In iOS 16, currently in beta, Apple has added some major updates to the Messages app, introducing some features that rival third-party messaging platforms have had for years. One of these changes is the ability to edit iMessages in ‌iOS 16‌. Keep reading to learn how it works.

iOS 16 Messages Guide Feature
Almost everyone with a smartphone can relate to the situation where you send a text message only to immediately realize that the meaning of the message is unintended because of an innocent typo. The problem with Apple's iMessage service is that in previous versions of iOS, once the message was sent, there was nothing you could do about it.

That's not the case in ‌iOS 16‌. For the first time, Apple lets you edit a message up to a maximum of 15 minutes after it was sent.

But before you use the edit function outlined below, there are some caveats to the feature that you should be aware of. First, it only works with iMessages, not SMS messages, so both people need to have an iPhone for it to work effectively.

Second, using the message editing feature requires participants to be using Apple's latest software updates, including ‌‌iOS 16‌‌, ‌iPadOS 16‌, ‌macOS Ventura‌, and watchOS 9. People on an earlier version of iOS or those on Android will see text that says "Edited to [text]" when receiving an edited iMessage.

Third, and perhaps most importantly for some, when you edit a message, the edit history is sent to the recipient along with the edit, so the original content is visible. Recipients of an edited message can tap on the small blue "Edited" label to see the edit history, and hide it again by tapping on Hide Edits.

iMessage
With all of that in mind, here's how you edit a sent iMessage on an ‌iPhone‌ or iPad running ‌iOS 16‌ or ‌iPadOS 16‌.

  1. In the Messages app, open the chat thread containing the sent message that you want to edit.
  2. Long press the sent message that you want to fix. (If you don't see the option, the message was sent over 15 minutes ago and you cannot edit it.)
  3. Tap Edit from the pop-over menu.
  4. Make your desired changes, then tap the blue tick on the right to confirm. If you decide you don't want to edit the message, tap the grey X on the left.

imessage

That's all there is to it. Did you know that you can also unsend iMessages in ‌iOS 16‌? Check out our dedicated how-to to learn how.

Related Stories

iOS 16 Messages Guide Feature

iOS 16: How to Unsend a Sent iMessage

Thursday August 4, 2022 2:12 pm PDT by
In iOS 16, currently in beta, Apple has added some major updates to the Messages app, introducing some features that rival third-party messaging platforms have had for years. One of these changes is the ability to unsend sent iMessages in iOS 16. Keep reading to learn how it works. Have you ever sent a text message only to immediately wish that you hadn't? In previous versions of iOS, if you ...
iOS 16 Messages Guide Feature

iOS 16: How to Mark a Message as Unread

Thursday August 4, 2022 2:15 pm PDT by
In iOS 16, currently in beta, Apple has brought some welcome feature additions to its stock Messages app. One of these features is the ability to mark a message as unread. Keep reading to learn how it works. Email programs have long given users the ability to mark messages as unread. The feature is considered useful because it means if you get a message and don't have time to read it or...
iOS 16 Messages Guide Feature

iOS 16: How to Report Junk SMS and MMS Messages

Thursday August 4, 2022 2:19 pm PDT by
In iOS 16, currently in beta, Apple has brought some welcome updates to its stock Messages app. One of these is the ability to report SMS/MMS messages as junk. Keep reading to learn how it works. In iOS 16, Apple has added the ability to report SMS/MMS messages as junk in the Messages app. This represents an expansion of the built-in "Report Junk" feature in Messages that previously only let ...
iOS 16 Messages Guide Feature

iOS 16: How to Recover Deleted Messages

Thursday August 4, 2022 2:17 pm PDT by
In iOS 16, currently in beta, Apple has brought some welcome updates to its stock Messages app. One of these is the ability to recover messages you have deleted from conversations. Keep reading to learn how it works. In iOS 16, Apple has added a new "Recently Deleted" section to its Messages app that aggregates all of the text messages that you've deleted in the last 30 days. That means if...
imessage polls

