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WhatsApp may soon let you edit and delete sent messages

A look at a recent WhatsApp beta build suggests that users may soon be able to amend and delete messages – whether they have been read or not.

Published onDecember 19, 2016


WhatsApp may be working on a new function that would allow users to edit and delete sent messages. The news arrives via the WABetaInfo Twitter channel, a source of early WhatsApp news and speculation, which claims to have discovered the feature in the WhatsApp beta build for iOS. This would be the first time WhatsApp has introduced such features since it launched in 2010.

WABetaInfo tweeted a video showing the message deletion process in action. It appears to work by tapping and holding on a sent message to bring up a list of options, including “revoke”, which can be selected to delete the message from the conversation. It also seems that this can be applied to read messages, as WhatsApp’s blue check marks can be seen briefly before the messages are removed.

A subsequent tweet reveals an “edit” option available in the same menu, which would allow users to amend the content of sent messages. WABetaInfo says would be disabled by default.

WhatsApp beta for iOS how revoking messages work. #hidden #whatsappbeta
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) December 14, 2016

Though this speculation pertains to the iOS build, it’s highly likely that the feature would also roll out to the Android version – should it roll out at all.

Would you like to see this feature come to WhatsApp? Let us know in the comments.

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