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WhatsApp is updating its ‘Delete for Everyone’ feature

WhatsApp has modified its ‘Delete for Everyone’ feature that was launched last year. The rather useful WhatsApp feature enables users to retract messages that they may have sent inadvertently.

When the feature was launched, users could recall the messages within seven minutes of sending. However, later on, the limit got increased to 1 hour 8 minutes and 16 seconds.

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And now, the Facebook owned messaging app has plans to change the feature even more in order to enhance the user experience of the app.

The Twitter account that keeps a track of changes made in WhatsApp Beta, WABetaInfo, WhatsApp will soon be getting a ‘Recipient limit.’ Once the update comes to WhatsApp, if you delete a message for everyone, the message may not get recalled if the revoke request doesn’t reach the recipient within 13 hours, 8 minutes and 16 seconds (maybe because the phone was off).

Basically, even if you delete the message within the time limit that has been given by the company, but the revoke request somehow doesn’t reach the recipient, your message will not be deleted. It is worth noticing the new additions work in the background and users don’t have to do anything extra to make sure the revoke request is sent.

The new modification to the feature has been added to prevent manipulation.

WABetaInfo’s Twitter handle further says that the feature has been added as ‘a protection against modded users that revoked messages sent weeks, months and years ago.’

Don’t confuse the time limit of revoke request being sent to recipient with the time limit of being allowed to delete messages. A sent message can still be recalled for only up to 1 hour 8 minutes and 16 seconds, while the time limit for revoke request reaching the recipient is 13 hours, 8 minutes and 16 seconds.

The update in WhatsApp’s Delete for Everyone feature is expected to come to the popular instant messaging app in a few days along with the stickers update. Just days before tweeting about the ‘Recipient limit’ update, WABetaInfo’s Twitter handle has revealed that stickers will be coming to WhatsApp in its Android 2.18.307 version.

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Avani Baggahttp://www.gadgetbridge.com
Avani has an immense love for reading, travelling and food, but not necessarily in the same order. Avani almost started pursuing law, but life had other (better) plans for her and she chose to be a writer instead (luckily!) She previously covered technology at Times Internet and wrote about smartphones, mobile apps and tech startups. When she’s not writing, you’ll be able to find her in book stores or catching up on her social life.


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