How to Unsend and Edit iMessage Chats

Just after Apple launched the iPhone 14 series, they went ahead to roll out the iOS 16 version, allowing users to edit and unsend iMessage chats.

Interested persons using iPhones that have been manufactured from 2017 to date must update their OS to the latest version 16 to enjoy this feature.

At the time of publication, the feature allows you to edit or unsend an iMessage sent within 2 mins meanwhile you have 15 minutes to edit an iMessage.

Unsending iMessages can be typically done by holding on to a text and selecting Edit or unsend from the options.

However, we don’t know yet if the other user will be notified of a deleted message as Snapchat and WhatsApp do but it would notify them of an edited one.

Nevertheless, let me give you a step-by-step guide on how to unsend iMessage chats.

How to Unsend iMessages

I’ll like to bring to your remembrance that iPhone users running on an OS lower than ios 16 will not be able to access this feature.

It's mandatory that navigate to your iPhone setting, check for updates then download and install it.

This guide will cover both unsending and editing an iMessage chat since they are in the same space.

  1. Open your iMessage chat and open a chat
  2. Send a message
  3. Tap and hold on the message to display edit options
  4. Now, select “Undo Send” or “Edit” from the available options


NOTE: the message might still be available to the recipient if they aren’t running on the latest iOS version (since it doesn’t support the feature yet), so both of you have to update your OS.

How to Check for OS Update on iPhone

Here’s for those who don’t know how to update their device OS to the latest version 16.

Open the settings app on your iPhone

Navigate to General

Finally, click on software update

You can now see the OS that currently running on your device, check for updates, and also install them if available.


Unsending iMessage chats is a great upgrade to iPhone although it has existed on other platforms.

On the contrary, you can’t decipher who hasn’t updated their OS version thereby making deleted chats still available to them.

Nevertheless, follow the outlined steps in this article to delete recently sent iMessages.

Other features that come with the latest iPhone 14 release includes, Upgraded camera specifications include a new TrueDepth camera on the front (with autofocus), an A15 Bionic chip, a 12MP main camera with a faster aperture, a 49-percent improvement in low-light capture conditions, and an expansion of Deep Fusion rendering with the new Photonic Engine feature.

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