Android users can now finally delete WhatsApp messages for everyone that are older than an hour

Until now, users could only delete WhatsApp messages for everyone that were no older than seven minutes

Facebook-owned WhatsApp rolled out a new feature called ‘Delete for Everyone‘ last year in October that allowed its users to delete (recall) the messages from receiver’s phone. But, users could only delete these messages from receiver’s phone within seven minutes. However, the company around two weeks ago increased this time limit for its iPhone users, and now, it has extended the time limit for deleting messages for Android users as well.

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Earlier this month, WhatsApp increased the time limit of deleting messages for everyone from seven minutes to 4096 seconds which translates to around 1 hour and 8 minutes. This time limit was first extended for Android and Windows Phone beta users earlier this month. It was later extended for non-beta iPhone users, and now, it has been finally extended for non-beta Android users as well.

We aren’t quite sure when exactly did WhatsApp extend this time limit for Android users, but we are seeing it on our non-beta WhatsApp for Android version 2.17.89 from today morning only.

That said, even if the time limit to delete messages from receiver’s phone has been extended to more than an hour for all Android users, WhatsApp is yet to update its official website to reflect this change. In fact, at press time, WhatsApp hasn’t mentioned anything about the time limit for deleting messages for everyone on its website – not for Android, not for iPhone, not for Windows Phone.

Anyways though, we are glad that WhatsApp has increased the time limit of deleting messages from receiver’s phone. In related news, more than a week ago, WhatsApp rolled out an update with version 2.18.79 that brought along new features like group description, group search and voice to video call switching for Android users.

What are your thoughts on WhatsApp increasing the time limit for deleting messages? Do you think seven minutes were more than enough?