WhatsApp is reportedly getting Gmail’s coolest feature: Recalling sent messages. According to a report in WABetainfo, the Facebook owned messaging service is testing a new feature that will allow users to ‘recall’ as well as edit sent messages.
This means user can ‘revoke’ or ‘edit’ a sent message in case they have a change of mind. The message in case ‘recalled’, will reportedly be deleted from the recipient’s Smartphone as well.
The functionality is reported to have appeared on whatsApp beta version 188.8.131.529 on iOS. However, the option will be disabled by default and under active progress.
From the screenshots shared by WABetainfo, It appears that the ‘Revoke’ option will show at the same menu where you have ‘Reply’, ‘Star’, ‘Forward’, ‘Delete’, ‘Message’ and ‘Speak’ options.
If you are using WhatsApp, you will soon be able to view options for edit and recall messages. You should note that only recent message can be edited and not the old ones, which you posted previously. If you posted any messages after installation of the update, you could edit them.
As of writing this, this feature is available only on the iOS platform. In November, WhatsApp had launched video calling functionality for users based in India for Android, iOS, and Windows platforms. You will be able to interact with people around the world just like Google Hangout.
With WhatsApp, you can restore old messages every if you are migrating from old phone to a new handset. You will be able to backup data on Google’s cloud storage named Google Drive.
In addition to Google Drive, you can also capture a backup of all messages in an SD card before migration from one phone to another.
You can also integrate font styles such as bold, italics and strikethrough with your messages. However, this step is pretty complicated.
For example, if you need to bold a word, you need to put asterisks on both sides. If you put underscore symbol on both sides, the word will become italics.
According to estimates, nearly 160 million users in India make effective use of WhatsApp in India with 100 million calls passing through the system daily. The mobile messaging platform is available in more than 50 languages including 10 Indian languages.
However, so far it is not clear how much time the users will have to ‘recall’ a sent message. It is likely to be within seconds, same as that in Gmail. Another condition that seems likely is that the receiver should not have seen the message. This means the ‘recall window’ will be available only till the receiver reads the message.