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WhatsApp will let you recall and delete messages

You can finally delete those drunken messages.

Whether it’s a drunken proclamation of undying love, or an angry rant, we’ve all sent messages we wish we could take back. The moment you hit the ‘send’ button, you know you’ve done wrong.

“Delete, delete, delete!” you scream to yourself.

But it’s too late. The message has made its way into the cyberspace, and as we all know too well, there’s no way of getting it back. Or, at least, that’s how things used to work.

The rules have changed (at least for some users), because WhatsApp is rolling out a feature that lets you delete messages.

Life’s Undo Button

WhatsApp’s new delete feature will let you take back misjudged messages that you’ve sent. What’s more, it will work on both media messages and basic texts. This is one of life’s best undo buttons yet.

The idea is that once you’ve pressed send, it’s not the end of the game. You still have a chance to take back those silly things you said when you weren’t thinking straight. With just the tap of your phone, the text will disappear – hopefully before the recipient has read it. Here’s what to do:

1) Open WhatsApp and head to the message you want to erase

2) Longhold the message until an options box appears

3) Press Delete and then (if it’s a group message) Delete for Everyone

The Seven-minute Rule!

Of course, life would be too simple if that was the end of the story…

The WhatsApp message deletion feature does in fact come with a small caveat, in that you can’t start recalling messages months after sending them. Actually, you have just seven minutes to recall your messages, because, after that point, the feature is no longer available.

How to Get the WhatsApp ‘Recall’ Feature

This new message deletion feature is being rolled out gradually, which means it’ll be available for different people at different times. However, there’s one thing that you can do to check whether you’re privy to it just yet — update your current version of WhatsApp and try the steps above.

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