, go to the Apple App Store on iPhone or the Google Play Store on Android.
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