WhatsApp now gives users the ability to rewrite messages and fix mistakes, if only for a short time after pressing send.
“You can now edit your WhatsApp messages up to 15 minutes after they’ve been sent,” said Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of WhatsApp parent company Meta, in a Facebook message on Monday.
To edit a message, you can now long press on a sent message and then choose “edit” from the menu, where you also have the option to delete the message.
A gray “edited” note below the message will let other users know that you’ve edited the message, but they won’t be able to see the original message after editing it.
WhatsApp developers say the changes are also protected by the platform’s end-to-end encryption, and that the feature is now available globally and should arrive on all phones in the coming weeks.
Last year Twitter announced it was adding an editing feature, following years of requests for users to fix errors in tweets. Twitter users can edit tweets up to 30 minutes after posting.
Both Instagram and Facebook also allow users to edit posts, albeit without strict time limits. While emails can’t be changed once they’ve been sent, Gmail has a feature that lets you “undo” the send for up to 30 seconds after you hit the send button.
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