WhatsApp has introduced a new feature that lets users edit their sent messages within fifteen minutes of delivery, the company announced on Monday.
The feature aims to give users more control over their chats and conversations.
“For the moments when you make a mistake, or simply change your mind, you can now edit your sent messages,” WhatsApp said in a blog post. “From correcting a simple misspelling to adding extra context to a message, we’re excited to bring you more control over your chats.”
To use the feature, users have to long-press on a sent message and choose ‘Edit’ from the menu. The edited message will have an ‘edited’ label next to it, but the recipients will not be able to see the edit history. WhatsApp said this is to avoid confusion and maintain privacy.
“As with all personal messages, media and calls, your messages and the edits you make are protected by end-to-end encryption,” WhatsApp added. “This means that no one, not even us, can access or read your messages or edits.”
The message editing feature has started rolling out to users globally and will be available to everyone in the coming weeks. WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps in the world, with over two billion users.
The company regularly updates its app with new features and improvements, such as disappearing messages, stickers, voice and video calls and more.