While WhatsApp currently holds the title of the most popular instant messaging platform worldwide, it falls short in terms of features compared to its counterpart, Telegram. Telegram outshines WhatsApp in almost every aspect, except for its popularity.
Given this context, it appears that WhatsApp has ramped up its efforts to introduce more features to its extensive user base. A recent example of this is the introduction of the Locked Chats feature, which enables users to secure sensitive conversations and protect them from unauthorized access.
Today, WhatsApp is introducing a new feature designed to rescue users from significant mistakes and embarrassing typos—the capability to edit messages after they have been sent.
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
How to Edit WhatsApp Messages
To begin, it is important to ensure that you are using the most recent version of WhatsApp on your Android or iOS device. It’s worth noting that the availability of this feature may be gradually rolled out, so if you don’t immediately see it after updating, there’s no need to worry as it should become accessible over time.
To edit a message on WhatsApp, follow these steps:
- Update WhatsApp to the latest version from the Play Store: WhatsApp on Play Store.
- Long-press on a recent text message that you sent to a specific contact or group.
- Tap on the three dots located in the top right corner.
- Select the “Edit” option.
- Edit your message as desired and then send it.
By following these steps, you’ll be able to update and edit your messages on WhatsApp.
It is worth mentioning that a single message can be edited multiple times, allowing for further modifications and adjustments.
As anticipated, there are certain limitations to consider. The primary restriction is that message editing is only possible within a 15-minute window after sending.
Additionally, it’s important to note that this feature is not discreet. The edited messages can be identified by the label attached to them, indicating that modifications have been made.
At present, message editing is exclusively available on Android and iOS devices. If you are utilizing WhatsApp Web on a PC or Mac, you will only have the option to edit messages on your primary device.
The ability to edit or delete WhatsApp messages can prove beneficial in various scenarios, such as rectifying a typo, providing clarification, or preventing misunderstandings. Nevertheless, it is essential to exercise caution and avoid overusing this feature, as it could potentially lead to confusion or erode trust among your contacts. Remember that effective communication involves accountability, and there are instances where it is preferable to acknowledge and learn from mistakes rather than attempting to erase them.
No more ducks to give 🦆 Message Editing is out now on WhatsApp. pic.twitter.com/etsf0dbzkV
— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) June 7, 2023