WhatsApp is busy testing “unsend” features to let you delete your texting mistakes

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We’ve all done it. We’ve all somehow managed to send a WhatsApp message in error – sending a work colleague a question about what they might be wearing, or sending a picture of your freshly-shaven bits to a Hokkie Ouers group. Sjoe. While WhatsApp currently lets you delete those messages on your own client side, those wayward messages are still visible to others.

WhatsApp may soon let you unsend messages. That’s according to a Tweet from WhatsApp info leaker WABetaInfo, suggesting that the feature is on its way.

Following the lead from other chat applications that have “Delete for Everyone” features like Telegram, WeChat and Viber, it looks like the feature is set to roll out to WhatsApp users soon. What does make this a little interesting though is that it appears that deleting a message also appears to remove it from notifications.

Rumours have circulated for ages that the feature would be coming, especially since hints of it have appeared in the service’s code. The Windows Phone WhatsApp beta from last month included the feature as well, but those on Android and iOS are going to have to wait for the company to switch it on.

Until then, you’re just going to have to make sure you send your messages to the right people.

Last Updated: September 14, 2017

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  • It’s weird how small things like this are sometimes so difficult for companies to get working.,

    Also remember folks, someone can screenshot the message before it’s deleted so don’t rely on this too heavily..

  • Those tags… xD

    • miaau

      Yeah, I had no idea what was going on, I just heard so many jokes I only understood days later…

      I was, unusually, on a news break at the time.

  • Magoo

    I don’t think my FOMO can handle this…

  • I prefer the captain hero method of erasing memories.

  • Kapitan Balalaika

    No more accidental nudes

  • miaau

    What do you call “sexting” if you use Whatsapp?

    Now if only we can apply this “delete after send thing” to my sometimes over active mouth……..