Editing Sent Messages on WhatsApp

Have you ever sent an embarrassing message on WhatsApp that you regret so much? Lucky for you, WhatsApp lets you edit sent messages. The process is relatively simple, but first you need to know a few caveats.

Learn how to edit messages on WhatsApp in the guide below.

WhatsApp Message Editing: What is Capture?

First, you need to know that editing sent messages is different from sending disappearing messages and media on WhatsApp. Edited sent messages will still be there and you cannot delete them.

Second, you have 15 minutes to edit a message after it has been sent. Also, edited messages will be marked as “edited” next to the timestamp. The good news is that the recipient will not see the original message. You can edit a message an unlimited number of times within 15 minutes after sending it. And since WhatsApp does not store a revision history, the recipient cannot know the content of the original message.

You can edit a sent message on WhatsApp in a one-on-one or group conversation. However, you cannot edit a message sent by another person.

Editing Sent Messages on WhatsApp

Editing sent messages on WhatsApp is a simple process.

  1. Open the chat thread with the message you want to edit.
  2. Long press the message you want to edit.
    Long press message on WhatsApp
  3. tap on pencil icon in the upper right corner of the screen
  4. Edit your message in the text box below and check button.
    Editing a sent message on WhatsApp
  5. The edited message will now appear in the conversation with the ‘Edited’ tag.

Organizing WhatsApp Sent Messages is a Lifesaver

Message editing is a useful must-have feature. It’s not only perfect for chats you regret sending, but also for times when you’ve sent a secret message to the wrong person. If you want to avoid sending messages to the wrong person altogether, you can hide and lock those WhatsApp chats instead.

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