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How to edit WhatsApp message after sending

You can now edit WhatsApp messages after sending them–we’ll show you how.

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We usually cannot take back words once they escape our lips. That’s not the case on many chat apps, and you can now edit WhatsApp messages after sending them.

Like Telegram and iMessage, you can edit sent messages in WhatsApp, too. You have a grace period to do this; you can edit sent messages on WhatsApp as many times as you want but only within 15 minutes.

We’ll walk you through how to edit WhatsApp messages once they are sent.

Edit WhatsApp messages after sending on Android

WhatsApp is one of the most popular chat apps on Android, especially outside of the US.

Here’s how to edit your WhatsApp messages after sending so your typos don’t live forever.

  1. Open WhatsApp
    Person holding phone with whatsapp opened

    Open the WhatsApp app on your Android phone.

  2. Select a chat
    The image is showing a conversation between two people, with a message from whatsapp informing them that their messages and calls are end-to-end encrypted and no one outside of the chat can read or listen to them.

    Open the chat you want to edit.

  3. Select a message

    Long-press on the message you want to edit until it highlights.

  4. Open the settings menu
    Screenshot of whatsapp messenger showing the in-message settings menu

    Tap on the three-dot menu at the top right, then tap on Edit.

  5. Make the correction
    The screenshot of a cell phone.

    Modify the text to correct the mistake, then tap on the tick mark button to confirm.

Your message has been updated, and you can see the new message replacing the old one with an ‘Edited’ banner so that the other people in the conversation know it was edited.

How to edit WhatsApp messages on iOS

  1. Open WhatsApp on your iPhone.
Image of iphone home screen with arrow pointing to the whatsapp icon in purple background
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  1. Open the convo to whom you sent a typo or a wrong message.
Screenshot of whatsapp running on ios with the message inbox shown
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  1. Long press on the message that you want to edit until a pop-up menu appears, then tap on Edit.
Screenshot of whatsapp showing the edit menu on ios
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  1. Modify the text and tap the tick mark next to it.
Whatsapp editing box showing a typo being corrected
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Like in Android, the edited message appears with an Edited tag under it.

Why can’t you edit WhatsApp messages?

Now that you know how to edit WhatsApp messages on any mobile device. But what can you do if WhatsApp doesn’t let you edit your message?

Well, first check for any updates to the app, as only the newest versions of WhatsApp have the feature. Next, try editing the message on the same device you sent it from.

It’s also worth checking you didn’t select multiple messages at once, as the app will only let you edit one at a time. And check you haven’t gone past the 15 minute time limit for editing, as the menu option won’t show up after that.

Once the 15-minute timeframe is done and if you still want to modify the text, the only tip we can give you is to delete the message for everyone and send the right one again.

The ‘delete for everyone’ feature will be live for up to 48 hours after sending the message.

That’s all you need to know about editing WhatsApp messages after they’ve been sent.

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