How to Show Date & Time on iPhone Text Messages (iOS 16)

Check an iPhone message timestamp to see when a text was sent or received.

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iPhone iMessage timestamps for individual texts are hidden, so you'll need to know how to see iPhone message times to know when a message was received or sent. We'll walk you through how to see the date and time someone texted you on iPhone with one simple gesture.

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Why You'll Love This Tip

  • See iPhone text timestamps to know when any message was sent or received. 
  • Access text message timestamps with one quick gesture. 

How to See Timestamp on iPhone Text Messages

Many users would prefer to always see timestamps on text messages, but unfortunately the Apple Messages app doesn't allow that. Instead, you have to know how to see an iMessage timestamp for every message in a text thread using a special swipe gesture. We'll show you how to see the message date and time in the steps below. To learn more tips and shortcuts for iPhone, sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter. 

  1. Open the Messages app.

  2. Tap on the message thread you're curious about.

  3. Texts from different days will be separated by a date stamp, which also includes the timestamp for the first message of each day.

  4. To see text message timestamps, tap and drag the message screen to the left.

  5. Now you'll see the time each text in the thread was received.

  6. When you let go, the iPhone message timestamps will be hidden again.

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Sarah Kingsbury

Sarah Kingsbury is the Editorial Directer at iPhone Life. She manages the web editorial team and oversees all web and newsletter content. A long-time iPhone and Mac enthusiast, Sarah loves teaching people how to use their Apple devices.