WhatApp to allow users to edit messages within a 15-minute limit

Do you know that WhatsApp has finally announced one of the most anticipated features today – the ability to edit message. The feature will roll out globally in the coming weeks. Senders will be able to modify their messages within 15 minutes of hitting send. See more details below.

WhatApp to allow users to edit messages within a 15-minute limit

Facebook owner, Mark Zuckerberg noted in a Facebook post  that users can now modify a message within 15 minutes of sending the message. if you want to do so, you can press and hold on a message, and tap on the edit option to alter the message. The edited messages will have an “edited” tag next to the time stamp to mark the change. However, the app won’t maintain any correction history. Other users won’t be able to see the previous versions of edited message.

“we are excited that you will 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.

Until now, users had to either delete a message altogether or send a correction in a separate message. Last year, the chat app increased the time limit to delete a message from two days (48 hours) to 60 hours.

whatsApp’s competitors like Telegram and Signal have long offered the ability to edit messages. With iOS 16, Apple also introduced the ability to edit and unsend messages sent via iMessage. Even Twitter introduced the edit button for paid users last year. While the time limit to modify a message is not as generous as Telgram’s 448-hour window, it is still better than nothing. Twitter offers an editing feature to subscribers to its Twitter Blue service, giving them a 30- minute’s window to edit a tweet after it has been sent.

“Edited messages will display “edited” alongside them, so those you are messaging are aware of the correction without showing edit history,” WhatsApp said.

Meta’s founder and chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, flagged the WhatApp change on his Facebook page, showing a message that had been changed from “Beast of Luck!” to “Best of luck!”

Meta said that the feature is already rolling out to users and will be available to everyone in a few weeks.