WhatsApp recently upped the cutoff time for its ‘Delete for Everyone’ feature for the Android beta version of its app. The company’s now decided to extend the same courtesy to the official iOS build.
The shift has arrived with WhatsApp version 2.18.31 for iPhone. The changelog doesn’t actually mention the increase, but WABetaInfo reports that the new limit is live, along with a couple of bug fixes. Post updating, instead of having just 7 minutes to scrub out a message, you’ll have 1 hour, 8 minutes, and 16 seconds.
That’s a big difference, making it much easier to remove errant texts. WhatsApp hasn’t made a formal announcement about the raise, so there’s no explanation as to why you now have 4096 seconds to Delete for Everyone. Some people have pointed out that 2^12 equals to 4096, so perhaps there’s some coding logic behind it.
That’s not the only change which has occurred behind-the-scenes. WhatsApp’s also introduced a ‘Block revoke request’ tool to keep a check on users who take advantage of modded versions of the app to eliminate texts which are 3 years old irrespective of whether it was sent or received by them.
If WhatsApp’s updated algorithm gets a revoke request, it will now cross-check with its database to make sure the message ID is the same and it was sent less than 24 hours ago. The application will proceed with the removal as long as these 2 factors are verified.
You can download the latest version of WhatsApp for iPhone via the App Store. Windows Phone has apparently received the update as well and you can download it here. The official Android app should receive the upgrade sooner rather than later since the increase is already being tested in the beta build.