How to edit texts in Google Messages

An image depicting the edit button in Google Messages during its latest beta.
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When you know how to edit texts in Google Messages, you can quickly go back and make the necessary changes. You also save time since you don't have to rewrite the message for it to make sense. Android users can now edit their messages when using RCS messages in Google Messages, and the good news is that the steps to do it are beginner-friendly. 

The new feature is part of the June Android feature drop, but if you don't see it yet, ensure you update your Android apps to get the latest features. Remember, you only have a maximum of 15 minutes to edit your messages. WhatsApp users also have the same amount of time to edit their messages. But if you proofread your messages shortly after sending them, that should be more than enough time.

How to edit a message sent on Google Messages

Note: The feature only works with RCS messages, and your wireless carrier must offer RCS in its text message technology. This will also not work with a message sent from Android to iPhone since an older MMS or SMS technology is used.

You can quickly and easily modify your message on Google Messages by doing the following:

1. Long-press on the sent message.

2. Tap the pencil icon at the top.

3. Make the necessary changes in the text box with the edit message label.

4. When you're done editing, tap the checkmark button to the side.

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Once you edit texts in Google Messages, you'll see an "Edited" tag below it, which may or may not make users happy. The other person can see that you've made changes and may or may not ask you what you changed. Remember that you can't edit SMS and MMS messages in Google Messages. If you make a mistake, the only way to send the other person the correct information is to resend it.

Google hasn't released a list of countries where the editing feature is available, but it's slowly rolling out. Still, by regularly checking for updates, you can ensure you'll get it as soon as it's available in your region. And soon be able to edit texts in Google Messages.

Why can't I send RCS messages?

If you cannot send RCS messages, here are some possible reasons. You need an internet connection to send an RCS message, unlike SMS, which doesn't need it. Also, making Google Messages your default messaging app is required to use all available RCS features. You don't have to have one of the best Android phones out there to use this feature, but more recent models like the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra are compatible.

You may also have RCS turned off in Google Messages. To check if it's on:

1. Open Google Messages. 

2. Tap your profile picture at the top right.

3. Choose the Messages settings option near the bottom.

4. Select RCS chats at the top and toggle on the feature.

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As soon as it's on, other greyed-out features, such as Send read receipts and Show typing indicator, will be accessible. You'll also see a status indicator showing you that it's connected.

The advantage of using RCS is that your messages can be encrypted, making sending information more secure. Google uses Transport Layer Security (TLS) to encrypt your messages. Using TLS means that anyone who tries to access your messages will only discover it's encrypted and unreadable.

Keep on editing

Editing text is a welcome feature that iOS users have been enjoying with iMessage. Hopefully, the 15-minute time frame will be expanded. Before, users had 30 minutes to edit their messages, but for some reason, Google reduced it to 15. The first option was better for the user who doesn't realize their text needs editing until it's too late.

As you can see, editing messages is easy. If you know how to edit messages on WhatsApp, you know how to edit them on Google Messages. With a simple long-press, you can give your message the details it was missing in the first place.

Judy Sanhz

Judy is a tech geek who loves technology. She has been writing about tech for over a decade, covering various devices and programs. She stays updated on the latest gadgets, upgrades, features, and news. She aims to make complicated tech information easy for everyone to read. When she's not writing about tech, she's watching Indiana Jones for the 100th time.

  • Dja
    Just to be clear, once you send the text, it will be read as originally typed. The correction is just the final version. Is this correct?
  • rvbfan
    Dja said:
    Just to be clear, once you send the text, it will be read as originally typed. The correction is just the final version. Is this correct?
    Yup. Otherwise your message would be delayed by 15 min. So, if you call someone a jerk by text they may see it unless you can get in that 15 minute window before they read it! The only bonus is unless the took a screenshot they can't prove it
  • d0x360
    I've had rcs since day 1 but I don't have the pencil... Sigh lol