Users of WhatsApp can now retrieve messages that they have accidentally deleted for themselves. The fix erase for me activity, called incidental erase, opens a five-second window for clients to switch the activity.
It works in both one-on-one and group chat.
The feature, which is available for Android and iOS, was tested in August. Will Cathcart, the CEO of WhatsApp, tweeted about the launch as well.
A snackbar with an undo button appears whenever you delete a message for yourself. According to WhatsApp tracker WABetaInfo, if the message was accidentally deleted for you, you have a few seconds to use the undo action to retrieve it.
The ability to delete messages that were sent incorrectly was expanded upon in 2017 by the delete for everyone feature. It began with a window of seven minutes and was later extended to two days and twelve hours.
Through the Google Play Beta Program, WhatsApp previously launched a presentation sheet informing recipients that they are unable to screen-capture view-once messages.