(Pocket-lint) - Facebook Messenger has an "unsend" feature for all users. The feature lets you delete messages from a conversation after you've sent them - similar to what WhatsApp also allows you to do within a certain timeframe, though the WhatsApp feature offers longer.

The idea is that, if you ever send the wrong message to someone, make a typo, or send something you regret, you can remove it in Messenger. Here's how the feature works and how to use it.

How to unsend a Facebook message

First things first, you need to do these steps within 10 minutes of sending the message you are looking to unsend or remove so you need to work fast.

  1. Press and hold on the message you want to delete in the iOS or Android app
  2. Tap on 'More' at the bottom
  3. Select 'Remove'
  4. Tap on 'Unsend' or 'Remove for You'

If you are using a web browser: 

  1. Tap on the three dots to the left of the message you want to remove
  2. Tap on 'Remove'
  3. 'Tap on Unsend for Everyone' or 'Remove for You'

If you selecting 'Unsend', Facebook Messenger will replace your message with a notice that says the message was unsent by you and it will have a 'Removed at [timestamp]'. The unsent message is removed from the conversation, but they could still be included if the conversation is reported and the recipient will still be able to see that you have sent and removed a message, as well as report it, but they can't see what you sent.

If you want to remove a message just for yourself, select "Remove for You" (others will still see your message with this option).

Who can use Facebook's unsend feature?

Facebook's unsend feature is available on the Facebook Messenger app for iOS and Android. It is also available on the browser.

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Writing by Maggie Tillman. Editing by Britta O'Boyle.