WhatsApp making a big change in its ‘Delete for Everyone’ feature

WhatsApp 'delete message for everyone' feature to soon get a new update

According to the new update, users will not be able to delete sent messages after 13 hours, eight minutes and 16 seconds unless the recipient has got the notification, WAbetaInfo reported.

At the time of the launch, users were allowed to delete/recall a message within 7 minutes of sending it. This essentially means users can not delete a message for everyone if the recipient does not receive the revoke request in 13 hours, 8 minutes and 16 seconds. In addition to the increase in the time limit, WhatsApp is also apparently adding a new rule to the recall message or Delete For Everyone feature.

The Facebook-owned instant messaging giant, WhatsApp has been making quick iterations to its application this year.

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The "Delete for Everyone" feature was rolled out a year ago to allow its one billion plus users revoke their messages in case they sent those to a wrong person or a group. This was later increased to one hour and eight minutes and 16 seconds. "You can still delete a message for everyone within 1h, 8m, 16s as long as the recipient will receive your revoke request within 13h, 8m, 16s", goes the tweet. There might be occasions when a recipient won't be prompted for a request and this can happen when their phone is switched off or when the cellular data is turned off.

This also means that if the recipient does not receive the "delete message" request within 13h, 8m, 16s - in case of network issue or if the user's device is off - it can't be deleted from the sender's end. It said, "WhatsApp has updated the "Recipient limit". Apparently, stickers are popular in chat apps in some Asian countries and WhatsApp is hoping to woo more users by allowing people to use big stickers. This step appears to be in response to random delete requests for older messages.

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