How to Recall WhatsApp Messages

WhatsApp’s “Delete For Everyone” feature lets us recall WhatsApp messages. Let’s see about it in detail.

WhatsApp’s Delete For Everyone Feature

This feature allows us to recall WhatsApp messages up to 7 minutes after sending. Once you pass that time duration, you can’t unsend the messages.

Not only “Text”, you can recall all the media types as well as quoted messages and status replies. Well, let’s see the steps to recall.

Recall WhatsApp Messages

This feature is available for both individual and group chats. In this instance, I’m using it on the individual chat.

Steps

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    Open WhatsApp chat that contains the message you want to recall.
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    Long press the message. If you want to select multiple messages, then select all those.

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    Tap “Trash Can” icon at the top.

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    In the popup, tap “Delete For Everyone”.
Delete For Everyone option

That’s it. The message is deleted from your chat and recipient’s chat (even from their notification too).

Your recipient device may look like this:

This message was deleted notification

In the place of the deleted message, they can see a message stating "This message was deleted".

Your device may look like this:

You deleted this message notification

In the place of the deleted message, you can see a message stating "You deleted this message".

Here are few important things to note:

  • Since the messages are delivered instantly (as always) - there is a chance that your message may be viewed by the recipient before you delete it.
  • This feature is available for iPhone, Android and Windows phones and not available for Blackberry and Symbian phones.

Additional Hint

“Delete For Me” option only deletes the message from your device. The message in the recipient device won’t be affected when you use this option.

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