WhatsApp Experiments With Extended Message Deletion Time Limit

There was a time not all that long ago when anything and everything that you may have sent to someone or the other over WhatsApp was basically just something that you had to live with. With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that WhatsApp changed this and allowed you to delete messages for everyone which would remove the message from the other person’s chat as well, although there was a time limit for this feature.

After sending a message, you had a little over an hour before you could end up deleting it permanently. The exact time was 1 hour, 8 minutes and 16 seconds, and if this doesn’t seem like a long enough timeline for you then there is some good news that you are definitely going to want to hear. This good news is that WhatsApp is experimenting with an increased timeline that would allow you to delete messages for everyone days after you sent the message in the first place!

While there had been some talk of WhatsApp increasing the time limit to well over a week, recent updates have revealed that it’s likely going to be around 60 hours or 2 days and 12 hours. WhatsApp’s initial plans to extend the limit to over a week might have been scrapped because it is rather unlikely that someone or the other would think to delete a message that old, and facilitating that type of feature would have placed an unnecessary amount of strain on WhatsApp’s data servers to one extent or another.

That said, an increase in delete for everyone time limits is likely going to something that most people would feel overjoyed about. It’s pretty common for people to realize that they sent something that they didn’t want to hours after they first sent it after which point the delete for everyone option will have expired. This is still in the beta testing phase so there is a strong chance that it will be a long while before it rolls out to the average user although when it does eventually get rolled out it will likely be well received.

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