WhatsApp has finally announced a long-awaited update that allows its billions of users to edit messages after sending them.

This new feature will enable you to fix typos, add emojis, and make adjustments to your chats if you happen to change your mind about something you’ve said. It has the potential to save you from embarrassing situations and put an end to family arguments. However, there is a catch.

After sending a message, WhatsApp will only grant users a 15-minute window to make changes or reconsider their words. Once this time limit has expired, the chat becomes locked, and no further modifications can be made.

Recipients of the edited message will be notified with the word “Edited” displayed alongside the chat, ensuring they are aware that updates have been made.

In a blog post, WhatsApp stated, “For those moments when you make a mistake or simply change your mind, you can now edit your sent messages. We are excited to provide you with more control over your chats, whether it’s correcting a minor spelling error or adding additional context to a message.”

So, how does this feature work, and when can you expect to have it on your phone?

WhatsApp has announced that both Android and iPhone users will receive this update, which will be rolled out globally in the upcoming weeks. Once the update becomes available on your device, you can simply long-press on a sent message, select “Edit” from the menu, and begin making the desired changes. Then, just tap the send button again to send the edited message.

This recent update follows the introduction of another feature called Chat Lock, which was made available to WhatsApp users last week. This upgrade ensures that chats remain hidden from view and can only be accessed through additional security measures, such as Apple’s Face ID, a 4-digit PIN code, or the phone’s fingerprint scanner. When a chat is assigned to the locked folder, messages can only be viewed after verifying your identity, guaranteeing that no one else can read them without your knowledge.