This is how Twitter’s long-awaited edit button will look like on Android [Updated]

The Twitter community has been asking for the ability to edit typos and other tweets for years, and finally the social network confirmed that an edit button was on its way. Now we have been able to uncover an early appearance.

9to5Google contributor Dylan Roussel was able to activate the Twitter edit button on the web prior to the formal launch of the feature, giving us a first look at what the functionality will look like. As a reminder, the social network on April 5th said that months of testing were ahead before the feature became widely available to Twitter Blue subscribers. At that time, the editing ability could change a lot from what is seen below.

we start testing inside @TwitterBlue Laboratories in the coming months to learn what works, what does not, and what is possible.


In its current state, the edit button on Twitter looks exactly as you would expect. Existing tweets get an “Edit tweet” button in their overflow menu, and a press of that button pulls up an editor for the content of the tweets. You can correct typos or add to the tweet and press “refresh” to make the changes apply.

Of course, this does not actually work just yet, with an error message when you press the update button. It’s also unclear what Twitter will show once a tweet has been edited. Many have inquired and assumed that there will be some sort of story for tweets. Based on how things look right now, there are also no hours to edit tweets after they were originally sent.

Update 23/4: In the latest updates to Twitter for Android, Dylan Roussel was once again able to uncover what the editing feature will look like in the app. Specifically, he was able to see what a tweet could look like after it has been edited, with a smaller banner saying there is “a new version of this tweet.” An edit icon also appears at the top of the tweet to indicate that it has been modified.

Jane Wong also found recently that the edit button would not technically modify an existing tweet, but replace that tweet with the edited content. In essence, the edit button would serve as a more hassle-free version of the delete-and-replace action that most Twitter users use today. An edit history also appears to be under development.

However, there is still plenty of time for Twitter to refine this feature, as it was previously confirmed that the editing feature would first be available in a beta form, and only for Blue users initially.

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