View the Edit History of an iPhone Text Message (iOS 16)

They said what now? With iOS 16, you can easily edit sent text messages and view the edited message history.

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Perhaps you received an interesting text from someone, only to find it was quickly edited. The iOS 16 software update brought a bevy of fun and practical features to the Messages app, and a key update is the ability to edit texts and view the edit history of messages you've sent or received from others. Below, we'll show you how to check the edit history of a text in the Messages app. 

Why You’ll Love This Tip

  • Quickly view the edit history of messages that you've sent or received from others. 
  • Check the edit history of a text someone sent you to ensure you have needed information and know what was originally said.

How to View the Edit History of a Text Message on iPhone

Before you begin, make sure you have updated your iPhone to run iOS 16. As long as your software has been updated to iOS 16 or later, you have the ability to edit your text within the first 15 minutes of sending your message. To edit a text and view the edit history, the text will also need to have been sent via iMessage (blue text bubbles) and not SMS (green text bubbles). Once you or the person you're texting edits a text, you can tap to view the edit history of a message. Here's how to view the text message edit history:

  1. Open the Messages app and navigate to a text message you've recently edited. 

    Open the Messages app and find the message you want to edit.
  2. Tap the word Edited beneath the text message.

    The message will be marked as Edited. Tap Edited.
  3. You will see all revisions of the message history, including the current version. The darker blue bubble displays your current message, and the lighter bubbles show the versions before your latest edits. 

    You will see all revisions of the message history, including the original.
  4. Tap Hide Edits to collapse and hide the revision history.

    Tap Hide Edits to collapse the revision history.

Now, if you or your friends make any edits to messages, you’ll be able to quickly check the edit history. For more fun iMessage tips and shortcuts, sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter. Also, if you're enjoying learning about the updates to the Messages app, you might be interested in checking out the new easy way to retrieve deleted text messages

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Rhett Intriago is a passionate writer and Apple enthusiast. When he’s not drafting iPhone Life articles, he prefers to spend his free time gaming with friends, watching anime with his wife, or playing with his three cats.