WhatsApp Now Allows Users Edit Messages

May 22, 2023
WhatsApp Worldwide users

By Adedapo Adesanya

The social messaging platform, WhatsApp, has announced that rather than users deleting chats in case of a typo, they can now make simple edits.

The edited messages will have an “edited” tag next to the time stamp to mark the change, and other users won’t be able to see the previous versions of edited messages.

The Meta-owned platform, through its chief executive officer, Mr Mark Zuckerberg, first noted the development in a Facebook post, revealing that users can now modify a message within 15 minutes of sending the message.

If users want to do this, they can press and hold on to a message and tap on the edit option to alter the message.

“We’re excited that you’ll now have more control over your chats, such as correcting misspellings or adding more context to a message. For this, within 15 minutes of sending the message, you have to tap and hold that message for a while and then select the option of ‘Edit’ from the menu,” the company said in a blog post on Monday.

This will be good for users that want to correct a simple misspelling or those that want to add 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,” WhatsApp said.

As with all personal messages, media and calls, messages and the edits made are protected by end-to-end encryption.

This feature has started rolling out to users globally and will be available to everyone in the coming weeks.

Rival platform, Telegram, has always allowed for edits and users can do so for a time frame of 48 hours.

Last week, the platform announced that users can now lock and hide conversations as part of privacy measures using biometrics or a special code.

Adedapo Adesanya

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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