To prevent you from being embarrassed over accidentally deleting a message only for you when you meant to pull it for everyone on the app, WhatsApp has added a feature to undo the “Delete for Me” action.
The “accidental delete” feature gives users a five-second window in which to delete messages for everyone in a group or individual chat instead of just themselves.
Users occasionally find themselves in a situation where they unintentionally select the “Delete for Me” button rather than the “Delete for Everyone” button to remove an error message. By giving them a brief window to go back and take the opposite action, the new feature aims to assist users in overcoming those circumstances.
All Android and iPhone users will be able to access WhatsApp’s new offering, the company announced. According to a report by WhatsApp feature tracker WABetaInfo, some Android and iOS users participated in its beta testing in August.
In order to allow users to recall a message for everyone in a conversation, WhatsApp introduced the “Delete for Everyone” option in 2017. The purpose of the feature was to address the problem of sending messages inadvertently in both private and public chats. The time limit for the option was initially set to seven minutes, but in August of this year, WhatsApp increased it to a maximum of two days and 12 hours, or 60 hours.