WhatsApp to extend message deletion time to 7 Days, Audio Playback Speed Controls

by Johnson Daniel

While we thought that message deletion might get an indefinite time limit, WABetaInfo, a reliable source of WhatsApp leaks and rumours has informed us that users will be able to delete sent messages after 7 days.

What’s part of the 3 upcoming WhatsApp features might be released soon as it’s still undergoing beta-testing, however, it is a part of the WhatsApp for Desktop beta version 2.2147.4. A similar feature was earlier spotted on WhatsApp for Android beta version 2.21.23.1.

Once these features are introduced, users will be able to delete sent messages after 7 days and 8 minutes to be precise, much more than the current time limit of 1 hour, 8 minutes, 16 seconds. This feature will be an extension of the Delete for Everyone feature that was introduced back in 2017. Back then, the limit was set to 7 minutes.

Image: WABetaInfo

It is further suggested that WhatsApp previously aimed to remove restrictions on message deletion but is now looking the increase the limit time. Since it is still in the testing phase, there are chances that the Meta-owned messaging platform might change the plan before the official rollout.

It is also planning to introduce playback speeds for audio messages. As reported by WABetaInfo, users will be able to change the speeds of audio messages by up to 1.5x or 2x during playback. It is similar to how the speed of voice notes can be changed. One thing worth noting is that audio messages are essentially forwarded voice notes or any other audio.

In addition to this, WhatsApp is also planning to add message reactions. This will allow users to react to messages with emojis, much like it’s done on Facebook posts or Instagram DMs. This feature has been making the rounds for a while now, and a half-baked version of the message reactions feature was accidentally rolled out recently.

There’s currently no word on when these features will officially roll out to the masses. We will update you once that happens, so stay tuned for more information.

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