Ever experienced that sinking feeling when you have instantly regretted sending a message to someone?
What about all those times an awkward typo or autocorrect fail has given your message a totally different or even embarrassing new meaning?
The private messaging app and Whatsapp rival Telegram has added a handy new feature which allows users to edit messages after they have been sent.
Farewell to typos! Starting today, you can edit the text of your messages after sending them. This works across all Telegram chats, including groups and one-on-one conversations, read the announcement on Telegram’s blog.
Added editing messages, new mentions, frequent contacts, bots in attachment menu, and more in the new update: https://t.co/jPSxlGzCjq
— Telegram Messenger (@telegram) May 15, 2016
All users need to do to enable the new feature is to tap on the message and hold down until they see “edit”. Desktop users need to click on the up arrow to edit the text of a previous message.
Any messages that have been edited display the word “edited” so those involved in the conversation are aware when any changes to text has been made.
The new feature could convince some to switch from Facebook owned Whatsapp or other instant messaging apps, where it is not possible to recall or edit messages.
Telegram, which was founded by Russian tech entrepreneur Pavel Durov, is a security focused messaging app that was one of the first to use end to end encryption.
In April Whatsapp announced that it too would now use encryption to help protect user’s files and data.
Telegram claims to have 100 million active monthly users, compared to Whatsapp’s 1 billion, although it does say it is adding around 350,000 new users each month.
If it continues to introduce more useful new features its user base may grow considerably.
Jonathan is our Google Nexus and Android enthusiast. He is also fanatical about football which makes it all the more strange that he should support Stockport County. In addition to writing about tech, Jonathan has a passion for fitness and nutrition and has previously written for one the UK’s leading watch and horology websites.