WhatsApp has granted users one of its most awaited features – the ability to edit messages. Now, for the moment when you make a mistake or change your mind, you can now edit your sent messages on WhatsApp, the Meta Platforms Inc-owned messaging app said in a blog post.
WhatsApp has been working hard on adding new features, especially ones that some of its competitors have had for a long time. Today, it’s time for editing.
From the Meta Channel: you can now edit your WhatsApp messages up to 15 minutes after they're sent! pic.twitter.com/jFWrxJ2AHB
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) May 22, 2023
WhatsApp now supports editing sent messages. All you need to do is long-press the one you want to change and then select Edit from the menu. This only works in the first 15 minutes after a message is sent, keep that in mind.
From correcting a simple misspelling to adding extra context to a message, we’re excited to bring you more control over your chats. All you need to do is long-press on a sent message and choose ‘Edit’ from the menu for up to fifteen minutes after.
Once you’ve altered a sent message, it will display “Edited” alongside itself when other people see it. So you can’t do any stealth shenanigans. The edit history will not be shown, though.
Competing apps such as Telegram and Signal already allow users to edit messages, while microblogging site Twitter rolled out the ability to edit tweets to select users last year.
Of course, all of these are still going to be end-to-end encrypted. This new feature is already rolling out to WhatsApp users globally, and the rollout should be complete “in the coming weeks”.
This move brings WhatsApp in line with its competitors, such as Telegram and Signal, which already offer message-editing capabilities. Twitter, a microblogging platform, also introduced tweet editing to a select group of users last year.
IT’S HERE 📣 Message Editing is rolling out now.
You now get up to 15 minutes after sending a message to edit it. So you don’t have to worry if you duck it up 🦆 pic.twitter.com/JCWNzmXwVr
— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) May 22, 2023
The introduction of message editing addresses a common requirement among users who make errors or wish to refine their sent messages. This new functionality provides increased flexibility and control over shared content within the platform.
WhatsApp’s decision to allow message editing demonstrates its commitment to delivering a seamless communication experience. The ability to rectify mistakes and update information brings convenience and enhances the overall user experience. By implementing this update, WhatsApp aims to further solidify its position as one of the leading global messaging platforms.