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Tech Tip: What Really Happens When You Unsend a Text Message on Your iPhone?

If you have an iPhone 8 or later, you’ve probably already updated to iOS 16. The latest operating system has many new security features that you should use.

A super safe mode has been designed for politicians, activists and journalists. I think there’s a great case to suggest this iPhone option for the elderly and vulnerable in your life. Tap or click here for a closer look at Lock Mode.

Here’s another buried setting that’s just been updated: your iPhone’s ability to detect sounds and alert you. Tap or click to go to steps to set up custom sounds, like appliances in your home.

One of the standout features of iOS 16 is the ability to edit and unsend text messages. It’s not as clear as it seems. Here is the truth.

iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are displayed at the Apple Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan, New York, United States, September 16, 2022.
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Myth: When you unsend an SMS, the recipient will never know.

Reality: Your recipient receives a notification.

Yes, you can resume a message you’ve sent, but there’s more to it. The undo feature only works with iMessage (iPhone to iPhone), and you and recipient must be running iOS 16.

If you unsend a message to someone running an older version of iOS, they’ll still see it and you’ll get a notification reminding you.


Here are some additional things to keep in mind when unsending a message:

  • You can only resume a message within two minutes of sending it.
  • The recipient can read your message before you send it.
  • If you cancel sending a message, it will disappear from the recipient’s screen, but they will be notified that you canceled it.

Now that you know how it works, here’s how to unsend a message:

  • During an iMessage conversation, long press the message you want to cancel the send.
  • Faucet Cancel send.

iOS 16 adds more security features to protect your privacy and information. Tap or click here for iPhone (and Android) security features worth turning on.

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CyberGuy Kurt Knutsson compares iPhone 4 to iPhone 13 on “Fox and Friends” on September 7, 2022.

Myth: When you edit text, the recipient will never know.

The reality: you guessed it: they will get a notification.

Editing a text obeys the same rules. You can, but it only works with iMessage, and both iPhones must be running iOS 16.

If you edit a message you sent to someone running an older version of iOS, all of your edited messages will appear on their screen, and they will receive notifications of your changes.

Here are some things to be aware of when editing a message:

  • You have 15 minutes to edit a text.
  • You can edit a message up to five times.
  • The recipient can read your message before you edit it.
  • The recipient can tap your edited message and see their editing history.

Here’s how it’s done:

  • During an iMessage conversation, long press the message you want to modify.
  • Faucet Edit and make your changes.
  • Press the blue tick once you have finished.

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A guest holds the new iPhone 14 during an Apple event at its headquarters in Cupertino, California, United States, September 7, 2022.

A guest holds the new iPhone 14 during an Apple event at its headquarters in Cupertino, California, United States, September 7, 2022.
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Myth: When you delete text, it’s gone.

The reality: Those deleted messages stick around for a bit.

When you delete a text thread, it’s stored in a folder in your iPhone’s Recently Deleted Messages file for 30 days. You can recover it or permanently delete it right away. It also means anyone can see your deleted messages if they have your password.

Here’s the good news: the text messages you cancel not appear in the recently deleted messages file.


Here’s how to delete or recover recently deleted messages:

  • Open the Messaging app and press Edit on the top corner left.
  • Faucet Show recently deleted files to view messages marked for deletion.
  • You can delete a message immediately by selecting it and pressing Wipe off > Delete Message.
  • Retrieve a message by selecting it and pressing Retrieve > Retrieve message.
  • You can type Delete all Where Recover All at the bottom of the screen to apply these actions to all your deleted messages.

Mac tip: Apple’s Safari browser blocks cross-site tracking, so you can enjoy the sites you use most without worrying about being tracked. But there is another tool to increase privacy. Tap or click here to erase your digital tracks.

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