WhatsApp Now Lets You Edit Sent Messages. Here's How

Save yourself from those embarrassing typos.

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Hit that send button a little too soon? WhatsApp now has an edit feature that lets you edit sent messages, letting you fix a typo or maybe giving you a chance to rethink your words. The new feature is rolling out for the secure messaging app on Monday and should be available to everyone in the "coming weeks," the company said. 

The new feature does have a time limit though. You're only able to edit a message within 15 minutes of it being sent. Once a message has been edited on WhatsApp, it will display "edited" next to it, making the receiver of the message aware of the changes. 

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of WhatsApp parent company Meta, shared an example of the new feature in a Facebook post Monday, changing the typo "Beast of luck!" to "Best of luck!"

WhatsApp has incorporated several new features in recent months. In February, the popular app added a status feature, which is similar to Instagram Stories allowing users to post a picture or video that is only available for 24 hours. Then in April, WhatsApp said it would start letting people use their accounts across multiple phones

How to edit a sent message in WhatsApp

Message editing allows you to correct messages you already sent on WhatsApp within a 15-minute window, and it's pretty simple. 

Find the message you want to edit and do a long press, the same way you'd add an emoji reaction or reply to a message. When the menu pops up, select Edit. You can then fix typos or alter the message. 

Screenshots of a new message editing feature in WhatsApp