At Apple’s recent WWDC 2022 event, one of the most notable features announced for iOS 16 was the ability to edit or retrieve messages that have already been sent. Not only can this save you embarrassment when you accidentally call a coworker at work an amorous name, but it can also give you a way out if you’re sending the wrong person the wrong message. Here is a quick guide on how to edit or retrieve sent messages on iPhone.
Upgrade to iOS 16
Since these features are exclusive to iOS 16, you must have them on your iPhone before you can retrieve erroneous messages. With iOS 16 set to be released in the fall (probably September), you may have to wait a while before you can save your blush.
Assuming you’re eager to work with software that’s not quite finished, there’s always the option to sign up for the Apple Beta Software Program, which will allow you to use the iOS 16 beta for quite some time before it’s ready. available to the general public.
Undo a message on iPhone
To recall a message, tap and hold the speech bubble until you see the options menu appear. Select Undo Send and the message will be removed from both the recipient’s feed and yours.
One thing to note, however, is that you can only use this feature up to 15 minutes after the message is sent. Apple says that if you want to recover a message deleted this way, you can do so for up to 30 days from when it wasn’t sent.
How to Edit a Sent Message on iPhone
If you find that you’ve sent a message with an embarrassing misspelled word or that autocorrect has turned into something inappropriate, all is not lost. The new Editing feature in iOS 16 can be a life saver.
Just tap on the sent message and wait for the options menu to appear, just like the Undo Send feature above. The one you’re looking for this time is edit† Tap this and you can interact with the text in the message.
Highlight the unwanted word or words, replace them with what you meant to say and the text will be corrected. For full disclosure there will be a notification under the bubble that says: Delivered – Editedbut the recipient doesn’t get to hear what was in the original text.
One thing to note: As with unsent messages, you can only edit a message within 15 minutes of sending it. Later than that and all you need to do is prepare your apologies or apologies.
To see more of the useful capabilities you can expect in the next iteration of the iPhone operating system, read our guide to the best new iOS 16 features coming to your iPhone this fall, as well as 12 cool little iOS 16 features. that you probably missed.