The good news is that nearly all IM services now let you delete and resend messages if you make a typo. On many services, users have the option to retract or modify messages sent within the allotted time frame.
Unfortunately, once a message was delivered over iMessage, it could neither be edited nor deleted. When Apple released iOS 16 updates recently, things really started to heat up.
What Are the Steps for Deleting and Editing iMessages on Both Ends?
It used to be impossible to take back an errant iMessage sent through iMessage.
Unless the recipient also deletes the message from their device, the sender’s deletion will only affect their end of the conversation.
Apple added the ability to erase and amend messages in iMessage after seeing how other instant messaging systems like WhatsApp, Telegram, and others helped its users.
As a result, you may go back and correct any mistakes you made before sending the message.
How Do I Undo a Previously Sent Message?
Here’s how to go back and alter a previously sent iMessage:
Step 1: Launch the iMessages app on your iPhone or iPad.
Step 2: Locate the chat you wish to edit and open it to the message you wish to modify.
Step 3: If you tap and hold the notification, a selection panel will appear.
Step 4: Choose “Edit” from the drop-down list.
Step 5: Fix the email before sending.
Step 6: In order to permanently store your modifications, click the checkbox.
What Are the Steps to Deleting an iMessage?
Those familiar with iMessage will recall that previously transmitted texts could not be retrieved.
In retrospect, it’s funny that I immediately activated “Flight mode” on my iPhone before the message was sent after realising that I had mistakenly forwarded it to the wrong person.
Without internet access, my iPhone was unable to relay the message, and I promptly erased it.
This method was dangerous since you had to act quickly and stop the message from getting through in nanoseconds, which was next to impossible.
Apple’s “Undo Send” feature was included in the iOS 16 releases in response to requests from the company’s more than 1 billion users.
Discover the inner workings of it as we do so:
Step 1: It’s time to fire up iMessage on your Apple gadget.
Step 2: The appropriate message in the chat should be opened.
Step 3: To permanently erase a conversational message, simply long-press it.
Step 4: Select “Undo Send” from the menu to undo the last send.
Step 5: Your message will vanish with a brief explosion animation and a note reading, “You unsent a message.”
No one (including yourself) will be able to see the message after it has been deleted, and only a discreet line of text will remain in the thread to serve as a reminder.
With the latest iOS 16 updates, you can erase or amend an iMessage after sending it in case you accidentally sent it to the wrong person or it contains mistakes.
You have only 15 minutes to make changes to your message and 2 minutes to delete it. Unfortunately, if the recipient of your message is using iOS 16, they will be able to see your edits as you make them.
Unfortunately, if the recipient is using an earlier version of iOS, “Undo Send” won’t be of any use. The same holds true for messages: if the recipient sees a preview of your message in the lock screen, it will defeat the purpose of erasing it.