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How to delete WhatsApp message

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Preliminary information

Fortunately, delete WhatsApp messages it is possible and it is an operation that, in the current state of things, you can carry out in two ways; the first of these is intended to perform a "cleaning" of the chat screen visible on the mobile phone.

The other method, on the other hand, allows you to delete the message sent also on the recipient's device, provided that he too has the latest version of the app and that the message sent has not been sent for more than 1 hour (68 minutes and 16 seconds, to be precise).



The first procedure can be applied indiscriminately on both sent and received messages. In this case, however, it should be noted that deleted messages will not actually be removed from the conversation but only from your chat screen.

This means that the messages will continue to be visible in the chat of the other user or of the other users you were conversing with. In case you want to delete the message also for the recipient, you will have to proceed with the second method within the time limits indicated.

Furthermore, there is an exception: it is possible to delete WhatsApp messages by making them disappear in effect from the conversation if the message appears next to the message sent. dell'orology symbol (instead of the classic ones gray ticks e blu).

This symbol indicates the fact that the message has not yet been delivered to the recipient due to technical problems: by deleting the message in this state it will no longer be delivered. However, it is a situation, so to speak, a bit "extreme" and that cannot always happen.

I also point out the possibility of activating the setting of ephemeral messages for individual chats, so that messages disappear automatically 7 days after they are sent.



How to delete WhatsApp message

If you want to know how to delete a message on WhatsApp received or sent from your chat screen only, in the next chapters I will explain how to do this on Android, its iPhone and PC, via the WhatsApp desktop / web client.

Android

One smartphone is possiedi Android and you're interested in understanding what you need to do for delete a message on WhatsApp from your chat screen, the first step you need to take is to start the famous messaging app and press on the tab Chat that you find at the top.

At this point, select the conversazione that contains the message you want to delete, keep your finger pressed on it, to highlight it, press thetrash can icon placed at the top and press on Delete for me.

I also point out that, if necessary, you can select multiple messages and delete them simultaneously. To do this, after highlighting the first message, also press on the others you want to remove and perform the same procedure indicated in the previous paragraphs.

iPhone

I use a iPhone and would you like to understand how to delete a message on WhatsApp to do some cleaning on the screen? Well, then, to begin with, go to the iOS home screen, press the WhatsApp quick start icon and tap on the item Chat placed at the bottom.


At this point, open the conversation with the contact or group of contacts that contains the message you want to delete, keep pressing your finger on it until you see a special menu.

Select, though, the voice Delete, fai tap sull 'trash can icon located at the bottom left and then confirm your willingness to carry out this operation by choosing the option Delete for me.


If you need, you can also select multiple messages and delete them at the same time. To do this, after tapping on the item Delete attached to the menu that is shown on the screen, put a check mark next to each message you want to delete and repeat the procedures indicated in the previous paragraphs to delete them.

PC

It was used WhatsApp da Web or via its desktop client for Windows e MacOS (which I told you about in detail in this tutorial of mine), know that you can delete a message from your chat screen in a few simple steps.

On the main screen of WhatsApp for PC, locate the conversation from which you want to delete the message, using the sidebar. Once this is done, locate the message you want to delete and click on the icon which is shown to you when you place the mouse pointer over it. In the box that is shown to you, select the item Delete message and by clicking on the button Delete for me, to confirm the operation.


In case you want to delete several messages at the same time, on the conversation screen, click on the icon (...) placed at the top and press on the item Select messages. Check the boxes on the messages to be selected, press ontrash can icon located at the bottom and then click the button Delete for me.

How to delete sent WhatsApp message

Do you want to know how to delete a WhatsApp message before it is read? In this case, if you have already carefully consulted the information I gave you in the introductory chapter, you can proceed with the instructions that you will find below.

Android


In case you want to delete a message sent incorrectly to a recipient, know that you can also delete it on their device, through a very simple procedure.

First, start up WhatsApp via its quick launch icon on the home screen or in the drawer. Once this is done, press on the section Chat at the top and open the conversazione where you incorrectly sent the message.

Once you have located the sent message you want to delete, keep your finger pressed on it until it is highlighted. Between the buttons at the top, press the one with the trash can symbol and, among the options that are shown to you, choose the one named Delete for all. In this way, the text of the message will also be deleted on the recipient's device.

But be careful! The message will not disappear completely: instead of the previously invited text, the words will appear on your device You have deleted this message. The recipient, on the other hand, will see the writing This messaggio è stato eliminato. You can also perform this same procedure in a group conversation or on multiple messages simultaneously.

iPhone

Also on iPhone functionality is available that allows you to delete a WhatsApp message sent by mistake. To do this, access the WhatsApp conversation where you sent the message by mistake and keep your finger pressed on it.

At this point, in the menu you see, choose the item Delete and select il message (or more messages) that you want to delete. Now you just have to press ontrash can icon, below, and choose the item Delete for all. Easy, right?

I remind you that the message, although deleted, will be replaced with a wording that warns of the operation you have just performed. Therefore, you will see the wording on your chat screen You have deleted this message, while the wording will be visible in that of the recipient This messaggio è stato eliminato.

PC

Using WhatsApp Web and its desktop client for Windows and macOS, you can delete a message before it is read by the recipient.

To do this, open the conversazione of WhatsApp where the message to be deleted is present and, after identifying it, click on the icon which is shown to you by placing the mouse pointer over it. In the pane that appears, select the item Delete message and by clicking on the button Delete for all, to confirm the operation.

If you want to delete multiple messages, in the chat screen, press the icon (...) placed at the top and click on the item Select messages. Then check the boxes next to the messages to be deleted, click ontrash can icon placed at the bottom and then on the button Delete for all.

How to delete WhatsApp message without reading it

If your intention is to delete a message received from your chat screen, without however showing the other user the blue read confirmation ticks, know that you can proceed in two ways.

First, the simplest (but least functional) method is to clear the entire chat conversation. Obviously in this way you will not only have deleted the message received, but also the entire history of the conversation. In my tutorial on how to archive WhatsApp chats, I also told you about how to delete the entire conversation.

As regards, instead, the less practical method, but certainly more functional than the previous one, is the one that first requires the deactivation of the read receipts and then the deletion of the message. In fact, you can't delete a WhatsApp message without opening it, which is why you will have to proceed as I have indicated below.

First, you need to do the deactivation of the blue ticks, that is, confirmations of reading. In this case, you can consult my guide dedicated to the topic. Once this is done, you can proceed with the deletion of messages: you can refer to what I explained to you in a previous chapter in which I showed you how to proceed on both Android, iPhone and PC.

How to delete WhatsApp messages without leaving a trace

You would like to know how to delete WhatsApp messages without leaving a trace? To do this, you can activate the setting of ephemeral messages, which deletes the messages of an unwritten chat that inform the user about their deletion: the messages simply disappear after a week from their sending.

To activate ephemeral messages, open the chat of your interest in WhatsApp, tap on name of the same (above), tap on the wording Ephemeral messages and then select the option Get activated. The new messages that will be sent from this moment in the chat will automatically disappear one week after sending. More info here.

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