WhatsApp starts testing message editing feature

In terms of message editing functionality, WhatsApp is still trailing behind Telegram and even iMessage. Until now, users couldn't even correct a misspelled word after sending a message.

But apparently, that's about to change. According to WABetaInfo, the beta version of the app is already incorporating the editing feature for Android testers.

This feature has been in internal testing for almost a year, but it's only now reaching the public beta.

How to edit a message

With the new editing feature, users will be able to correct typos or add more context to their messages.

To edit a message, simply press and hold it for a few seconds, then tap the vertical ellipsis icon at the top. An edit button will appear in the options menu.


Users will have only 15 minutes to make necessary edits, and only the original message sent from their own device can be edited. Messages sent from other devices or through WhatsApp Web cannot be edited.

The purpose of this restriction is to prevent dubious edits to old messages.

Availability and future releases

The feature is being tested in beta version for Android, but it should soon be available in the iOS beta, as usual.

There is no word on when the function will be available to all users of the stable version of the app.

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