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WhatsApp beta update lets users ‘revoke’ messages, photos and videos

Just like undo mails on Gmail, the ‘revoke’ option will let users retract sent messages, photos and videos too.

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There are times when we accidentally end up sending a message to wrong person, and only wish there was an option to retrieve it. While Gmail has the ‘undo’ feature to retract sent mails, WhatsApp could soon introduce a similar feature. Continuing to push new features on its messaging app, WhatsApp has updated the beta app for iOS platform with an option to ‘revoke’ sent messages.

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According to Twitter handle WABetaInfo, which tracks the latest changes made to WhatsApp beta builds, the feature has been spotted in iOS beta app (version 2.17.1.869). It will let users retract sent messages before it gets delivered to the recipient. The tipster has shared a couple of screenshots and a GIF video to demonstrate the working of this feature. To be able to retract the message, you’ll have to tap on the message, which will open up a menu. Here’s you’ll have to select ‘revoke’ option, which will then retract the message.

As of now, there is no clarity on how fast you’ll have to act to be able to retract the message. On Gmail, the ‘undo’ option offers anywhere between 5-30 seconds (depending on what you choose in settings) to be able to retract mails. However, the tipster also mentioned that you will also be able to revoke messages seen by the recipient, allowing you to delete things you said in a conversation. You could also delete pictures and videos that you sent to someone, which will also remove them from their storage. It’s not clear when WhatsApp will roll out the feature to all users, but now that it’s available on beta, it may not take too long.  ALSO READ: WhatsApp ‘Status’ tab, an Instagram Stories like feature, is under testing; here’s how to get it right now

Among other features, WhatsApp recently added video streaming feature that lets you watch a video while it is still being downloaded. Last month, WhatsApp announced that it has 160 million active monthly users in India, and also announced the launch of video calling service for Android, iOS and Windows Phone platforms. ALSO READ: How to become WhatsApp beta tester on Android, iOS and Windows Phone

To make your conversations secure, WhatsApp also introduced two-factor authentication in beta version of its app. Other features include the ability of sharing videos as GIFs to make conversations more engaging, the ‘Status Tab,’ Instagram stories like feature, Snapchat like doodle feature on images, public WhatsApp groups with sharable links, and more. ALSO READ: WhatsApp video calling first impressions

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  • Published Date: December 15, 2016 4:50 PM IST
  • Updated Date: December 15, 2016 4:50 PM IST