Hello World! In this article, I’ll explain how to edit iMessage texts on your iPhones. This isn’t something that could be done even a month ago but with the newest update for iOS. It’s something that you can now do easily. It’s a good thing that after all these years, Apple has decided to tackle what you might call the ‘most asked for’ iOS update ever!
A majority of iOS users prefer to use the iMessage feature compared to third-party applications like WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal, and others, because iMessage has a very simple interface to use and has fun games, and is also very secure.
I mean, you wouldn’t need to use all these other apps at all. But imagine you sent an embarrassing text by mistake to the wrong person, and there’s nothing you can do about it. You can’t delete it from the other end or even have an option to rephrase or change what you initially wanted to type.
So, it was not surprising that out of all the features that Apple unveiled at the WWDC 2022, this was the most anticipated feature of the new update.
Now, the next question you’ll need to be answered is how exactly you are going to use this feature in iOS 16. Well, as of now, the iOS 16 is available to some developers but hasn’t been rolled out officially, and I wouldn’t even recommend you get this through other methods on your Smartphone right now because it will be filled with a lot of bugs. But, if you just want to test the feature, you can check out how to download it here – https://www.laptopmag.com/news/ios-16-public-beta-is-out-how-to-download-it.
Although iOS 16 has not yet been released, I have provided step-by-step instructions regarding how an iPhone user can edit iMessages. Check out the instructions below to learn how you can do this.
How To Edit iMessage Texts
- After successfully running iOS 16 on your iPhone, open the Messages app.
- Find the message or conversation you would like to edit.
- Tap and Hold that particular text.
- A drop-down menu will now appear below the selected text, and you’ll see the Edit option.
- Tap on “Edit.”
- You can now alter the parts of the message you wish to, then click on “Send.” once you’re done.
Note: The person on the other end of the conversation will be able to see that the text has been edited, but they won’t be able to view the previous version of the message before you edited it.
Another limitation of this feature is that you can only edit messages within 15 minutes after sending it. I don’t know why Apple intended for it to be like this, but I guess it’s better than not getting the feature at all for now at least. And you also still get to edit the message up to five times before the 15-minute window elapses.
Another new update in iOS 16 is the option to flag a chat as unread (finally!). This is useful if you have read an iMessage text and wish to answer but are unable to do so right away. Marking it as unread will serve as a reminder to return to it later.
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