WhatsApp Users to Gain iMessage-Like Ability to Edit Sent Messages

WhatsApp is actively working on an ability for iPhone users to edit messages after they have been sent over the popular Meta-owned encrypted chat platform.

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With iOS 16, Apple introduced the ability to edit or unsend recently sent iMessages. Telegram also offers a similar edit-after-sending feature. Now it looks like WhatsApp will be next.

To edit a sent message, users will need to tap and hold on a chat bubble and select the Edit option. According to WaBetaInfo, WhatsApp users can expect to be able to edit a message for up to 15 minutes after sending it, which is the same duration that Apple gives iMessage users wanting to edit sent messages. In contrast, Telegram gives users 48 hours to do their editing.

The ability to edit sent messages will be released in a future update of the app to some WhatsApp beta testers, but as the feature is under development, the public rollout schedule is unknown.

In other Meta-related developments, WhatsApp is also said to be experimenting with private newsletters. WABetaInfo discovered code in a recent beta for Android that includes references to the feature, which is described as a private space in the Status tab that lets users share content with followers.

Last week, WhatsApp began rolling out picture-in-picture support, allowing users to continue their video call in a small window while doing something else on their ‌iPhone‌.

Top Rated Comments

zoker715 Avatar
15 months ago
The only thing I need from Whats App is an iPad App.

I live in a country where you MUST use WA due to everybody using the service. It is annoying when I get back home and I still have to bring my phone everywhere I go even though I am already on my iPad chillin.

Common! Work on something that is actually useful please.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Feek Avatar
15 months ago
Cue a load of incoming replies from people in the US expressing surprise that anyone uses WhatsApp :D

It's huge outside the USA. This is a nice touch and it'll be handy to go back and edit messages for readability or to correct typos.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Marbles1 Avatar
15 months ago
Maybe in a decade we'll see an iPad App. When Meta get around to it.

FYI:

WhatsApp was released in January 2009
The first iPad was released in April 2010.

It's now 2023.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ian87w Avatar
15 months ago

This is the one of the apps from Meta that I will not be creating an account for... I already have a Facebook and Instagram account... They already have my data with the two apps and I don't want to add another one... [Even when you delete the account, the data seems to be kept indefinitely although I'm not sure if this also applies to countries that observe GDPR... I know because I deleted an account before and set up a new one and it suggested people that I personally know from my past...]

Although I must say that it's a good thing these cross-platform apps exist for those who do not want to be isolated/be exclusive to either iOS or android...
Ironically, Whatsapp is probably the only meta app that is still somewhat private due to e2ee.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
emulajavi Avatar
15 months ago
2023 and still no iPad app ?
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
5232152 Avatar
15 months ago
I, unfortunately, have to use WhatsApp because of some acquaintances but the fact everyone is not using Telegram or Signal is crazy to me.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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