Unsending and Editing Text Messages on iPhone

Unsending and Editing Text Messages on iPhone

The Exciting iOS 16 Feature: Unsend and Edit Messages on iPhones


In my opinion, one of the most exciting features that iOS 16 brought to iPhones last year was the ability to unsend and edit text messages. We’ve all been in situations where we’ve accidentally sent a message to the wrong person or made a silly typo, but now, with this feature, we can quickly correct our mistakes and avoid any unnecessary embarrassment.

So, how does this fantastic feature work? Let’s dive in and explore all the details.

Edit Messages You’ve Already Sent

If you’re familiar with messaging tools like Slack, you might already be accustomed to editing messages. It’s a convenient way to fix typos or incorrect information quickly. With iOS 16, you can now edit messages sent from your iPhone within 15 minutes of sending them.

To edit a text message, you’ll need to launch the Messages app and go into a thread that uses iMessage (blue text). Please note that this feature won’t work with SMS text messages (green texts). Once you’re in the thread, press and hold your finger down on the message you want to edit. This action will bring up the Tapback reactions and the quick action menu. Finally, tap on “Edit.”

Now, the text message becomes editable, allowing you to delete it entirely, fix any mistakes, or even add more text. Once you’re done, hit the blue checkmark button on the right side to save your edits. However, keep in mind that you can only edit a single message up to 5 times.

Underneath your edited text message, an actionable “Edited” button will appear. When the recipient taps on it, they will see all the previous versions of your text message above the edited one, presented in slightly grayed-out chat bubbles.

Immediately Recall Accidentally Sent Messages

Accidental messages happen more often than we’d like to admit. Whether it’s tapping the send button instead of selecting an emoji or messaging the wrong person entirely, these situations can be quite embarrassing. Luckily, with iOS 16, you have the ability to recall those messages. However, there is a time constraint of only 2 minutes to unsend a text.

To unsend a text message, simply launch the Messages app, find the message you want to unsend (blue text), and press and hold down on it. Then, tap on “Undo Send.” The message will disappear from your thread, as well as from the recipient’s. A message will appear in your thread, indicating that your message has been unsent. However, please note that the recipient may have already seen it before it was unsent.

It’s worth mentioning that if the recipient is using an iOS version older than iOS 16, the message won’t actually be unsent. Instead, they will see a gray text status message stating, “[Name] unsent a message.” This is similar to the Delete Message feature in apps like WhatsApp and Signal, which also shows a similar message after a text is recalled.

Furthermore, if you edit a text message that has been sent to someone running iOS 15 or earlier, they will receive a text message for every edit you make.

With the upcoming release of iOS 17, it’s natural to be curious about the exciting features to come. Additionally, if you’re eagerly waiting for the new iPhone 15, we have some information about it too.

In conclusion, the ability to unsend and edit messages on iPhones with iOS 16 is an incredibly useful feature that adds convenience and peace of mind to our digital conversations. It gives us the power to correct our mistakes and avoid any miscommunications. So, rest easy knowing that iOS has your back when it comes to fixing those little message slip-ups!

For more helpful tips and tricks, check out our article on the most annoying iPhone features and how to fix them.