WhatsApp is purportedly gearing-up to launch one of its most eagerly anticipated new features.
For those who have ever sent a text message – and immediately regretted it, WhatsApp has a solution.
The hugely-successful chat app is expected to introduce the ability to recall and delete sent messages.
The long-rumoured feature is now ready to be enabled, the latest whispers from the Facebook-owned company have suggested.
WhatsApp’s hotly-tipped Recall feature, which has also been teased under the moniker of ‘Unsend’ and ‘Revoke’, will reportedly allow users to recall all messages that have been sent within the last five minutes.
This includes text-based messages as well as those that include images, videos and GIFs.
Sent files with quoted messages and attached documents will also be able to be recalled, as will Status replies.
Unfortunately, there is a catch – only messages that have not yet been opened or read by the recipient can be recalled.
If the WhatsApp recipient reads the message or it falls outside that crucial five minute window, you’re going to have to deal with the fallout of whatever message you desperately tried to revoke.
The hotly-tipped feature’s upcoming release was teased by prominent Twitter account, WABetaInfo.
The popular Twitter account shares information on features pushed-out in the latest beta software releases.
It claims WhatsApp Recall will be enabled in version 2.17.30+ of the app.
With WhatsApp version 2.17.30 currently available for download from the iOS App Store, this suggests the new addition could be part of the next WhatsApp update.
Android handset owners could be forced to wait a little longer, however, with the Google Play Store currently only offering version 2.17.190 of the popular app.
Responding to queries of whether or not the coveted Recall skills will be switched on with the latest build, WABetaInfo stated: “The code says yes.
“They can wait more, but it’s sure that it can be enabled in 2.17.30.”
According to the claims, WhatsApp will make Recall a “hidden feature” that’s disabled as default, with users having to actively enable it in order to make use of the feature.
Although one of the most anticipated WhatsApp features, it’s far from the only new addition heading to the service.
With more than 1.2 billion active monthly users, WhatsApp has rolled out a mass of new features in recent weeks and months.
These include the addition of more than 100 new emoji and the introduction of Snapchat style video status updates.
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