How Do You Edit Or Unsend Messages on iPhone?

December 30, 2023
David Sunnyside

Editing or unsending messages is a useful feature that can save you from embarrassment and stress. It is available in most recent versions of iOS and other Apple devices. However, some users encounter the problem of this feature not working properly. This article will discuss the reasons why it may not work and the ways to fix the issue.

How Do You Edit or Unsend Messages on iPhone?

In iOS 16 Apple introduced a new feature that allows you to undo a sent message within 2 minutes. To use this feature, open the Messages app and select a conversation that contains the message you wish to recall. Then, long press the message and select Undo Send to retract it from your device. The recipient will receive a notification that you unsent the message. The message will also be marked as edited in the conversation transcript.

To use this feature you must be using a public release version of iOS 16 and both or all devices involved in the iMessage conversation must be running iOS 16. This option does not work for regular text (carrier) messages or for iCloud messages. If you’re using this feature and find that your conversations partners are able to see the original message, ask them to update their device to iOS 16 or later.

If you are still experiencing this issue, try restarting your phone or using another network. If this doesn’t help, contact Apple and ask them to fix the issue. You can also try fixing the issues with a system recovery tool like UltFone iOS System Repair.

David Sunnyside
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