How to See the Date & Time on iPhone Text Messages (iOS 15 Update)

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Timestamps used to appear at the top of each text message on your iPhone. Now, iPhone message timestamps for individual texts seem to have disappeared, but they’re only hidden. You don’t always need to know what time a text was received, but if you wonder how to see the date and time someone texted you, we have the answer. And it's surprisingly easy. For those occasions when you do need to know when a text was sent or received, here’s how to uncover the iPhone text message timestamp next to each message.

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How Can I Tell What Date & Time a Text Was Sent on the iPhone?

We've gone over how to find text messages using the Search bar, and how to save photos from the Messages app. Now, we'll learn how to see an iMessage timestamp for every message in a text thread:

  1. Open the Messages app.
  2. Tap to open the text thread you're curious about.

    messages appopen a text thread
  3. You'll see the day each thread started at the top of the messages.
  4. To see the timestamp, place a finger on any text message, then drag it to the left side of the screen.
  5. Now you'll see the time each text in the thread was received.
  6. When you let go, the iPhone message timestamp will retreat into its hiding spot once again. 

    timestamp  timestamp for every text

That’s all there is to it! How often do you find yourself checking timestamps? Let us know and share other tips you’d like to see in the comments below.

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Sarah Kingsbury is the Senior Web Editor and SEO Content Manager at iPhone Life. She manages the web editorial team and oversees all web and newsletter content. A long-time Apple enthusiast, Sarah can't live without her iPhone, Macbook Air, HomePod, Apple TV, or Apple Watch. As the original contributor to the iPhone Life Tip of the Day Newsletter, she wrote hundreds of iPhone how-tos to help users master their iPhones. It's safe to say that she has written or edited every tip published on! In her 20 years of editing and writing, Sarah has done everything from working as the associate editor of the Iowa Source magazine to developing recipes and reviewing cookbooks for a vegetarian cooking website. But teaching people how to use their Apple devices is her favorite job so far.