Almost everyone who owns either an Android or iOS phone has access to the widely used messaging app, WhatsApp.
This is one of the easiest ways of sending and receiving messages not only between two people but also on groups.
Despite the convenience that comes along with using WhatsApp, there has been a challenge that has been faced by a good number of people, especially when sending messages to groups where an individual accidentally sends a wrong text to a group and it cannot be deleted.
Surprisingly, most of these wrongly sent messages tend to be embarrassing ones.
Good news is that; a feature has been developed that can enable one delete a message on WhatsApp after sending it.
The new option allows one to “delete messages for everyone” in a chat within seven minutes of sending it.
WhatsApp has been testing the feature for some time and is now rolling it out to its user base of one billion people.
“Messages that will successfully be deleted for everyone will be replaced with “This message was deleted” on the recipients’ chats (*).
Similarly, if you see “This message was deleted” in a chat, it means that the sender deleted their message for everyone,” the company announced in a blog post.
How to delete a WhatsApp message Open WhatsApp and go to the chat containing the message you wish to delete. Tap and hold the message. Optionally, tap more messages to delete multiple messages at once. Tap Delete at the top of the screen > Delete for everyone.
In order to be able to delete a message, you will have to have the latest version of WhatsApp installed on your iPhone or Android device. What’s more, the recipients will also have to have the latest version installed.
WhatsApp cautions that group members may still read ones’ message before it’s deleted. And, of course, they can always screengrab it before you’re able to banish it to the digital netherworld.