Sent a text to a loved one that you wished you wouldn’t have? Some apps let you delete those messages but most don’t, leading to potentially explosive situations.
The world’s most popular instant messaging app WhatsApp did not have this feature. But that is soon to change in the future.
Whatsapp will let you delete or edit those messages in the near future. A beta version of WhatsApp is reportedly being tested with this new feature. You can edit or delete a message you’ve sent to anyone, in or out of a group.
This feature was first reported by @WABetaInfo and only works if the message you sent hasn’t been read by the recipient yet.
SNEAK PEEK #1:
WhatsApp beta for iOS 18.104.22.1689: it is possible to revoke messages! pic.twitter.com/Ncj22txxcG
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) December 14, 2016
Works Only With Non-Read Messages
If your message receives a grey tick mark or 2 grey tick marks (for “message sent” and “message delivered”) you can delete or edit that message. Blue ticked messages cannot be edited or deleted.
This is what a deleted or “revoked” message looks like:
Of course as you can see from the pictures above, your friends will now know that you said something embarrassing or angry that you didn’t want seen.
The Whatsapp beta includes two other new features as well.
You can now add something similar to Snapchat’s Stories to your WhatsApp status. Users can add a picture or a doodle that will stay for 24 hours and can reply to other people’s status too.
Live Location Tracking
The third feature allows you to track the location of other users in a group. Called “live location tracking” it can let you track anyone in the group for 1 minute, 2 minutes, 5 minutes or permanently. This feature could be a step by WhatsApp to make meetups between friends or family easier.
You can disable this feature if you don’t want to others to track you.
You can try out these features right now by downloading the WhatsApp beta APK.
However be warned, since the beta version of any app may contain bugs and glitches, potentially causing problems for you. Keep this in mind before installing the beta version of WhatsApp.
You can download and sideload the WhatsApp beta here for Android.