WhatsApp Starts Letting Users Delete Messages After They've Been Sent

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    WhatsApp is currently rolling out the ability to delete and revoke messages after they've been sent. The function has been in testing as a hidden feature in several earlier versions of the mobile chat app, but is officially going live this week.

    Going forward, WhatsApp users will be able delete messages from conversations and group chats up to seven minutes after they've tapped the send button, as long as both sender and receiver have updated to the latest version of the app.

    The new option, called "Delete for everyone" will appear in addition to "Delete for me", and is already showing up for some users when they select a message to trash.

    In a published support article, WhatsApp notes that recipients "may see your messages before it's deleted or if deletion was not successful", so the feature isn't guaranteed to work all the time. It's also possible that some users may still see the messages in notifications before they're deleted.

    Users aren't notified if a delete request fails, but messages that have been successfully deleted for everyone will be replaced with "This message was deleted" in recipients' chat threads.

    According to WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is currently testing group voice calls internally, so it's likely this feature will also turn up in a forthcoming update.

    WhatsApp is a free download for iPhone from the App Store. [Direct Link]

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  2. GadgetBen macrumors 6502a


    Jul 8, 2015
    Perfect, can't wait to try this next time I go out drinking
  3. huffhuff macrumors member

    Jan 21, 2010
    Somebody give me an example of when this would be useful...?!?
  4. Hater macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2017
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    5 minutes after you've sent a picture of your womanly parts and are wondering if it was such a crash hot idea.
  5. Stiksi macrumors regular


    Dec 7, 2007
    Clearly what we need is a tool for cyberbullies to wipe their trail after they've sent offending messages.
  6. ACST Suspended

    Sep 5, 2016
    Like I did just now?
  7. wackymacky macrumors 68000


    Sep 20, 2007
    38°39′20″N 27°13′10″W
    Or other nefarious purposes.
  8. Apple blogger macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2013
    Flaws in the feature, and it should not work like that..

    The whole point of deleting is that the other person shouldn't know we deleted... so if it's states "message has been deleted" that's wrong... also, we should not be allowed to delete if the other person has seen the message, it'll create a lot of problems going further between the 2, because the other person will say," it's my chat records, who are you to delete the messages without my permission, even if it's your own"

    Whatsapp should also notify, that delete request was failed.

    I can agree with the notification issue, because that's system wide. That would be Apples job, to change the system of revoking notifications, and figuring out how the phone and the app know whether the notification has been seen or not... may be Face ID would help in that case...
  9. JosephAW macrumors 68020


    May 14, 2012
    Used this feature in Telegram for a while when communicating via audio with my handicap friend and they accidentally hit send after starting a message and were not finished. They just delete the audio and try again whether or not I've listened to it. Not aware of any time limit through.
  10. 576316 macrumors 601

    May 19, 2011
  11. Oblivious.Robot macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2014
    Not the right thread, but seriously guys reviews on X are out on YouTube! :D
  12. Glassed Silver macrumors 68020

    Glassed Silver

    Mar 10, 2007
    Kassel, Germany
    5 minutes later you're already in the camera roll I'm afraid...

    I mean, it's a chance still so fair enough.

    ^ALL of this. Very good proposals.

    Glassed Silver:mac
  13. d5aqoëp macrumors 6502a


    Feb 9, 2016
    Dumb enough to be the most popular Instant message app.
  14. ikir macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2007
    Whatsapp staff: “ok which Telegram features we can copy next?”
  15. Sausage.Biscuit macrumors newbie

    Jun 5, 2012
    Yeah no joke. Most of my friends gave up Whatsapp/Kik for Telegram a long time ago.
  16. 576316 macrumors 601

    May 19, 2011
    Yeah, but it's not popular because of its name. It's popular because of its service. The name is dumb.
  17. scrapesleon macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2017
    Nice now I can think twice before messaging my ex
  18. vooke macrumors 6502


    Jul 14, 2014
    What’s the big deal, Telegram has been at it for like forever, including editing messages
  19. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    A $22,000,000,000 "dumb" name indeed.
  20. 576316 macrumors 601

    May 19, 2011
    That's not evidence as to why the name isn't dumb. The name is still dumb. It's just a very, very well known household-name...name. The fact the app was ever called that is dumb, but now they're stuck with it.
  21. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    The point is that it worked on many levels as far as being popular and being successful on all fronts essentially as far as it goes for a mobile app. So while it might be a dumb name in the opinion of some (given that that's subjective) the success pretty much outweighs it so much that not only does it not matter but it's actually a very positive thing as far as the app goes. We never know what might have been if the app was called something else.
  22. dampfnudel macrumors 68040

    Aug 14, 2010
    Brooklyn, NY
    Terrorists/criminals communicating with each other.

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