iOS 16 to Let You Unsend, Edit & Mark Messages Unread on iPhone

Apple is bringing long-awaited upgrades to the Messages app with this year's OS update.

Apple is bringing much-needed upgrades to the Messages app in iOS 16. Many know the frustration of sending a message the second after our iPhone wrongly autocorrected a word, of sending a message to the wrong number, or wishing badly you could unsend that text. With iOS 16, we have the option to go back an undo or redo some of our choices.

Many of our top wishlist items for the new OS have been centered around the Messages app. Apple has finally heard our pleas and is bringing us the ability to edit and unsend messages, and mark opened messages as unread so we don't forget about it when we mean to come back to it later. Another notable addition to the Messages app is SharePlay support, allowing you to watch vides and listen to music with friends within a text thread. 

Finally, you can now use dictation features without a Wi-Fi or data connection. This is good news for those who prefer or need to use the dictation feature instead of manually typing out your messages, notes, or ideas, as you won't have to be tethered to an internet connection or use your data.

This is a great new bundle of Messages updates, though some may argue it's overdue!

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Amy Spitzfaden Both is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, an award-winning novelist, and an iPhone enthusiast. Over the past decade, her work in the publishing industry has included live coverage of industry events including the Yale Publishing Course and Magazine Innovation’s ACT 9 Experience, providing editing services for several start-up publishing houses, and acting as newsstand consultant for magazines such as The Old Farmer’s Almanac and The New York Review of Books. She graduated from M.I.U. with a Bachelor’s in Literature and Writing, and has gone on to publish two novels and two short stories. Her debut novel Untold won the 2014 Chelson Award for Fiction.
Writing everything from book reviews to skincare tips, Amy discovered a passion for bringing exciting and useful information to even the most casual researcher. The mix of usability and endless possibilities is what drew her to Apple products originally, and the more she learns, the more she loves.
Amy lives in New Hampshire with her husband and daughter. When she’s not writing or glued to her iPhone, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and creating her own tea blends.