How to undo sending iMessages in iOS 16

At the same time, Apple’s overlords have answered some of our prayers and intimidated the rest of us with this new iOS 16 feature: the ability to undo a sent iMessage.

Undoing a text message is great when you shamefully send a “U up?” sms kl. 2 and undo immediately, or perhaps for a typing error in a text message to your boss. For the more mischievous, it is also helpful to deny that you have ever said anything when it is convenient for you.

Whatever your intentions with the feature (we are not here to judge), this is how you actually do it.

However, there is only one loophole: Undoing a sent message will only work fully if both iPhones are running iOS 16. If your recipient is still on an older version of iOS, the annoying message will not be deleted from their phone, even if it will seem away on your. And if your recipient is using iMessage on an Apple computer or iPad, it’s likely to remain visible on that device too, unless they’re running macOS Ventura or iPadOS 16. Undo carefully!

1. Send a message that you regret.

Screenshot of a regrettable message sent to an ex

You may regret sending this.
Credit: Apple

Whether it’s a typo or something much worse, we’ve all been there.

2. Press and hold the shameful text.

Screenshot of undo the send function after pressing and holding the message

Press and hold to make your regrets go away.
Credit: Apple

Touch and hold the text bubble you’d rather never see again. A pop-up menu should appear.

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How to edit an iMessage in iOS 16

Press “Undo Send” and watch your undo disappear.

Screenshot of message screen showing that the message has been deleted

CAUTION: Undo message sending will not work if the recipient’s software has not been updated.
Credit: Apple

The text bubble will disappear and a message will appear instead of reminding you that you did not send a message. It will also remind you that the recipient may still be able to see it.

4. Breathe lightly. Or keep panicking if you do not know which version of iOS they are running.

We can only help you so much here!

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How to mark an iMessage as unread in iOS 16

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