WhatsApp: How do I delete a sent message before someone reads it?

A simple 3 step guide for solving this common WhatsApp problem quickly and effectively by GetHuman

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You cannot delete a message once it has been sent. But, if you accidentally sent a message to the wrong person and immediately realize it, there is something your can do to delete the message before someone reads it.
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Immediately turn off the cellular data and Wi-Fi. The fastest way to block any internet connection is by enabling airplane mode, which can be reached easily from the notification bar (both on iPhone and Android or any other devices that have the notification bar).
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After disabling the internet connection, you should see a red exclamation point next to the message if you did it on time. This indicates that the message was blocked.The next step is to click on the image to bring up the pull-down menu and click on Delete. Just one more click on Delete and the file will be permanently canceled from WhatsApp, without anyone reading it.
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Author: BenF • April 22nd, 2016

About this Step by Step Guide

After thousands of WhatsApp customers came to GetHuman in search of an answer to this problem, along with others, we decide it was high time to publish instructions. Here are just a few examples of the types of questions we were being asked or problems reported by users like you: WhatsApp: How do I delete a sent message before someone reads it?; Hi, My whatsapp account doesn't connect, saying I have guessed the code too many times. It doesn...; I've had an update to V. for hrs now onto my Sony Experia C. Please advise what I should...; help me to recover my whatsapp numbers . I do not ...; my number phone is banned from using whatsapp; Being blackmailed by another user for money... So we put together this guide to try to help. It has 3 step(s) to it. It takes an average of 15 minutes to get through these steps according to other users, including time spent working through each step and contacting WhatsApp. And we tried to include a checklist of information you'll need when you try to fix this yourself. Best of luck and please let us know if you successfully resolve your issue with this.

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