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You Can Now Unsend and Edit Text Messages With iOS 16

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This story is part of Focal Point iPhone 2022, CNET’s collection of news, tips and advice around Apple’s most popular product.

iOS 16 is now right here and meaning you’ll be able to lastly use one of many extremely anticipated options we have all been wanting ahead to: Unsending and enhancing textual content messages on the iPhone

For those who make a grammatical mistake and even textual content the fallacious particular person, you now have quarter-hour to edit what your message says and two minutes to unsend it and primarily delete the textual content. Need to know extra about how the brand new iOS 16 function works? We’ll clarify extra beneath.

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If you have not up to date to iOS 16 but, this is how to download and install it in your iPhone and iPad. Different new features on iPhone embody new lock screen customization options and Apple Pay Later

Edit messages you’ve got already despatched

For those who use messaging instruments like Slack, you’ve got seemingly edited at the least one — or 100 — of the messages you’ve got despatched. Whether or not you made a typo or your message accommodates incorrect knowledge, the enhancing function is a pleasant technique to make your corrections shortly. With iOS 16, you will additionally have the ability to edit your messages despatched out of your iPhone inside quarter-hour of sending.

To edit a textual content message, you will have to launch Messages and go into any thread that’s utilizing iMessage, which you in all probability know as blue textual content. This function is not going to work with SMS textual content messages (inexperienced texts). Now, press and maintain your finger down on the message you want to edit. This can convey up the Tapback reactions and the fast motion menu. Lastly, faucet Edit

Editing a text message on iOS 16

Even in case you edit a textual content message, the recipient will nonetheless have the ability to see any previous messages.


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The textual content message will then turn into editable. You may delete all the message, repair any errors or add extra textual content to it. When you’re completed, hit the blue checkmark button on the proper aspect to avoid wasting your edits. You may solely edit a single message as much as 5 instances.

An actionable Edited button will seem beneath your edited textual content message. The particular person on the opposite finish can even know that the message has been edited, and in the event that they faucet on Edited, all earlier variations of your textual content message will seem above the edited textual content message, in barely grayed-out chat bubbles. 

Instantly recall any messages you by accident despatched

Unintentional messages occur means too typically. Possibly you tapped the ship button once you meant to pick an emoji. Or maybe you messaged the fallacious particular person totally. In both case, you can recall these messages with iOS 16. Not like with the edit message function, you solely have 2 minutes to unsend a textual content.

To unsend a textual content message, launch the Messages app, press and maintain down on the message (blue textual content solely) you wish to unsend, and faucet Undo Ship.

The textual content message will disappear out of your thread, on each your finish and the recipient’s. A message will seem in your thread, stating that your message has been unsent, however that the recipient could have already seen it.

Unsending a text message on iOS 16

You solely have 2 minutes to unsend a textual content message.


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Sadly, if the opposite particular person is working something older than iOS 16, the message will not really be unsent although your telephone will say that it’s.

The recipient will see a grey textual content standing message that claims, “[Name] unsent a message” in the event that they’ve already considered the textual content. That is just like the Delete Message function that apps like WhatsApp and Sign have already got, which additionally present an analogous message after a textual content is recalled.

For extra, these are the most annoying iOS 16 features and how to fix them. Additionally, in case you’ve already put in iOS 16 in your telephone, do these three things now.

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