How to delete sent WhatsApp messages

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The latest version of WhatsApp lets you delete sent WhatsApp messages from the recipient’s phone if they were sent to them in error – hopefully before they read it. How does it work? We show you in this article.

But before we do that, note that you can only delete a sent message from the recipient’s phone only within the first 7 minutes if sending the message. We guess that is enough window for you to determine that a message was set in error. After seven minutes, the message stays sent forever.

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How to delete sent WhatsApp messages

To recall Whatsapp messages for everyone:

  1. In WhatsApp, open the chat containing the sent message you wish to delete.
  2. Tap and hold the message. You can also tap more messages to delete multiple messages at once.
  3. Tap Delete at the top of the screen > Delete for everyone.

The selected message or messages get deleted from the recipient’s smartphone. You have been saved!

You can also delete messages sent to a group chat. The procedure is the same as above. Open the chat and select the messages you want to delete, then complete the operation.

The recipient from whose phone a message is deleted will be alerted that a message has been deleted. They will see a notice that says “This message was deleted” at their end. If you ever see the same message at your end, it means that the person you are chatting with has deleted a message they sent to you.

Note though that the WhatsApp team says you will not be notified if the deleting operation failed. To this we ask, “But why?”

One More Thing

This ability to delete a sent WhatsApp message will work only if both you and your recipient are using the latest version of WhatsApp for Android, iPhone or Windows Phone. If one party doesn’t have the latest version of the app running, this feature will not be available to both of you. So stop chatting with dinosaurs. LOL.

This new feature is available for smartphones running Android OS, iOS and Windows Phone OS, so check your phone’s app store for an update notification. The update is rolling out in phases.


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One comment

  1. Its a welcome development. I once made a mistake pushing a message through to someone never meant for the fellow. The phone I was using then was too fast. Had to call the fellow with apologies.

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