WhatsApp is rolling out a new update through the Google Play Beta Program, bringing the version up to 184.108.40.206.
What’s new in this update? WhatsApp is releasing a feature that allows users to edit messages, and it is available to some lucky beta testers!
|Name of the feature?||Edit messages|
|Compatibility?||WhatsApp beta for Android 220.127.116.11 is marked as a compatible update.|
|I’ve installed this update but I don’t have this feature. Why?||This feature is available to some lucky beta testers, and it is rolling out to more people over the coming days.|
|Thanks:||Sc and Hypogriff, for testing and reporting!|
|Previous news?||WhatsApp for iOS 23.9.77: what’s new? WhatsApp is widely rolling out a tweaked interface when loading link previews!|
In the article about the WhatsApp beta for Android 18.104.22.168 update, we announced that WhatsApp was working on the final part of the feature that allows users to edit messages and that it was expected to be released to some beta testers very soon. In fact, since this feature has been released to some users who joined the beta program of WhatsApp Web, it was easy to assume that it would also be released to WhatsApp beta users for Android soon. After installing the latest WhatsApp beta for Android 22.214.171.124 update from the Google Play Store, we can confirm that some users may be able to edit messages within chats and groups:
As you can see in this screenshot, the edit button may be available within the message options, allowing users to edit text messages. There are no limits regarding the number of times a message can be edited, but this must be done within 15 minutes of sending it, and it is not possible to edit a message sent from another device, at the moment. When a message has been edited for everyone, the label “edited” appears within the message bubble, making it easier for users to understand if a message received a revision.
Probably, you are wondering why WhatsApp allows the editing of a message only within 15 minutes of its sending, and why it has not chosen larger limits. This feature is intended as a tool that helps users correct typing errors, and allowing message editing for a longer period of time, such as 1 day, could compromise the integrity of the conversation. Note that this feature only allows users to edit text messages and other kinds of messages are not supported, at the moment: WhatsApp may plan to bring several improvements to the edit feature over the coming months. As always, we will let you know in case there is something new to share with you.
The ability to edit messages is available to some lucky beta testers after installing the latest WhatsApp beta for Android update from the Google Play Store, and it is rolling out to more users over the coming days. Note that there might be more chances to get this feature after installing the latest update of WhatsApp Business beta, according to our reports.
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