WhatsApp: ‘Unsend’ Message Feature Arrive In Beta
If feedback from the tests proves positive, WhatsApp will introduce the extra functionality to all users in future updates. The ‘Unsend’ option is believed to have been in the works for some time.
The messaging app is testing two major new features that could soon make their way to all users.
WhatsApp has long been rumoured to be working on an “unsend” option for messages, which would allow users to delete messages they’ve already sent.
The company is testing the feature in a new beta release of WhatsApp Web, which offers users a five-minute window to revoke sent messages.
Once those five minutes are up, the message is there to stay.
New Shortcuts For Formatting Text
Meanwhile, a new beta version of WhatsApp for Android introduces new shortcuts for formatting text.
Currently, users have to remember a range of commands to format their messages.
To make text bold, they have to place it between two asterisks, like *this*. To italicise it, users need to sandwich it between two underscores, like _this_, and to strikethrough a message, they need to use tildes, like ~this~.
Instead of making users learn and type those commands, the test version of the app displays the full range of formatting options when a user selects an excerpt of text with a tap and hold.
If feedback from the tests proves positive, WhatsApp will roll the features out to all users in future updates.