New Facebook Beta Finally Lets You Edit Posts & Comments, Use Icons In Status Updates


Facebook rolled out a new beta version of its Android app today, introducing a simple feature that we’ve been waiting for for years (literally!) — the ability to edit posts and comments after you’ve published them. The beta also allows you to use icons in status updates, create and share new photo albums from your phone, and more.

One of the most frustrating things about Facebook’s Android app is that, until now, it didn’t have the ability to edit posts and comments after you’d published them. So if you published a quick reply to a friend’s message on your wall, and then realized it was full of typos, you had to wait until you had access to a computer — or tackle the Facebook website on your smartphone — in order to fix it.

Fortunately, that’s no longer the case — if you’re in the Facebook beta testing program, which we highly recommend. Other features in today’s update include the ability to add icons to your status updates to “express what you’re feeling or doing,” the ability to see upcoming events at a glance on your favorite Pages, and the ability to create and share new photo albums from your phone.

There are also some fixes for previous bugs, including:

  • Various bug & crash fixes
  • “Show on lockscreen” setting is visible again
  • Improvements to photo loading in news feed
  • Improvements to news feed load time

You can get into the Facebook beta testing program by joining the Google group and then reinstalling the app in Google Play. But bear in mind that because it’s a beta, the app may have issues that Facebook hasn’t had a chance to iron out yet. This latest release, for example, has an issue that causes the “Most Recent” setting for News Feed not to stick properly.