It seems that on WhatsApp messages can be deleted for everyone within 2 days and 12 hours from their sending: the news has emerged from the latest version of the Beta app for Android devices, 188.8.131.52, thanks to WABetaInfo. The platform has been testing for a few months much more generous limits than the current one, which is 1 hour, 8 minutes and 16 seconds: in fact so far it was even 7 days and 8 hours.
It is unknown why WhatsApp decided to reduce it so much – perhaps it estimated that no one would delete such old messages and make the conversation too complicated, who knows. Or maybe it just stays trying various alternatives before making a final decision. For sure it can be said that the developers are not fans of “round figures”!
As often happens, the novelty is not in effect present in the Beta: the source managed to find it by rummaging through the meanders of the code. In short, for a “normal” beta tester, it doesn’t work. As always, it is impossible to determine if and when the new limit will be activated.
📝 WhatsApp beta for Android 184.108.40.206: what’s new?
WhatsApp is now planning to extend the time limit to delete messages for everyone in a future update: from “1 hour, 8 minutes, 16 seconds” to “2 days, 12 hours”!https://t.co/Dxn7zUPM3n
– WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) February 1, 2022
Recall that thanks to the Beta (and the source) in the last few days several interesting news have emerged in the pipeline: an unpleasant one – the probable farewell of unlimited backups on Google Drive for Android users; and a more encouraging one, namely that the Communities are getting closer and ready to debut. The executives of the platform have also released some promising statements about the arrival of a native app for iPad (and it is worth speculating for Android tablets too), now that multi-device technology has become a reality (although still in Beta phase).
In the last few hours, WABetaInfo has always discovered new clues about the arrival of the reactions to messages, to understand us in a similar way to what Telegram proposed at the end of last year. Six different Emojis can be applied, as you can see in the tweet below.