WhatsApp Spotted Testing Option to Edit Messages; Adding Support for Skin Tones in Message Reactions


It was found that WhatsApp adds an option to edit messages after sending them. It will allow users to correct errors such as typing errors in their messages, without completely deleting them from the chat and writing a new text message. Separately, WhatsApp has started to support different shades of color for message interactions. The new addition is currently part of the latest beta version of WhatsApp for Android and is available for some beta testers at the moment. It may reach the masses once beta testing is complete.

According to the WhatsApp beta tracker WABetaInfo, WhatsApp has started testing the option to allow users to edit their text messages. It will appear alongside the existing informations And the copy Options that appear once you long press on a text message on the app.

WABetaInfo shared a few screenshots to suggest how the mod option works on WhatsApp.

by choosing release From the menu that pops up after long-pressing the text message, users will be able to edit the text, as shown in the screenshots.

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WhatsApp has been spotted working on the edit option to allow you to easily fix misspellings
Image source: WABetaInfo

It is not clear whether the recipient will be able to know the message’s edit status. It is also unlikely that users will get the ability to look at the editing history of a message to check their previous versions.

The screenshots shared to give us a glimpse into the development are from a recent version of WhatsApp for Android beta. However, WhatsApp is said to be working on offering the editing option for iOS and desktop users as well. However, the exact date of the rollout has not been officially announced.

This is not the first time that WhatsApp has been shown working on the option to allow you to edit messages. Back in 2016, WABetaInfo reported that an instant messaging app was under development to bring in edit and cancel options. Additional references to both options also appeared in some beta versions of the app in 2017. However, WhatsApp did not provide their use even for its beta testers at that time.

Instead of providing the option to edit messages, WhatsApp introduced the “Delete for Everyone” feature in November 2017 to allow users to completely delete an error message.

Aside from seeing it work on the editing option, WhatsApp is testing support for different skin tones for message interactions. WABetaInfo reports that it has been released to some users with WhatsApp for Android beta version 2.22.13.4.

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WhatsApp has started testing to support different skin tones for message interactions
Image source: WABetaInfo

With the new beta version, users can change the skin tone of message reactions based on the last used skin tone in the main emoji menu. This means that, for example, if you used a darker skin tone for the folded hands emoji, it would show the same degree of reaction to the folded hands.

The ability to change skin tone in message reactions appears to be limited to the Thumbs Up and Folded Hands emojis as other reactions do not support different skin tone options at this moment.

WhatsApp rolled out Message Reactions last month to allow users to reply to messages with emojis, similar to other Meta platforms including Facebook Messenger and Instagram as well as Apple’s iMessage.


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