Finally, Whatsapp has answered our prayers and gave us a delete option! You’re now able to delete Whatsapp messages – even the delivered ones – for you and the person you sent it to. So, next time you send a saucy message to the family Whatsapp group, there’s a way out…
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So, how do you delete messages on Whatsapp?
- Tap and hold the message you want to delete. You can also select multiple messages to remove.
- Once you’ve selected all the messages you want to remove, click on the delete icon on the bar that appears on the top of the screen
- You’ll then be given three options – choose the ‘delete for everyone’ option to remove from your chat and the recipient’s chat.
You have to delete the message within seven minutes of sending; otherwise, the ‘delete for everyone’ option disappears. And the feature doesn’t just work for text messages; you can also delete media files including photos, videos and voice notes. Thank you, Whatsapp!
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What happens after you delete a message?
- The message will be replaced with ‘This message was deleted’ on the recipient’s chat, so you won’t be able to quietly delete messages without anyone noticing.
- If the double tick has turned blue before you’ve had a chance to delete the message, that means that the other person has already seen it. Depending on what you sent, the damage would already have been done, but you can still remove it from the chat.
- Speaking about blue double ticks… This feature still can’t control people taking screenshots of messages before you delete them.
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