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All about WhatsApp message cancel option

It's been a while since WhatsApp has been testing a feature that will surely cause controversy when released to everyone: the option to cancel a message after it's sent. The function has arrived beta version of the app on iOS and now we have some more details about this new feature.

The tests

Two new features are being tested since December 2016 on WhatsApp for iOS. The first of these is the option to edit a message already sent, that is, you send something to another contact and you can correct the text later.

However, the novelty that will be talked about is to revoke a message, which will allow the user to cancel a message already sent. Below is a preview of the feature running on iOS:

How long will you have to cancel a message?

The news about the theme came through the channel WABetaInfo, known for breaking up the application code and finding data for planned future features. Apparently, the WhatsApp developer team wants to limit the amount of time users of the app will have to regret and cancel a message.

At the beginning of the tests, WhatsApp offered up to 29 minutes for the user to remove a message from a conversation. However, according to tweet below, this time period has only changed to 2 minutes:

In other words, if you are hot-headed and send a message to a friend, the time for regret is only two minutes, which, honestly, is almost nothing. However, by doing so, developers spice up users' relationship with the platform a bit. That is, you will still be practically stuck in the old system, but with the false idea that "free to come and go".

Opinion by Camila Rinaldi

Edit a sent message 30 minutes later practically delete it.

Earlier in this article, I mentioned that there were two functions under test: editing and deleting messages. By limiting the time to delete a message, WhatsApp may be merging these two features, since editing a message sent 30 minutes later will practically delete it.

In the end, this option will be focused on editing the message rather than removing it.

There is still no estimate of the arrival of this feature on WhatsApp, but if the testing cycle to offer the function to "cancel sent messages" is the same as that of video calls … we can wait sitting.

What do you think of the feature? Does setting a time limit make sense?


The purpose of this article is to gather in one place all the information about the development of WhatsApp's message removal feature. Thus, updating and republishing this subject will become necessary over time.

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