WhatsApp is rolling out a new feature on its beta channel to allow users to delete messages two days after sending them. Earlier, the Meta-owned messaging platform allowed users to delete messages an hour after sending them. This feature not only applies to text messages, but users can also unsend media files like photos and videos.
Spotted by WhatsApp updates tracker WABetaInfo, the feature is rolling out on WhatsApp beta for Android version 22.214.171.124. The report adds that users will be able to unsend messages precisely two days and 12 hours after hitting send. The same publication spotted the development of the feature back in February this year. However, its stable rollout details on regular WhatsApp channels remain unclear.
WhatsApp is also seemingly working on another delete-related feature, which may roll out soon. The feature will let group admins delete any messages and media files in the chat. It is yet to reach beta channels, which essentially means it may take a long time to roll out to regular customers.
WhatsApp might increase the time limit for deleting messages
A screenshot shared by WABetaInfo shows a ‘delete for everyone’ option on a message that has been sent more than been selected from beyond the current deletion time. Building upon the same, the publication confirms that the time limit to delete a message on the platform will be increased to seven days and eight minutes through an update in the future. As the feature is still under development, the company might change its plans through an official announcement.
As the feature is under development, it is not available to beta testers at the moment. The company has been adding new features to WhatsApp Desktop for adding to the user experience. Recently, WhatsApp Desktop also got the ability to edit photos while sending them via desktop. The feature allows users to scribble on a photo, crop the unnecessary parts and rotate it. Additionally, WhatsApp has also added the ability to attend video and voice calls through WhatsApp Desktop, which is currently available to some users.
A leaked memo also confirmed Meta’s plans to launch Whatsapp Communities at the end of 2022.
According to the report, there is no notification in the beta version that alerts users about the increased time limit to delete messages. You will just need to try it for yourself by sending a message to a group and then attempting to delete it after a couple of days.