Meta announced that WhatsApp now allows editing of messages within a 15-minute time limit after sending them. The feature is neither first nor original from WhatsApp, but it should now prevent unnecessary typos and additional text message corrections.
One of the downsides of WhatsApp is its inability to edit messages. Nonetheless, if you are one of the frequent users of the communication app, this should now be over in the new update Meta is rolling out. In its recent blog post, the company shared that users now have the chance to correct any possible misspelled texts or words they will send within a limited timeframe. As per Meta, it is now rolling out and will be available to everyone in the coming weeks.
The new feature can be accessed by pressing and holding a particular message until the menu appears. After this, users will have the option to “Edit” the message. If selected and some parts of the message are altered, an “edited” tag will indicate the change. Nonetheless, it is important to note that no history will be shown.
“Edited messages will display ‘edited’ alongside them, so those you’re messaging are aware of the correction without showing edit history,” Meta wrote. “As with all personal messages, media and calls, your messages and the edits you make are protected by end-to-end encryption.”
This feature has been available to other apps and platforms for quite some time now, including Twitter, Telegram, Signal, and even iMessage via iOS 16. Yet, it is nice that Meta is finally adopting this useful feature to one of its messaging apps. No words on whether the feature is also coming to Messenger (which only allows the unsending of messages), but the idea of it coming to one of the oldest communication apps is interesting.