The feature was first announced in late 2018. Then, it was only available in a few countries. But as of Tuesday, February 5, the feature had been rolled out to the latest versions of Messenger for both Android and iOS.
The message can be deleted from your view, as well as an entire group.
But there is a catch. The unsend feature comes with a limit just the one on WhatsApp. This one gives you 10 minutes grace period to be able to delete a message. After the 10 minutes the message will be stuck there.
How to delete a sent message in Facebook Messenger
- Just long-press on a message that you have sent within the last 10 minutes.
- A new Remove option will appear at the bottom of the screen, select it.
- A prompt will pop up asking if you want to Remove for everyone or Remove for you. The Remove for everyone option will remove the message from the conversation for all the recipients. But the Remove for you option only removes the message in your view of the conversation.
- Just like WhatsApp’s Unsend Message feature, this one also comes with a caveat. After deleting your message, a placeholder message will let the recipients of the original message know you removed a message in place of where the message originally appeared.
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It’s available on Facebook’s website too
This feature isn’t limited to Messenger on mobile only. You can also use it on Messenger via Facebook’s web interface. On Facebook’s website, the process is a little different.
Instead of long-pressing on a sent message, you just click on the three-dot icon next to the message. Then you choose Remove. The prompt will pop up, which Remove option you want – the Remove for everyone or Remove for you.
According to The Verge, Facebook says the new ability is based on the Zuckerberg power. But the feature has undergone “some improvements to provide broader functionality to people using Messenger.” The Zuckerberg power was the feature that made the Facebook CEO’s messages expired over time.