Whatsapp has received a much-anticipated feature that lets senders edit already sent messages within 15 minutes. The edited messages will have an ‘edited’ tag next to the timestamp but the app won’t be saving any editing history meaning recipients won’t be able to see any of the previous versions of the message. The feature has already started rolling out to users globally and should be available to you in a few weeks.
The update was announced by Mark Zuckerberg in a Facebook post. All you need to do to edit a message is press and hold a sent message and tap the edit option in the pop-up menu that appears. As mentioned above, the option is only available for 15 minutes from the time of sending the message, so might want to be quick with your corrections.
Up until now, users either had to send another message or completely delete their previously sent messages which is a bit of an inconvenience. This was made a bit easy by the app extending the time a sent message can be deleted from 48 hours to 60 hours, but corrections weren’t possible until now. Regardless, sending corrections separately can be confusing, especially if you’re talking in a busy group chat, where messages can get lost and lose context rather quickly.
The feature puts Whatsapp closer to rival apps like Telegram and Signal that have offered editing capabilities for a while now. That said, Telegram does give users two full days before they can edit their sent message, instead of the meagre 15 minutes that Whatsapp is offering. Since iOS 16, Apple also introduced an edited and unending feature in iMessage with even Twitter hopping on the bandwagon and offering tweet editing capabilities to Twitter Blue subscribers since 2022.