WhatsApp: Now you can “unsend” a week old messages – Here’s how it works

San Francisco: WhatsApp recently rolled out its most anticipated feature ‘Delete for Everyone‘ that allows its over one billion users revoke their messages in case they sent those to a wrong person or a group.

Using this feature, you can only unsend” for up to seven minutes after sending. In FAQ, Facebook-owned WhatsApp said, “Once seven minutes have passed, there is no way to delete messages for everyone,”

However, some persons at Android Jefe found a solution to the limitation of this 7 minutes.

According to the report published in DC, they discovered a technique which enables WhatsApp users to delete messages which are up to a week old.

Following are the steps to delete messages on WhatsApp

  1. Disable Wi-Fi and mobile data.
  2. Force stop WhatsApp.
  3. Turn off automatic time update.
  4. Set the date as the day you sent the WhatsApp message which you want to delete.
  5. Reopen WhatsApp and delete the message by choosing “Delete for Everyone” option.
  6. Finally, turn on Wi-Fi or mobile data and set the correct date.

It may be noted that this technique won’t work to delete WhatsApp messages older than 7 days and both must be using the latest version of WhatsApp for Android, iPhone or Windows Phone.

The trick was first discovered by Android Jefe in the article.