How to Create Polls in iMessage Group Chats

Wednesday April 20, 2022 4:27 pm PDT by
This article explains how to create polls in group chats on Apple's Messages app for iPhone and iPad. Keep reading to learn how it works. If you often participate in group chats over iMessage, you'll know how hard it can sometimes be to decide on something or make plans when there's a lot of people in the group. Other messaging apps like Telegram – and soon WhatsApp – get around the...
iOS 16 Mail Guide Feature

iOS 16: How to Unsend Emails in Apple Mail

Thursday August 4, 2022 2:20 pm PDT by
Apple in iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 has made several improvements to its stock Mail app to put it on a similar standing to rival email apps. One of the new features is an undo send option. Keep reading to learn how it works. Have you ever sent an email in haste, only to immediately regret it or realize you've said completely the wrong thing? Apparently enough of us have to make Apple add a new...
imessage ios14

How to Disable iMessage

Monday January 24, 2022 12:01 pm PST by
Apple's iMessage is one of the most popular messaging platforms, and Apple continues to improve it with new features, hoping that it will keep people using its devices. However, there may be times when you want to disable iMessage. This article tells you how. There are genuine reasons why you might want to disable iMessage. Turning off iMessage is usually the first thing to do if you're...
iOS 16 Mail Guide Feature

iOS 16: How to Use the 'Follow Up' Feature in Apple Mail

Monday August 8, 2022 4:21 pm PDT by
Apple's stock Mail app has received some notable improvements in iOS 16 and iPadOS 16, with new features added that rival mail apps have offered for some time. One of these new features is called "Follow Up," which is designed to move sent email messages to the top of your inbox so you can send a follow-up if you don't hear back from the person you sent the email to. This handy feature is...

Popular Stories

iPhone 14 Pro Purple Rear Flat MacRumors Exclusive

iPhone 14 Pro Predicted to Start With Increased 256GB Storage Alongside Rumored Price Increase

Wednesday August 10, 2022 11:14 am PDT by
Earlier today, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed iPhone 14 Pro models will be more expensive than iPhone 13 Pro models. Kuo did not reveal exact pricing, but he said that the average selling price of all four iPhone 14 models will increase by about 15% overall. While higher prices would be disappointing for customers, it is possible the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will offer increased...
iPhone 14 Pro Lineup Feature Silver

Kuo: Apple to Increase Prices of iPhone 14 Pro Models

Wednesday August 10, 2022 8:22 am PDT by
Apple plans to increase the prices of iPhone 14 Pro models compared to iPhone 13 Pro models, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Kuo did not reveal exact pricing for the iPhone 14 Pro models. However, in a tweet today, he estimated that the average selling price of the iPhone 14 lineup as a whole will increase by about 15% compared to the iPhone 13 lineup. In the United States, the iPhone...
iPhone 14 Pro Purple Front and Back MacRumors Exclusive feature

iPhone 14 Is Just a Few Weeks Away: Three Tips to Prepare for the New iPhone

Wednesday August 10, 2022 4:08 am PDT by
The launch of the new iPhone 14 is just a few weeks away, meaning millions of iPhone customers will soon upgrade their existing iPhone or perhaps get an iPhone for the first time. Exclusive MacRumors iPhone 14 Pro renders by graphic designer Ian Zelbo Whether upgrading from an older model or this is your first iPhone, we've rounded up a few tips to help you prepare for the next flagship...
battery percentage ios 16

Here's Why the iPhone Battery Status Icon in iOS 16 Is So Controversial

Wednesday August 10, 2022 4:34 am PDT by
In the latest iOS 16 beta, Apple has updated the status bar battery icon on iPhones with Face ID to display the exact percentage remaining rather than just a visual representation of battery level, and while the change has been largely welcomed, some users are unhappy with the way it has been implemented. In iOS 15 and earlier, battery percent has not been present on iPhones that have...
Apple Watch Body Temperature Finished

'High-Accuracy' Apple Watch Temperature Sensor Revealed by Patent Filing Just Weeks Before Series 8 Unveiling

Wednesday August 10, 2022 5:39 am PDT by
Apple has been granted a patent for a temperature sensor suitable for the Apple Watch, just weeks before the company is expected to unveil the Apple Watch Series 8 with body temperature sensing capabilities. The newly granted patent, spotted by MyHealthyApple, was filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and is titled "Temperature gradient sensing in electronic devices."...