How to unsend imessage on iPhone that has been delivered?

Are you busy but still want to stay in touch with them? Texting them is your savior. But, this hurried text while doing something or driving can be disastrous sometimes. It means one might send the message to some other person or, by mistake, send something unwanted to their parents. You cannot deny that it never happened to you too. 

Hence, the first question that comes to your mind is how to delete iMessages on iPhone for everyone, unlike Whatsapp. 

Until now, iPhone users had no option other than writing, “I’m sorry, I did not mean it,” after sending the wrong text. But now, it has also been made possible for iPhone users to delete text messages for everyone.

Until iOS 16 shows up, it will carry some critical updates and changes that will prove to be your savior and save you from the undesired humiliation. So, if you also want to know how it is possible, keep this article until the end.

How to unsend or edit iMessage messages on iOS 16?

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First, there is a simple way to undo a sent iMessage before the text message gets delivered to the recipient. When one sends an iMessage, it takes a few seconds before the recipient receives the text message, depending upon your mobile or WiFi connection. Photos and videos take a longer time. During this short time, one can undo the message from being sent. 

And even if you mistakenly send the message, now, in iOS 16, one can delete the sent message for everyone. Follow these simple steps to delete or edit the text messages that you have already sent from your iPhone:

Step 1: To delete any message, launch the messages app and open the chat thread with the unwanted message you want to delete for everyone.

Step 2: Then tap and hold the message until a pop=up appears on the screen.

Step 3: Now, find and select the ‘undo Send’ option to delete the message from both sides.

Step 4: The message will disappear from the screen, and an alternate message, ‘You unsent a message, will appear on the screen. 

You do not even have to confirm your action. As soon as you unsend the iMessages on the iPhone, you will see a little animation where they burst and disappear. 

That is it. This is all you have to do to delete an iMessage that you have mistakenly sent. Another thing that must be noted s that you have only 2 minutes to correct your mistake. After that, the ‘Undo’ option will not appear in the pop-up on the screen, and you won’t be able to delete the message.

Also, if you do not want to cancel the iMessage message from both sides altogether and want to make a few edits, then there is an option for that as well. Just follow these 3-4 simple steps to edit your iMessages:

Step 1: The first and foremost thing that one has to do is launch the Messages app with a chat with the message you want to edit.

Step 2: Tap and hold the desired message that you need to edit until a pop-up menu appears on the screen.

Step 3: Now, tap on the ‘Edit’ button from the menu and make the changes you wanted earlier.

Step 4: Highlight the undesired words and then replace them with the correct words, and the text will be corrected.

Step 5: Once done, tap on the ‘Blue Tick’ on the right-hand side of the message to confirm the desired changes. 

That is it. This is all you have to do to edit any message. However, you must note that you can edit your messages only 15 minutes after sending the text message. Fater that it cannot be edited nor can be deleted. 

How to unsend iMessage Photo from iPhone?

To unsend the iMessage Photos from your iPhone, you must follow the same steps stated above. However, there is a limitation for both the iMessage messages and the Photos, i.e., the recipient must be using an iPhone with iOS 16. According to the report, the new features are unavailable for non-users of iOS-16 users. However, suppose someone sends an edited message from an iPhone running iOS 16 Beta 2 to any iOS 15 or older device. In that case, the latter will receive the edited text as a second message that will be preceded by the words ‘ Edited For,’ leading to a messy chat thread.

If unending iMessage does not work, then what is the solution?

Users not using iOS 16 might want to know the solution for unsending text messages. Even if you cannot unsend a sent message, there is a trick to unsend the message before getting delivered. To do this, you have to delay the sending process. And to do this, follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Swipe down to the right corner of your iPhone.

Step 2: Select the Airplane mode available in the control center.

Step 3: Cut off all the signals as soon as possible by enabling the Airplane mode. Remember you have to be very quick in doing this step; else, you won’t be able to unsend the iMessage.

Step 4: You will get a red exclamation mark beside the iMessage with a “Not Delivered” tag.

Step 5: Now, tap and hold the message until a pop-up appears. 

Step 6: Select more and tap on the Trash can icon to delete the message.

It would help if you remembered that you cannot unsend messages like this every time. So, non-iOS 16 users should be a little more careful while texting. 


Can I unsend Messages on iMessage?

Before the launch of iOS 16, it was not possible for iPhone users to unsend or delete the iMessages for everyone. However, with this launch and introduction of these new features of ‘Edit’ and ‘undo,’ one can quickly delete the iMessage messages for everyone.

How do you Unsend a text message on your iPhone?

To unsend a text message on your iPhone, you must select the desired text you want to delete. Then tap and hold the screen until a pop-up appears on the screen. After that, you must tap the ‘undo’ option to unsend the iMessage message or photos from both sides.

Can you delete or unsend messages on iMessage?

Yes, one can now unsend messages on iMessages very quickly. One can delete the iMessage for all using the’ Undo’ option. However, users having an iPhone 8 or below cannot unsend or delete the iMessage messages from their iPhones.

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