How to Unsend iMessage After You’ve Sent It (iOS 16)

Stop someone from reading a text you regret or sent accidentally with this new iOS 16 feature that lets you Undo Send for up to 15 minutes.

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We have all been in a situation where we sent a text and instantly regretted it or made an embarrassing typo that our friends still laugh about. With iOS 16, this uncomfortable situation can become a thing of the past! As long as you realize your mistake within two minutes of sending a text, I'll teach you how to take it back.

Related: How to Hide Text Messages on iPhone

Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Learn how to take back a text you wish you hadn’t sent.
  • Avoid conflict, confusion, or embarrassment by unsending iMessages.

How to Undo Send on a Message You Already Sent

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Before you can unsend an iMessage, make sure you have updated your iPhone to iOS 16. Your texting partner will also need to have an iPhone running iOS 16 for these steps to work. If you wish to unsend a text message that you sent as an iMessages less than two minutes ago:

  1. Open Messages.

    Open Messages.
  2. Locate the conversation thread.

    Locate the conversation thread.
  3. Tap and hold the text message you wish to delete.

    Tap and hold the text message you wish to delete.
  4. Tap Undo Send.

    Tap Undo Send.

Please keep in mind that this only works if the recipient has an iPhone running iOS 16 or later. It won’t work with Android phones or iPhones running an older software version. The same software update lets you unsend emails from the Mail app as well.

Voila! Your text message has been unsent! But you may be wondering if there is any way for the recipient to still read it. Unfortunately, there is. This article answers all your burning questions, such as, "Can they still see the unsent message?

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Olena Kagui

Olena Kagui is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life who lives in Hawaii. With a BA in International Relations from Anglo American University, Olena traveled the world. She has lived in Ukraine, the Czech Republic, China, and the USA. Olena won an excellence award for a controversial article, got a grant to blog from a war-zone, and published a short fictional story. She hopes to publish a full-length novel and continue writing up a storm on her blog The Travel Bug Bite! When she’s not typing or flying, she is loving on animals, crafting bizarre creations, and devouring all-you-can-eat sushi.