Rumor has it that WhatsApp is about to roll out an update that will change the messages sent. Many times announced, always delayed, the possibility of modifying messages after sending in WhatsApp is a feature which, if it were to be really implemented, would constitute a great revolution in the world of instant messaging. Claimed loud and clear by the user community, it is currently only in beta in the beta program of Google Play.
WhatsApp users know it: editing a message after sending it is currently impossible. If you feel remorse or realize you made a typo, the only way to make up for it is to delete the original post. Users of an Android smartphone with access to the betas of the Google Play program will be able to test this very useful feature: the modification of messages.
Editing WhatsApp messages is more complex than it looks
How long will we have to change a message? No one is yet able to specify, but it’s a safe bet that we will have to act quickly. Indeed, allowing users to trace all their conversations and modify them would be confusing for the interlocutors, but also too demanding in material resources for the company. In 2020, WhatsApp managed more than 100 billion daily messages.
Despite its apparent simplicity, this feature is so complex to implement that only iMessage offers it, with limitations. Not only do you need a recent iPhone, but it also needs to be running the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 16. More simply, apps like Telegram, Signal and other Facebook Messenger just leave users delete their messages, with no time limit. Recipients will also see which messages have been edited. No information is yet available on availability for the entire post edit. There is no doubt that it will be a great success with the two billion WhatsApp users.