WhatsApp will roll out a new update which will let users delete sent messages with an exciting new feature dubbed Delete for Everyone.
WhatsApp looks to be in the final testing stages with the servers now able to handle recalling messages that have already been sent.
WABetaInfo, a Twitter account focused on WhatsApp beta, revealed the news that Delete For Everyone is drawing near to its release date.
They said that Facebook-owned WhatsApp are currently testing the feature and that it will be “available soon”.
WABetaInfo said: “DELETE FOR EVERYONE FEATURE: WhatsApp is finally testing the Delete for Everyone feature: the server finally works and it successfully recalls the message.
“Also if the server works, this does not mean that the feature is currently enabled.
“It will be remotely enabled later, and seen that WhatsApp “enabled” their servers for the Delete for Everyone feature, it may really be enabled soon.”
In a later tweet they added once a message is deleted it will be removed from the Notification Centre.
The new feature, which is coming to iOS and Android, will be a huge boost for anyone who has ever sent a text message and immediately regretted it.
The feature has long been rumoured, with Express.co.uk reporting on the existence of it back in February.
Back then we revealed that WhatsApp were trialling the new feature within its iPhone beta software.
Those with access to the early beta release say the feature is disabled by default, meaning users have to know of its existence, and seek it out within the settings menu to enable it.
Pressing and holding on a sent message within the iOS version of WhatsApp now includes two new options in the small menu.
Edit will let you change the content of the message, while Revoke lets you pull the text from the conversation – as if it never existed.
Unfortunately, the ability to revoke your message will only work when the recipient hasn’t seen the text.
WhatsApp can currently delete messages from your own device, however the deleted messages will remain visible to the recipients.
The new Delete for Everyone feature 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.