WhatsApp Message Delete Feature Reportedly Fixed to Prevent Exploits

WhatsApp Message Delete Feature Reportedly Fixed to Prevent Exploits

WhatsApp has plugged some of the gaps in Delete for Everyone feature with a new update


  • WhatsApp has silently improved ‘Delete for Everyone’ feature
  • There is an upgraded algorithm to block revoke requests for some users
  • WhatsApp for iOS has extended the delete message feature

WhatsApp has silently improved the ‘Delete for Everyone’ feature with an ability to block revoke requests for some users. The new improvement emerges days after the WhatsApp beta for Android received an update to give users 4,096 seconds to delete a message – a substantial increase over the original seven-minute window. That 4,096-second limit had reportedly been exploited using a modded version of WhatsApp following its launch to delete messages that were even three years old. It had also been exploited to let anyone, not just the sender, delete messages.

The instant messaging app has now, therefore, added a ‘Block revoke request’ feature. WhatsApp for iPhone has also separately been updated with an extended Delete for Everyone limit to one hour, eight minutes, and 16 seconds.

As spotted by folks at WABetaInfo, WhatsApp has upgraded the algorithm it uses to pass the revoke request. Now, if the upgraded algorithm receives a revoke request, it checks its database for a message with the same ID, and then checks if the current date is less than 24 hours when when the message was sent, and only then proceeds to delete the message – using the same ID that had been generated previously. This makes the feature to delete message restricted to the official limit and doesn’t allow any modded versions to extend the limit through an unofficial means.

That being said, WhatsApp for iPhone has officially been updated to version 2.18.31 with the same extension for the Delete for Everyone feature to one hour, eight minutes, and 16 seconds that we last saw in the beta. This notably gives a room for making temporary conversations on WhatsApp, similar to what has been offered by other compelling messaging apps.

You can visit Apple App Store to download the latest WhatsApp for iPhone. The new version additionally brings some bug fixes, as reported by WABetaInfo.


WhatsApp: Deleted Sent Messages Can Still Be Read by Recipients

WhatsApp: Deleted Sent Messages Can Still Be Read by Recipients


  • WhatsApp “Delete for Everyone” can be thwarted
  • The new method requires third-party app, or stock widgets
  • The deleted messages can be accessed via notification log

WhatsApp, one of the most widely used instant messaging apps, rolled out “Delete for Everyone” feature recently. But do deleted messages really disappear from the phone? A new report claims that WhatsApp messages that are deleted are actually still on the device and can be easily accessed.

Spanish Android blog Android Jefe has claimed that deleted messages are present in the notification log of the device. It adds that the recipient can easily access the deleted messages regardless whether it has been deleted from sender’s end. “What we found is that the messages are stored in the notification register of the Android system. So, it’s just a matter of entering that record to see the messages that the other person deleted,” the blog said.

The blog explains that anyone can access deleted WhatsApp messages sent to them via a third-party app named Notification History which can be downloaded via Google Play. After downloading the app, users will have to search the message in the Android notification log. Those users who are using third-party launchers like Nova Launcher it’s even easier. The notification log can be accessed without the need of an additional app. Long press the home screen, then tap on Widgets > Activities > Settings > Notification log. You can then access the system’s notification log. Similarly, on stock Android, a Settings widget can give access to the notification log as well.

Gadgets 360 tried both the Notification History third-party app and the Activities method described above. discovered that the trick worked on an Android device. There are few limitations, however, as the messages that have generated a notification on the device can be retrieved. The notification log only saves the messages on the device until it’s restarted. Once restarted, we noticed that the log was cleared.

The method, however, has a restriction that only the first 100 characters of the deleted message will be visible. The feature is available only for users running Android 7.0 and above. Users can only retrieve text which means any kind of media file cannot be recovered.

This is not the first time that reports of retrieving deleted messages have surfaced. Jonathan Zdziarski, iOS expert, last year has claimed that WhatsApp saved chat logs on the device despite it being archived or deleted.

One of the biggest use cases of the Delete for Everyone feature has been when a user send a message to the wrong chat, or if the message sent contains a mistake. It is the latest feature added to WhatsApp in a long list of features introduced this year, and is biggest change to the chat app since blue ticks aka send receipts.


Saudi Lifts Ban on WhatsApp, Skype Calls but Will Monitor and Censor Them

Saudi Lifts Ban on WhatsApp, Skype Calls but Will Monitor and Censor Them


  • Saudi government is lifting a ban on calls made through online apps
  • Apps like WhatsApp, Skype, Messenger, and Viber will become accessible
  • Saudi government will keep a check on these VoIP services

The Saudi government is lifting a ban on calls made through online apps such as Skype and WhatsAppon Thursday as part of its economic reforms, but a spokesman said it will monitor and censor such calls.

All online voice and video call services – such as Microsoft’s Skype, Facebook’s WhatsApp and Messenger, and Rakuten’s Viber – that satisfy the kingdom’s regulatory requirements, were set to become accessible.

Lifting the ban is part of the Saudi government’s broader reforms of the economy to help boost businesses and diversify the economy in response to low oil prices.

