WhatsApp finally implements a change that its users have been asking for for many years: the ability to edit messages once they’ve been sent. This feature has been around for quite some time on other competing platforms where people at Meta are usually “inspired” to adopt it in future updates.
Such was the case with Telegram, where it is possible to edit the sent messages to correct spelling or details in the wording. But mysteriously this feature had not been brought to WhatsApp for a long time. Until now.
However, not everything is perfect, nor is it a complete copy of what is done on Telegram, as it happens, since Mark Zuckerberg’s company has been in charge of introducing a distinctive modification that will be attractive to many and annoying to many others.
The good news, however, is that the messaging application has finally joined the latest trends in the sector by giving its users the right to correct what they have written after making a mistake without having to plague the conversation window with explanatory messages.
This is the new WhatsApp function to edit sent messages
Through a post on his official blog The people of WhatsApp have confirmed all the first details about its new function to edit messages already sent through its application.
This is a change in the interface where the contextual menu of long tap on each message opens different usual options where now the ability to edit messages is added:
“We’re excited to give you more control over your chats, as you can now do anything from correcting simple misspellings to adding extra context to a message. Just long press on the sent message and choose Edit from the menu.
Edited messages will show the status ‘edited’, so recipients will be aware of the correction, but will not be able to see the change history.”
The only condition, it should be noted, is that users will only have the first 15 minutes after sending the message to be able to edit it. Once that period of time has elapsed, it will be impossible to implement changes in the wording.
As it already happens with all messages, multimedia files and calls, the changes you make will be protected by the already traditional end-to-end encryption.
This feature has been released globally but in a phased manner. Therefore, it will be essential to be aware of the launch of future app updates in the following weeks.