The instant messaging app – WhatsApp is used by almost everyone worldwide with an Android, iPhone or computer. The app is top rated and the reason behind it is the updates.
Meta, the company behind WhatsApp, regularly pushes new updates to the app that introduce exciting features. Just a few months ago, the app got a few new voice recording features, ability to post voice notes as WhatsApp status, etc.
Now the instant messaging app has another handy feature that lets you edit WhatsApp messages. All users have wanted the ability to edit the sent WhatsApp message, but it was not available until now.
Until now, users only had to correct the sent messages and unsend the chat. But since the latest update lets you edit your sent messages, you can now use the feature to your advantage.
Feature for editing WhatsApp messages
The latest update allows you to edit your sent messages on WhatsApp. This feature can be useful if you make a mistake or change your mind after sending a message.
The message editing feature gives you extra time to think and edit the typos in a sent message. It also gives you a time frame to add extra context to a message, even when it’s being sent.
Edit posts is now rolling out to all users worldwide, but it will take a few weeks to reach every user. If you want to edit your sent messages but can’t find the option to do so, you’ll have to wait a few more days or weeks.
How to edit sent messages on WhatsApp?
WhatsApp just got the feature edit the sent messages; therefore, you need to update the app from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.
Important: You can edit a WhatsApp message within 15 minutes of sending it.
Once updated, you need to follow the steps below to edit sent messages on WhatsApp.
1. Edit WhatsApp messages on Android
If you’re using an Android phone, follow these steps to edit sent messages in the WhatsApp app.
1. Open Google Play Store and search for WhatsApp. Next, open the WhatsApp app listing page and tap the Update knob.
2. After updating the app, open the WhatsApp app and select a conversation.
3. Now you need to select a sent message to edit. Therefore, long press on the message on the chat.
4. Long pressing the message will select it; tap the three dots in the top right corner of the screen.
5. Select from the menu that appears Edit.
6. Then edit the message and tap To steer knob.
7. The edited message has a Edited tab in the chat.
That is it! Here’s how you can edit a sent message on the WhatsApp app for Android.
2. How to Edit WhatsApp Messages on iPhone
The steps to edit WhatsApp messages on iPhone are slightly different. Follow these steps to edit sent WhatsApp messages on iPhone.
- Update your WhatsApp app and open it on your iPhone.
- Now open the WhatsApp chat. Press and hold the sent message.
- Select from the menu that appears Edit.
- Now edit the message and tap the To steer icon.
- The edited message will be sent on the chat; An Edited label appears.
That is it! This way you can edit and send messages on the WhatsApp app for iPhone.
Frequently Asked Questions
I can’t edit the WhatsApp messages
If you can’t edit the WhatsApp message, make sure you’re using the latest version. The post editing feature just rolled out; reaching each user may take several weeks.
How to edit WhatsApp messages after they are sent?
Once the messages are sent, you need to press and hold on the messages and select the edit button. This gives you the option to retype and send the message.
Can you edit a WhatsApp message sent to the group?
Yes! You can edit a WhatsApp message sent in a group chat. However, the edits you make are protected by end-to-end encryption; hence other users cannot see the edit history.
Can others see the original message?
After the sent message is edited, the other user will only see the “Edited” label next to the message. However, there is no way to check the edit history. So no! Other users will not see the original message.
How do I delete a sent WhatsApp message?
WhatsApp allows you to delete a message that was accidentally sent to the wrong person. To do this, long press on the sent message and select the option ‘Delete’.
Also Read: How to Lock and Hide WhatsApp Chats
Editing WhatsApp messages is a great feature and users have been longing for it for a long time. With the feature now live, you can go ahead and edit the posts you want. However, the job must meet the criteria for the “15 minute” time frame. If you know someone who often makes mistakes while typing messages on WhatsApp, share this post with them.