You can delete messages on Whatsapp but you better hurry

Whatsapp is rolling out a new feature that lets you take your foot out of your mouth. But you better hurry. Messages must be deleted within 7 minutes and there is no guarantee that the person might not have seen the message by the time you delete it.

To delete a message:

  1. Open WhatsApp and go to the chat containing the message you wish to delete.
  2. Tap and hold the message > choose Delete from the menu. Optionally, select more messages to delete multiple messages at once.
  3. Tap Delete  > Delete for Everyone.

Whats app offers the following caveats:

  • In order for messages to be successfully deleted for everyone, both you and your recipient must be using the latest version of WhatsApp for Android, iPhone or Windows Phone.
  • (*) If you or your recipient are not using the latest version of WhatsApp for Android, iPhone or Windows Phone, this feature will not be supported.
  • Recipients may see your message before it’s deleted or if deletion was not successful.
  • You will not be notified if deleting for everyone was not successful.

You can also delete the message just on your device. See the Whatsapp blog post for details