Users of the popular messaging app now have 4096 seconds in which to delete messages they don’t want their contacts to read.
According to Wabetainfo Messages on Whatsapp can now be recalled up to 4096 seconds after they were posted, which comes down to about 1 hour 8 minutes and 16 seconds.
This is a significant increase from the 7 minutes previously possible when the ‘delete for everyone’ option first went live back in October 2017.
The ‘delete for everyone’ function is the latest addition, in a series of tweaks that have been made to the popular app over the years. From the ‘read receipts,’ to the ‘Videocall’ feature, to the ‘video statuses’ or even the ‘reply’ function. Each have contributed to making the whatsapp experience more complete and enjoyable.
What’s it for?:
Now thanks to the ‘Delete for everyone,’ more than 1 billion users of WhatsApp can unsend embarrassing messages or recall messages sent to the wrong recipient. No more, ‘Sorry wrong sender’ messages!
“Sometimes you may send a message and then realise later that there was a better, more effective way of saying what you wanted to say. And so now you can recall messages, especially if they haven’t read it yet , and send a better version of your message,” says Cedric Edem Fiadjoe , 31, Business owner.
How it works:
It is now possible to unsend not just texts but videos, pictures, gifs, voice messages and emoticons.
You can choose to delete a message solely from your phone, or you can decide to delete it from the recipient’s phone too.
Messages deleted from your phone will no longer be visible. However messages deleted ‘for everyone’ will be deleted from both phones however a ‘this message has been deleted’ will appear which alert the other party to the fact that a message has been deleted although they will not know the message that was deleted was.
Whatsapp is currently the most used chat service in the world. Founded in 2009 by Brian Acton and Jan Koum.
The company raised 8 million dollars in a Series A funding round in 2011, with Sequoia Capital and then a further 52 million in a Series B round of funding in February 2013
Was bought by facebook in February 2014 for $19 billion dollars. That was when it had 450 million monthly users. Today whatsapp has 1.5 billion active users.
Did you know?
It is possible to format text you send on whatsapp. You can now italicize , bolden or put a strikethrough through your text.
To italicise the text, italicize put underscores before and after the word(s) you want to italicise (_hello Bullingan_) to make your text bold use Asterix before and after your message and if you want to use a strikethrough effect place a tilde before and after your message (~hello Bullingan~)