With the iOS 16 beta, iMessage will finally have the ability to “unsend” texts, but WhatsApp already has a functionality along those lines. Nevertheless, a new upgrade to the messaging program owned by Meta (Facebook) would allow users to delete messages up to two days after they were received.
WhatsApp deleted sent messages
WhatsApp itself revealed the modification to the ability to delete delivered messages on its Twitter account. Users will now have two days to decide whether to unsend a message in a private or group conversation, according to the business.
More specifically, after sending a message, WhatsApp users will have two days and twelve hours to remove it. This limit used to be very specific; it was only one hour, eight minutes, and sixteen seconds. Simply tap and hold on to a sent message for a few seconds, then tap the “Delete” option to remove it from WhatsApp.
It’s interesting to note that iMessage from Apple is moving in the opposite direction from WhatsApp in terms of how long users have to erase a message. Users of iOS 16’s initial beta versions have 15 minutes to cancel a message. This limit is now merely two minutes with the most recent betas.
Since some users think that the ability to modify and unsend messages can be used for malevolent purposes, the function has generated a lot of debate. Apple has added a change history for altered messages in iMessage as a result of this. While Telegram, a popular rival to WhatsApp and iMessage, allows users to modify and delete messages without any restrictions.
💭 Rethinking your message? Now you’ll have a little over 2 days to delete your messages from your chats after you hit send.
— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) August 8, 2022
According to MacMagazine, WhatsApp has also been developing a feature that will allow group administrators to erase messages from any users. However, at this time, this feature is still only accessible to beta users. More recently, WhatsApp unveiled a new beta version for macOS users in addition to an official tool for transferring data from Android to iOS and vice versa.
Chat history sync for more devices may be possible using WhatsApp companion mode.
WhatsApp appears to be working on a companion mode that would enable you to sync chat history between multiple devices after adding multi-device compatibility in a rather limited way.
This might be a well-liked inclusion given that many other third-party messaging apps, including Telegram, currently provide comparable functions. However, it might not be as comprehensive as you would think given the standard WhatsApp or Meta/Facebook design.
According to WABetaInfo, WhatsApp may soon get a buddy mode that will let you connect your account to an additional mobile device. It would be wonderful for those utilizing a work-deployed device and a personal device at the same time because this is a significant improvement above the multi-device mode that is already available.
The companion mode pop-up indication for the WhatsApp beta for Android version 22.214.171.124 update appears to inform you that “chat history is syncing” and that this depends on the full migration of chat histories between companion devices to ensure privacy throughout your account.
This effectively means that, if and when this feature is available, logging into your WhatsApp account from each companion device will sync chats, which will then be deleted or transferred to the other handset when moving between devices. It appears difficult and resembles the number migration feature that was discovered last year in certain aspects. In the real world, hopefully, this makes more sense.
It should be noted that this exceeds the existing multi-device mode cap. You may only use one smartphone and three more devices, such as computers, laptops, tablets, and certain smart displays. As it is, the most recent WhatsApp beta releases do not include this companion mode in any way. The very restricted nature of WhatsApp account use could be improved by this feature, which has the potential to be quite popular.