WhatsApp may soon let you edit or revoke sent messages, photos and videos

Such a feature could spare the blushes of many..

Such a feature could spare the blushes of many..

A future update to WhatsApp looks set to add a feature that will bring welcome relief to careless typists. A beta version of the IM service indicates that pretty soon, users will be able to revoke and edit sent messages. Provided the recipient hasn't already seen it, you'll be able to pretend that said correspondence never existed. 

Right now, you can only delete sent messages at local level. So if you make an embarrassing typo or say something regrettable, you can remove it at your end, but the recipient is still able to see it. Like Skype and other instant messaging services, WhatsApp users could be able to legitimately redact or edit a message that has already travelled through cyberspace. 

Such a feature would be incredibly useful and to some, essential. As well as regular text, it is also reported that the users will be able to revoke images and video as well. There's no ETA as yet and since it's being tested in beta, no guarantees that it'll even be rolled out to the main version. 

Would you like to see this feature implemented? Let us know in the comments!

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19 Comments

1. RoryBreaker

Posts: 189; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

This would set WhatsApp even further above the rest!

2. shaineql

Posts: 520; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

No please, im saving some chats from my ex girlfriends , this would let them unsend all the nudes

4. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Seriously dude? Nudes? That is all you can think and care about?

8. verty

Posts: 132; Member since: May 07, 2012

Please get off your high horse!! Whats wrong with nudes!

10. shaineql

Posts: 520; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Yes , that's the first thing that comes to mind , not just old nudes , but girls will unsend new ones after 5 secs like while using instagram ...

12. dmitrilp_

Posts: 330; Member since: Sep 12, 2016

And that ain't fair, we should be allow to keep them even after break up!

6. Tizo101

Posts: 515; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

you can always go to file manager>WhatsApp>WhatsApp media>pictures ... and just transfer to wherever or are you an iPhone user?

9. verty

Posts: 132; Member since: May 07, 2012

Lol. Once read they can no longer delete

14. aahmed215

Posts: 169; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

Then download them

3. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

This Feature has been needed since 2010

5. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Screenshot!!!

7. SIGPRO

Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Euhm revoke will not work if other person has auto download enabled for pictured and movies etc.

11. dmitrilp_

Posts: 330; Member since: Sep 12, 2016

Oh yes! at work we have a group chat and i sent a message to that group that was meant for somebody else and it was so embarrassing.

13. smartandcool3

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 17, 2012

Looks like whatsapp is struggling against Telegram in feature competition, Telegram already has this important feature to edit the sent messages.

15. mahima

Posts: 714; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

haha...

16. FlySheikh

Posts: 443; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

They're playing the catch-up game

17. Mireille

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 18, 2016

Well done developers! I wish it gets released today itself. That is one of the most features users will prefer.

18. Youlightupmylife25

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 18, 2016

Wonderful I like it, as this will help us a lot from sending incorrect chats and from embarrasing situations great feature

19. smartandcool3

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 17, 2012

Telegram has the feature of editing sent messages for a long time now.

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