Adel Abu Hameed, a spokesman for telecoms regulator CITC, said on Arabiya TV on Wednesday that new regulations aimed to protect users’ personal information and block content that violated the kingdom’s laws.

Asked if the apps could be monitored by the authorities or companies, he said: “Under no circumstances can the user use an application for video or voice calling without monitoring and censorship by the Communications and Information Technology Commission, whether the application is global or local.”

It was unclear how the authorities can monitor apps such as WhatsApp, which says its messages are supported by end-to-end encryption, meaning the company cannot read customers’ messages even if approached by law enforcement agencies.

Internet communications have become widespread but Saudi Arabia began blocking them from 2013, wary that such services could be used by activists.

The “Arab Spring” mass protests in 2011 were often organised over the Internet, though Gulf Arab states, except the island kingdom of Bahrain, mostly escaped the uprisings.

The decision to lift the blocks could negatively impact Saudi Arabia’s three main telecoms operators – Saudi Telecom Co (STC), Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) and Zain Saudi – which earn the bulk of their revenue from international phone calls made by the millions of expatriates living in the kingdom.

Zain Saudi’s CEO, Peter Kaliaropoulos, told Reuters some lost income could be recouped through expansion of its own data services.

“The Saudi market has a strong appetite for faster data throughput and higher data use packages,” he said in an email. “The opportunity to monetize the extra data usage will partially offset voice revenue losses”.


How to Create, Edit, Delete WhatsApp Status Updates

How to Create, Edit, Delete WhatsApp Status Updates


  • You can now add photos or videos as WhatsApp Status updates
  • You can upload multiple images or clips as updates
  • The updates all disappear after 24 hours

When WhatsApp turned eight in February, it has launched a new feature that seems to be pointing to a future where the app moves away from text messages, and relies much more heavily on photos and short videos – the ephemeral status update. This newest feature from the Facebook owned messaging company bears more than a passing resemblance to social rival Snapchat, and the update hasn’t just added a new tab for the status in the menu on top of your screen, but also a camera button right in the middle of things, which can be used to update your status, or a contact, or group. It’s an exciting change, and it’s really straightforward too, but in case you have any doubts about how to use the feature, here’s what you need to know about the revamped WhatsApp Status updates.

What happened to my old text WhatsApp status?

You mean the line which most people completely ignored, leaving it on the default “Hi there, I’m using WhatsApp”? Well, that’s gone. Put the past behind you. According to some people the old text status is still visible, but it’s gone for the most of us, so try restarting the app if you’re still seeing the old status. Of course, the user backlash over the beloved text status made the company bring it back in March.

How can I set a photo or video as my WhatsApp status?

There are a couple of different ways to create a WhatsApp status you can do. Let’s look at them.

How to create a WhatsApp Status using the Status option:

  1. Open WhatsApp.
  2. Tap on Status.
  3. Tap on My Status. If you’ve already got a status, tap the little circle with a + sign on the top right.
  4. Take a photo by pressing the shutter button, or hold the button for a video. Or select one from the camera roll at the bottom of the screen.
  5. Add a caption if you want by tapping on Add a caption, and then tap on the Send icon at the bottom right.
  6. You can tap on it to view, or press the menu button on the right side to check how many people have seen the update, or to forward it. Tap on the eye icon to see the names of the people.
  7. The WhatsApp status will disappear in 24 hours.

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Here is another method to create a WhatsApp Status:

  1. Open WhatsApp.
  2. Tap the camera icon on the top left.
  3. Take a photo or video, or select one from the camera roll.
  4. Add a caption if you want. Tap the green tick to finalise.
  5. Next you can either send it to a contact, or select My status to update your status. Tap the Send icon at the bottom right.
  6. You can now go to the Status tab to see your status, as above.

I messed up, how do I delete my WhatsApp Status?

Made a mistake? Don’t worry about it, you can easily delete these updates. This is how you can delete your WhatsApp Status:

  1. Open WhatsApp obviously.
  2. Go to the Status tab. Scroll to find the status you want to delete.
  3. Tap on the eye icon that shows how many people have seen the status.
  4. This will show a list of the people who viewed your status.
  5. Tap the trash icon, and tap Delete to confirm.

whatsapp delete status WhatsApp

There doesn’t seem to be a way to delete multiple WhatsApp Status updates in one go though, so don’t mess up too much!

How do I edit privacy settings of WhatsApp Status?

You can set it so that only specific WhatsApp contacts can see your status, or you can make a list of contacts who can’t see these, or set it to show to all your contacts.

This is how you can change the privacy settings of your WhatsApp Status:

  1. Once again, naturally, open WhatsApp.
  2. Go to Status and tap on the Three dots menu icon on the top right, and tap on Status privacy.
  3. Alternatively, you can tap on the menu button in the main chats screen and open Settings > Account > Privacy Status.
  4. There are three options here, My contacts, which is all your contacts; My contacts except.., which lets you pick contacts to exclude; and Only share with.., which lets you pick contacts to share with.

And that’s it, you’re done, that’s all you need to know about WhatsApp Status updates. To know about more things, do check out our How to section, and tell us what you think about this new feature, or ask us your questions via the comments below.