Everyone makes mistakes, but mistakes can last forever, especially on the internet. That goes for any text message you send on your iPhone, which is no good if you make a stupid grammatical mistake or send the right message to the wrong person. And unfortunately, there’s no way to edit an incorrect text message or delete an accidental message on iOS – until now.
With the release of iOS 16 this fall, you’ll be able to:what you have sent, as long as you do it quickly.
Do not miss it:
Apple has announced these new texting features for the iPhone on itsin June. Other new features coming to iPhone include: and . And SharePlay is added to Messages.
We explain how these two new SMS features work. And if you want to explore iOS 16 now, before the general public release, here it is:on your iPhone and iPad.
Edit messages you’ve already sent
If you use messaging tools like Slack, you’ve probably edited at least one — or 100 — of the messages you’ve sent. Whether you made a typo or your post contains incorrect information, the edit feature is a nice way to make your corrections quickly. iOS 16 also lets you edit your messages sent from your iPhone within 15 minutes of sending.
Edit a text message, you need to launch Messages and go to a thread that uses iMessage, which you probably know as blue text. This feature does not work with text messages (green texts). Now hold your finger on the message you want to edit. This will display the Tapback responses and quick action menu. Finally tap edit.
The text message will then become editable. You can delete the entire message, fix any errors, or add more text to it. When you’re done, press the blue checkmark on the right to save your edits. You can edit a single message up to 5 times.
A useful Edit button will appear below your edited text message. The person on the other end also knows that the message has been edited and if they click . to tap Editedall previous versions of your text message will appear above the edited text message, in light gray chat bubbles.
Instantly remember all messages you accidentally sent
Accidental messages are far too common. You may have tapped the send button when you wanted to select an emoji. Or maybe you messaged the wrong person altogether. Either way, you can get those messages back with iOS 16. Unlike the message editing feature, you only have 2 minutes to unsend a text message.
Undo a text messagelaunch the Messages app, press and hold the message (blue text only) you want to delete and tap Undo Send.
The text message disappears from your conversation, both on your end and that of the recipient. A message will appear in your conversation stating that your message was not sent, but the recipient may have already seen it.
Unfortunately, if the other person is using anything older than iOS 16, the message won’t actually be sent even though your phone says it will.
The recipient will see a gray status message that reads: “[Name] Didn’t send a message” if they’ve already viewed the text. This is similar to the Delete Message feature that apps like WhatsApp and Signal already have, which also show a similar message after a text is recalled.
While you wait for these new features to be available, check out the new. Also here is .