iMessage in iOS 16: How to Unsend or Edit

In iOS 16, Apple has familiarized its iMessage chat app feature that permits you to unsend and edits a sent message — with some rules in place, which are explained below.

We’ve all accomplished it: we sent a text message and immediately regretted it.

Whether it was a message to your parent with a spelling mistake that they’d never permit you to live down, a message with a wrong word, or a sudden actualization that you just dispatched your message to the wrong person. It can be disconcerting at the least and fateful at the worst.

While messaging apps like WhatsApp, Signal, and Viber all have some interpretation of “delete for everyone,” until now, there was zero you could do about it on iMessage besides following it up with an “I didn’t mean that!” message.

First, you should be mindful that the process is not made to be confidential. Your recipient will be informed of the change if you unsend or edit a message — if they also have iOS 16. If they have an earlier rendition of iOS, and you edit a message, they will obtain another version of the message — and un-sending will not remove the message from their device. With that in mind…

To delete the message.

  • 3 iOS screens showing a message being edited
  • Long-press on the note within two minutes of dispatching to delete a sent message
  • Long-press on the message
  • Click Undo Send on the drop-down menu.
  • The message will immediately vanish (in a rather pretty “poof”) and will be grayed out on your iMessage screen, with “You unsent a message” under it.

In the first public beta of this segment, you were allowed 15 minutes to unsend your message. However, that has been altered to two minutes, after which the option will disappear from the drop-down menu.

To change the message

  • iMessage with edits showing
  • You can see all of your previous improvements.
  • Long-press on the message.
  • Click Edit on the drop-down menu
  • Modify your statement and tap the check x to the right of the message to dispatch the correction. 

If you want to see all of your edits, tap on the small Edited link below the message. You can then tap on Hide Edits to see the last message.

You have a little more time to edit a message for 15 minutes. If you long-press on your message after 15 minutes, then the Edit option will no longer be on the menu. But there’s one more limitation: you can only edit it up to five times; the Edit option in the drop-down menu disappears.

Scott Forstall announced iMessage at the WWDC 2011 keynote on June 6, 2011. An understanding of the Messages app for iOS with support for iMessage was incorporated in the iOS 5 update on October 12, 2011. On February 16, 2012, Apple revealed that a new Messages app substituting iChat would be part of OS X Mountain Lion. Mountain Lion was unleashed on July 25, 2012.

iMessage is instant messaging assistance developed by Apple Inc. and launched in 2011. iMessage functions solely on Apple platforms: macOS, iOS, iPadOS, and watchOS. The core features of iMessage are available on all supported platforms, including sending text messages, images, videos, and documents.

In addition, it is getting delivery and read statuses & receipts) and end-to-end encryption only the sender and recipient – including Apple – can read the messages. The service also permits sending location data and stickers. In addition, on iOS and iPadOS, third-party developers can extend iMessage capabilities with custom extensions, an example being the quick sharing of recently played songs.