WhatsApp on Tuesday announced it has officially rolled out its most anticipated feature ‘Delete for Everyone’ that allows its over one billion users revoke their messages in case they sent those to a wrong person or a group.
“Starting today you can now delete messages you sent by mistake — whether to one person or an entire group,” WhatsApp said in a statement.
Here’s how it works
- Open WhatsApp and go to the chat containing the message you wish to delete.
- Tap and hold the message > choose Delete from the menu. Optionally, select more messages to delete multiple messages at once.
- Tap Delete > Delete for Everyone.
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This feature is rolling out for users around the world on the latest versions of iPhone, Android, Windows Phone as well as desktop.
“This feature is rolling out for users around the world on the latest versions of iPhone, Android, Windows Phone as well as desktop. Both you and the message recipient must be using the latest version of WhatsApp for the message to be successfully deleted,” WhatsApp said.
WhatsApp was working on this feature for almost a year. You can now delete messages for everyone or just for yourself.
“Deleting messages for everyone allows you to delete specific messages you have sent to either a group or an individual chat. This is particularly useful if you sent a message to the wrong chat or if the message you sent contains a mistake,” WhatsApp said in its FAQ.
Messages you successfully delete for everyone will be replaced with “This message was deleted” in your recipients’ chats. Similarly, if you see “This message was deleted” in a chat, it means that the sender deleted their message for everyone. WhatsApp has over 200 million monthly active users in India and 1.2 billion users worldwide.
(Written with inputs from IANS)