WhatsApp extends message deletion timeframe to over an hour

over 3 years ago by IanDorfman

Facebook's WhatsApp messaging service is considered by many metrics to be the most popular messaging platform in the world (see this SimilarWeb report on the matter). However, there has been one specific feature where the platform has lagged behind its competitors: the ability to delete messages sent by mistake.

Originally, when Small WhatsApp iconWhatsApp introduced the ability to delete sent messages in October of 2017, the time limit was a rather strict seven minutes. The latest update to WhatsApp, however, quietly raised this limit to 1 hour, 8 minutes, and 16 seconds exactly. This gives users of the messaging application much more time to identify and erase mistakenly sent messages.

As WhatsApp does not have "secret" conversation functionality like other dedicated messaging applications (such as Small Signal iconSignal and Small Telegram iconTelegram), this increase in the time allowed for deleting messages could go a long way towards helping loyal users of WhatsApp have more temporary or private conversations.

As of the time of this writing, WhatsApp has not provided any additional information reflecting this updated time limit on its support page for the feature. This was originally discovered by WABetaInfo on Twitter.


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WhatsApp is an iPhone and Android messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS.

In addition to basic messaging WhatsApp users can create groups, send each other unlimited images, video and audio media messages.

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