iOS 16 will allow you to send back, edit texts on your iPhone. Here’s how it works

Sending hundreds of text messages a day is not excluded, especially if you participate in a large group chat. And with so many messages scrolling back and forth, expect to make a mistake or two.

Usually, however, this is not a problem. The recipient can see simple grammatical errors, and if you send a message to the wrong person, you can usually send a simple “sorry” for them, and you’re fine. Until it’s not.

Sometimes, a mistake in a text message can get you in trouble or embarrass you, so you should be able to recall any message and edit what you sent – what you’ll finally be able to do in iOS 16.

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Apple announced these new SMS features for iPhone in its WWDC event in June. Other new features coming to the iPhone include new options for customizing the lock screen and Apple pay later. And SharePlay is added to Messages.

We explain how these two new SMS features work. And if you want to get to know iOS 16 right now before it’s going public, here’s how to download and install the second beta of iOS 16 on iPhone and iPad.

Edit the messages you have already sent

If you use messaging tools like Slack, you’ve probably edited at least one or 100 messages you sent. Whether you made a typo or the message contains incorrect data, the edit feature is a good way to make corrections quickly. In iOS 16, you will also be able to edit your iPhone messages within 15 minutes of being sent.

To edit the text message, you need to start Messages and go to any thread that uses iMessage which you probably know as blue text. This feature does not work with SMS text messages (green texts). Now press and hold your finger on the message you want to edit. This will bring up the Tapback response and quick actions menu. Finally, tap Edit.

Editing a text message on iOS 16

Even if you edit a text message, the recipient will still be able to see all old messages.

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The text message will then be available for editing. You can delete the entire message, correct mistakes, or add more text to it. When you are done, click the blue check button on the right to save your changes. You can only edit one message up to 5 times.

The handy Edited button will appear below the edited text message. The person on the other side will also know that the message has been edited, and if they touch it Editedall previous versions of your text message will appear above the edited text message in slightly dimmed chat bubbles.

Instantly recall messages you accidentally sent

Random messages happen too often. Maybe you clicked the send button when you wanted to select an emoticon. Or maybe you completely texted the wrong person. In both cases, you will be able to recall these messages in iOS 16. Unlike the message editing feature, you only have 2 minutes to undo the messages.

To undo sending a text messagelaunch the Messages app, press and hold the message (blue text only) you want to undo, and then tap Undo Send.

The text message will disappear from your thread, both on your side and on the recipient’s side. A message will appear in your thread saying the message wasn’t sent, but the recipient may have seen it already.

Undo sending a text message on iOS 16

You only have 2 minutes to send the text back.

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Unfortunately, if the other person is using a system earlier than iOS 16, the message won’t be sent even though the phone says yes.

The recipient will see a gray status message that says: “[Name] didn’t send the message ”if they were already reading the text. This is similar to the Delete Message feature that apps like WhatsApp and Signal already have, which also displays a similar message when text is recalled.

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