With over 2 billion users, WhatsApp is the leader in the instant messaging service space. It has all the features, from sending text, media, and location to audio and video calls. However, it was missing one of the key features – the ability to edit a text message after it’s sent. WhatsApp users (including me) had been requesting it, and finally, it has been introduced.
While its rival, Telegram, has had the edit feature since 2016, WhatsApp took a longer time. But, users are very happy about it as they won’t have to delete the message and send it again in case of typing errors.
In this guide, we will tell you how you to edit a WhatsApp message after sending on Android or iPhone. The edit feature on WhatsApp has some rules and limitations. We will quickly take you through them and then we’ll move on to the steps.
Things You Should Know About the Edit Feature on WhatsApp
WhatsApp lets you edit a text message within 15 minutes of sending it. Once the time has passed, the edit feature will no longeFollr be available for that message. Unlike Telegram, where you don’t have the time limitation, you need to spot your mistakes quickly and edit the text message.
If you edit a message, WhatsApp will add an “Edited” label alongside the edited message to make the recipient aware that this message has been edited. Neither the sender nor the receiver will be able to see the edit history.
How to Edit WhatsApp Message After Sending on Android
Most of us have been through a situation where we made many typing mistakes only to regret it later. Thanks to the edit feature, now you do not have to delete and send them again. You can easily edit a WhatsApp message using these steps:
- Launch “WhatsApp” on your Android or iPhone.
- Go to the conversation and long-press the message to select it.
- Tap the “three-dot icon” in the top-right corner and select “Edit” from the pop-up menu.
- Edit the message and click the “Send” button when you are done.
- Your changes will reflect instantly. You should see a small “Edited” label next to the edited message.
That’s how you can easily edit a WhatsApp message after it’s sent. If you are an iPhone user, the steps are given below.
How to Edit WhatsApp Messages After Sending on iPhone
Follow these steps:
- Launch the “WhatsApp” application on your phone.
- Enter the conversation in which you want to edit a sent message.
- Press and hold the sent message and select the “Edit” option.
- Start editing the message and tap the send icon when you are done.
Like Android, WhatsApp adds an “Edited” label to iPhone’s edited message. That’s how you can edit a sent WhatsApp message on iPhone.
WhatsApp is gradually rolling out the edit feature. It is not available to all users. If you can’t see the edit feature on WhatsApp, update the app to its latest version. Even after that, you are in the queue if the edit option does not show up. It can take a couple of weeks for the rollout to complete.
If you can’t wait to test it, sign up for the WhatsApp beta program and install the beta build. Please note that beta builds are intended for beta testers. They are prone to bugs and issues. You always have to option to sign out of the beta program and install the stable build.
I can’t see the edit option on WhatsApp. Why?
If you can’t see the edit option after holding the message, 15 minutes have passed, or the edit feature is unavailable for your phone.
Will the other person know if I edit a message on WhatsApp?
Yes, WhatsApp adds an “Edited” label to the edited text message. However, they can’t see the edit history.
We hope this guide was helpful to you. What do you think about the edit feature on WhatsApp? How beneficial it is for you? Do share your valuable thoughts in the comment section below.