WhatsApp now allows you to delete a message for up to two days and 12 hours (for a total of 60 hours), so you can delete an accidentally sent chat even after hours. Previously, this limit was 1 hour, 8 minutes and 16 seconds – yes, related to seconds.
The company’s tweet about the feature only mentions “a little over two days,” but doesn’t specify the 12-hour part.
WhatsApp first introduced unsend feature in 2017 with a time limit of only seven minutes but was later increased to one hour and eight minutes. Last year, WABetaInfo note that the company could consider a seven-day limit, but with this new update, they have chosen a rather odd timeframe of two and a half days.
Meanwhile, rival chat app Telegram has no limit on deleting messages, so you can delete a chat years after sending. Apple is going in the other direction; after introducing the unsend feature for iOS 16 at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June, the company reduced the limit from 15 minutes to two minutes in the fourth version of iOS 16 developer beta last month.
WhatsApp is also introducing New security features Its uses include blocking screenshots for “single view messages” and the ability to leave groups silently.