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WhatsApp now allows users to edit sent texts, but with a catch. Here’s how to change typos on WhatsApp

WhatsApp has started rolling out the update that allows the user to edit sent messages. Although the process is very simple, users will only be able to edit a message within a 15-minute window after they send the message. The message will also have a label indicating that it has been modified.

Thanks to WhatsApp’s latest feature, the days of sending follow-up text messages to clarify typos and edit messages are a thing of the past. The messaging app, owned by Meta, has introduced an Edit button, allowing users to rectify their sent messages.

According to the WhatsApp blog, this feature allows users to fix errors or change their minds. However, there is one important limitation: changes can only be made within 15 minutes of sending the message; after that, the message becomes permanent.

A long-awaited feature
To indicate that a post has been edited, the word “edited” will be displayed next to it, ensuring that friends are aware of the correction. Nevertheless, the history of changes will remain hidden from others. WhatsApp assures users that like all personal messages, media, and calls, original messages and subsequent edits are protected by end-to-end encryption.

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Meta founder Mark Zuckerberg also shared the news on his Facebook page, announcing the new feature: “You can now edit your WhatsApp messages up to 15 minutes after they’ve been sent!”

WhatsApp’s introduction of the editing feature, while important, comes with a slight delay compared to similar features implemented by other platforms.

Apple’s iMessage, for example, introduced an editing option for its users a year ago. Interestingly, Meta-owned platforms like Instagram and Facebook have had this feature for several years, highlighting WhatsApp’s lag in meeting user demands.

What about other highly anticipated and requested features?
This delay raises concerns about the messaging platform’s ability to meet other long-standing and fundamental user demands. For example, WhatsApp still lacks the feature to schedule messages, a feature already present in some applications.

Additionally, users have expressed a desire for a call recording feature, which is problematic due to privacy considerations. Another feature missing from WhatsApp is an Instagram-like Vanish mode, which automatically deletes messages once the conversation is closed.

How to Edit Sent Messages on WhatsApp
The process is actually very simple.

  1. Select the message you want to edit by tapping and holding it. Be sure to do this within the 15 minute window.
  2. Press the “Edit” button in the menu that appears. The edit button has its own pen icon, so it should be easily identifiable.
  3. Edit the message as desired.
  4. Tap the “OK” button or the check mark at the bottom of your keyboard, whichever your device displays.

WhatsApp, owned by Meta, underscores its commitment to protecting user data through the implementation of end-to-end encryption (E2EE). This privacy standard extends to various aspects of the platform, including media files and calls.

By using E2EE, WhatsApp ensures that messages cannot be intercepted or viewed by anyone, including the company itself. This emphasis on privacy aims to provide users with the assurance that their communications on WhatsApp remain secure and private.

For now, the feature is only available to users of the WhatsApp beta, which was available to them a few weeks ago. Meta has started rolling out the update to parts of the world and will complete the rollout this week.

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