Shock WhatsApp Change lets you edit texts you’ve already sent – here’s how

WHATSAPP is working on a change that will allow you to edit text messages you’ve already sent.

You have up to 15 minutes to quickly edit a letter sent through the app.

Soon you will be able to edit texts on WhatsApp


Soon you will be able to edit texts on WhatsAppPhoto credit: WhatsApp / WABetaInfo

It’s a long-requested feature that is now “in development” on WhatsApp.

That means it’s only a matter of time before it hits the WhatsApp beta – where you can test it out for yourself.

The feature was discovered by the tech detectives of WABetaInfo who dive into the beta app to discover new features.

According to the report, you can press and hold a text you’ve sent and then edit it.

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This is only possible for the first 15 minutes, after that it becomes unchangeable.

Other users in the WhatsApp chat will see an “Edited” label on the text you’ve changed.

This prevents people from “secretly editing” texts without friends knowing.

But there’s a catch.

“We can finally reveal that WhatsApp gives you exactly 15 minutes to edit a message,” WABetaInfo explained.

“As is the case with deleted messages for everyone, WhatsApp may not ensure that your message is actually processed if the recipient does not turn on their device within a certain period of time (probably a day or a little longer).”

Unfortunately, we still don’t know exactly when the feature will be available on all phones.

WhatsApp always competes with his Apple Rival, iMessage.

And at Apple’s WWDC 2022 earlier this year, Apple confirmed a huge iMessage update that’s now live.

The built in iPhone Messenger now lets you undo texts – just like WhatsApp.

But the iOS 16 update also adds a text message editor that lets you tweak messages up to 15 minutes after they’re sent.

That means iMessage beat WhatsApp for this feature.

If you want to try the latest WhatsApp features first, you can join the app beta.

How to get WhatsApp beta

To download WhatsApp Beta for your smartphone, you need to go to Google Play on your smartphone Android and search for whatsapp.

Scroll down the page until you see “Become a Beta Tester”.

Tap the “I’m in” button, then tap “Join” to confirm.

Now all you have to do is wait for the update to the beta version of the app.

Join the WhatsApp beta iOS is more difficult and has a limited capacity.

Follow Apple’s instructions here.

How to edit texts on iPhone

Editing messages on WhatsApp may still take a while, but you can change iMessage texts now.

Not all iMessages can be optimized or deleted: there is a time limit.

You only have 15 minutes to make changes to a text before the option expires.

Just press and hold the message to edit it.

Recipients are notified when a text has been edited.

However, it’s not possible to see exactly what changes were made – unless you’ve seen the message before and remembered what it said.

Also important is that both the sender and recipient must be on iOS 16 for the feature to work.

So even if you have iOS 16, you can’t undo or edit a text for someone who hasn’t upgraded yet.

You’ll get a warning that some people won’t see your changes in this case.

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All must be running iOS 16 for the feature to work.

To check if you have it, go to Settings > General > Software update.

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