How to Edit or Delete Sent Texts on iPhone iMessage

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In this tutorial, you will learn how to edit or delete sent texts on iPhone iMessage app. The new iOS 16 released a few days ago which comes packed with a lot of new exciting features. One of those amazing features is the ability to unsend a message or edit a sent text. You can now edit any text you have sent to someone withing a short timeframe. The receiver on the other end however will know that you have made edits.

This text editing feature is new and useful if you made a typo in the text. You’ll now have 15 minutes to correct your mistake. In addition, there is one more restriction, that you can only edit a message up to five times. The ability to edit and unsend messages will only work on devices which are eligible for iOS 16 and they are: iPhone 14, iPhone 12, iPhone 13, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max,   iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone SE Gen 2, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 11, iPhone X, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 8, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone SE Gen 3.

Both the sender and receiver must have iOS 16 in order for these new features to work. These options will not work on the older version of iPhone.

How to Edit or Delete Sent Texts on iPhone iMessage?

The very first thing you have to make sure is that your iPhone is updated to the latest iOS. If not, then go to Settings > General > Software Updates. Here you check and see if your device has registered an update. Update your phone and then open the iMessage app to send a text.

iOS 16 Update on Iphone XS

Now, long tap on a sent text and then in the popup options, you will now see two new options: edit and unsend. To edit a message, simply use the Edit option. Edit your text and then you are done.

iPhone unsend edit sent texts

When you edit a text, the other person will know it. iMessage will attach the edit history. See the following screenshot, showing an edited message on receiver’s end.

iOS 16 Edit Sent Text

In the same way, from the popup, you can use the unsend option. It will delete the message from both the devices. However, the option to unsend a message will not appear if the recipient has seen the message.

This is how you can now unsend or edit messages on iPhone. It works pretty much in the same way it works on other IM apps, such as Telegram. Many people have tried this feature in beta, but if you were skeptical in using beta version of iOS 16 then you can now safely install iOS stable and experience these amazing features right now.

Final thoughts:

If you were waiting for the new edit and delete sent text options to arrive for iPhone, then the wait is over now. Update your device to the latest iOS 16 now and try these incredible new features. And not just these features of iMessage, but there are new features in other apps as well such as tab grouping in Safari, objects extraction in gallery, and lock screen customization, etc.

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