WhatsApp is rolling out a new update through the Google Play Beta Program, bringing the version up to 188.8.131.52.
What’s new in this update? WhatsApp is rolling out a feature to edit messages within community announcement groups, and it’s available to some beta testers!
|Name of the feature?||Message editing – community announcement groups|
|Compatibility?||WhatsApp beta for Android 184.108.40.206 is marked as a compatible update, but some users may be able to get the same feature by installing one of the following updates: 220.127.116.11, 18.104.22.168, 22.214.171.124, 126.96.36.199, and 188.8.131.52.|
|I’ve installed this update but I don’t have this feature. Why?||This feature is available to some beta testers, and it is rolling out to more users over the coming days.|
|Thanks:||Technical MJ TV, for testing and reporting.|
|Previous news?||WhatsApp beta for iOS 184.108.40.206: what’s new? WhatsApp is working on a new interface for the app with new colors, new buttons, and the ability to filter chats!|
In the article about the WhatsApp beta for Android 220.127.116.11 update, we announced a new feature available to a limited group of beta testers: the ability to edit messages. With this feature, users can edit and modify the content of their previously sent messages, provided that it’s within a 15-minute window from the time of sending. However, this feature was not available within community announcement groups due to certain limitations. Finally, after installing the latest WhatsApp beta for Android 18.104.22.168 update from the Google Play Store, some beta testers can now edit messages within their community announcement groups!
As you can see in this screenshot, the edit action is now available when opening the message menu within a community announcement group. Just try to share a new message in a community announcement group to see if it’s possible to edit it with the new update. As happens with messages shared in your chats and groups, there is no set restriction on the frequency of message edits within a 15-minute timeframe from sending. In addition, a message is always marked as “edited” when its content is changed: this is a clear indication that the message has been revised.
In our opinion, this feature is even more useful in community announcement groups: usually, messages shared in this specific group are very important as they need to reach a large number of users. As a result, sharing a message within community announcement groups containing something wrong can occasionally be quite serious. The editing feature offered by WhatsApp in this update grants community admins an extra level of control in such situations.
The feature to edit messages within community announcement groups is available to some beta testers that install the latest updates of WhatsApp beta for Android from the Google Play Store, and it is rolling out to even more people over the coming days.
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