Sometimes you send a message and afterwards you see that you made a typo or could have said something else. iMessage will come to your rescue soon. With the release of iOS 16, you will be able to retrieve a message. You can also edit a message afterwards; two options that are more than welcome.
Although this is good news, it is not the case that those possibilities are available indefinitely. You can also no longer use them at a later time. Apple also introduces a time limit for editing or retrieving messages sent via iMessage. So you have to be pretty quick.
iMessage gives more options
Fortunately, you don’t need to have really fast fingers. Apple gives you 15 minutes to do what you need to do. Of course you can also just read your messages again before sending them; but we rarely do. After those fifteen minutes, it is no longer possible to retrieve anything.
To “unsend” or edit messages, both iMessage users must be running iOS 16. If you speak to someone who is still on iOS 15 when you try to do this, later this year for example, the options will not work. The messages will always remain there as you sent them before.
How does this work?
When you want to retrieve or edit a message with iOS 16 on your iPhone, this will work as follows. Tap and hold the message you want. A menu will now appear, containing the two new options. Select one of the two options and you are ready to use.
This function only works with the blue speech bubbles and therefore not with the green SMS variants. Deleted messages are further retrievable for up to 30 days and are listed in the Recently Deleted section. Finally, you can mark messages within iMessage as unread so you can’t forget them.
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