WhatsApp users will be able to edit sent messages for the first time

WhatsApp users can now edit messages. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Gareth CorfieldTelegraph.co.uk

WhatsApp is to let its two billion users edit sent messages for the first time in a major overhaul of the social media app.

A sender will be able to modify for up to a quarter of an hour after sending it, following one of the biggest changes in the service’s 14-year history.

Edited messages will have the word “edited” added next to them, although other users will not be able to see previous versions of altered text.1

On other Meta-owned social media sites, such as Facebook, original text can still be viewed after editing.

A WhatsApp spokesman confirmed edited messages would continue to be protected by end-to-end encryption.

Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive of the brand’s owner, Meta, said: “You can now edit your WhatsApp messages up to 15 mins after they’re sent!”

In a blog, the company said: “All you need to do is long-press on a sent message and choose ‘edit’ from the menu for up to 15 minutes after.”

WhatsApp launched a private conversations mode earlier this month, letting some messages be hidden behind a phone’s passcode or biometric login capabilities.

Chat Lock, as WhatsApp calls the feature, is intended for users who share their devices with others, such as children using a family device, it suggests.

At the time, a WhatsApp spokesman said: “Locking a chat takes that thread out of the inbox and puts it behind its own folder that can only be accessed with your device password or biometric, like a fingerprint. It also automatically hides the contents of that chat in notifications too.”

Other popular messaging apps do not offer editing features, making WhatsApp one of the first mainstream products to do so. Signal Messenger, which shares many similarities with WhatsApp, does not allow editing.

Meta posted its first increase in sales for 12 months in April, recording a 3pc revenue increase to $28.6bn (€26.5bn) in the first quarter of this year compared to a year earlier, after struggling with Mr Zuckerberg’s focus on the virtual reality metaverse.