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Delete (Recall/Unsend) WhatsApp Messages from the Receiver’s Phone

WhatsApp is rolling out a new feature called "Delete for Everyone". The feature lets WhatsApp users to delete sent messages even when they are delivered to the receiver's smartphone. Read on to know more about the feature and how you too can make use of it.

WhatsApp is now letting the users to delete the sent messages. Not just from your phone, but from the receiver’s phone as well. So, the sent messages can be essentially taken back now.

We’ve all been in the situation when we’ve sent the message to the wrong person. And no matter how quickly we realize it, the message gets sent. We can delete it from our phone, but the receiver is going to receive it. Whether you agree or not, I’m sure each one of us has faced this at least once.

That’s why WhatsApp is introducing the new feature of deleting sent messages. Now, instead of covering up the wrongly sent message with excuses, you can pull it back (retract/recall) and relax. That said, WhatsApp will replace the recalled message with a placeholder “This message was deleted“, so the other party will know that a message has been deleted by you. Here’s how to make use of the feature on your smartphone.

How to Recall or Unsend sent messages in WhatsApp?

The feature used to recall WhatsApp Messages is called “Delete for Everyone”. You can unsend or delete a message for up to 7 minutes after sending the message. If it has been more than 7 minutes since the message was sent, then you cannot delete it. Follow the steps below to delete a WhatsApp Message which you have just sent:

  1. Open the chat conversation.
  2. Tap and hold on the message to delete for everyone. Select multiple message if you want to delete more than 1 message.
  3. Tap on the trash  icon ||and choose “Delete for Everyone”.
    Delete for Everyone WhatsApp

The “Delete for Everyone” feature is available for Windows Phone, Android and iOS devices. BlackBerry and Nokia Asha devices are excluded from the purview of the feature.

Note: The messages will only be deleted from the receiver’s phone IF you choose “Delete for everyone”. On the other hand, if you tap on “Delete for me”, then the messages will be deleted only from your phone.

Help! “Delete for Everyone” not available to me

Delete for Everyone feature on WhatsApp is not yet enabled for all users. If you are running the latest version of WhatsApp (even the beta) and you still don’t see the option, then you are not alone. The feature is only rolled out to a very limited number of users. It will take a while before the feature becomes available to you.

Pros and Cons of “Delete for Everyone” WhatsApp Feature

Every new thing has two sides – the good and the bad. Let’s take a look at the good and the bad of WhatsApp’s latest “Delete for Everyone” feature.

  • Delete messages sent mistakenly to a person or group
  • Avoid embarrassing situations
  • Maintain professionalism by deleting messages with typos
  • Deletion limited to 7 mins from sending to avoid misuse
  • Messages might already be seen before deletion
  • Requires latest version of WhatsApp
  • Cannot delete delivered message till receiver is connected to network
  • Persons can say something and take it back, leaving no traces

Time to keep screenshots: The feature is overall good as there is not much to lose. However, if you receive a message which can make or break things, then it is fair to take a screenshot so that you have an evidence even if the sender tries to delete the message. You can regularly delete the screenshots as the message cannot be deleted after 7 minutes have elapsed.

Your say! Is the feature to delete sent WhatsApp messages enabled for you? Do you like it or hate it? Do share your experience with the feature.

About the author

Narender Singh

Narender is a B-school graduate who loves technology. He generally, avoids news and spends his time writing guides and tutorials which add value to the web. Shoot any of your questions to him at [email protected]

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