How to Unsend iMessage on iPhone 14 in iOS 16 (Undo Send)

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There is nothing to be embarrassed about upon sending the wrong message to the wrong contacts. But it is equally desired in such a situation to have a feature to unsend that message. And Apple has finally understood the pain of so many iMessage users who were going through this. Keeping that in mind, the company has finally added a feature to unsend iMessage in the iOS 16 update.

The iPhone and iPad users using the iMessage will now be able to delete the sent message on iMessage. Since this is a new feature, you must be interested in trying it. If so, here is a complete step-by-step tutorial and additional things to know about the new Undo Send feature in iMessage.

Important things to know about the Undo Send

Before we head over to the how-to of the Undo Send feature in iMessage there are some important things you must know about this feature.

  1. The Undo Send feature will be there up until 15 min and after that, the sent message will get permanent. That means after sending an accidental message you will have 15 min to unsend it.
  2. The Undo Send feature will work only on those devices that are running on the latest iOS 16 or iPadOS 16. Yes, both the sender’s and receiver’s devices are needed to be on the new iOS/iPadOS version.

How to unsend iMessage using Undo Send

With that said, here are the steps you’ll have to follow in order to unsend the sent iMessage.

Step 1: Open the iMessage app on your iPad or iPhone.

Step 2: Navigate to the iMessage chat whose message you want to unsend.

Step 3: Now, long press on the message that you are willing to unsend. Upon long-pressing the message, there should be an Undo Send option in the popup overflow menu if the 15-minute countdown is not over.

Step 4: Finally tap on the Undo Send option.

Once you tap on the Undo Send option, you are all done from your side. There might still be a chance that the message is not unsent if the receiver’s device not running on the iOS 16. In that case, the message will only get disappeared from your iMessage chat and not from theirs.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What happens after unsending an iMessage?

After using the Undo Send option, the message will immediately get disappeared from the conversation. However, if the receiver’s phone is on an older version of iOS, say iOS 15, the message will not disappear from their chat.

Can you “Undo Send” an iMessage after 15 minutes?

No, there is no way to unsend an iMessage from the chat after the 15 minutes time interval has passed.

Can you unsend an iMessage?

Yes, the newly launched iOS 16 allows the iMessage users to use the Undo Send feature to unsend messages within 15 minutes of sending them in the chat.

Bottom Line

So that was it for this guide on how you can unsend iMessage on an iPhone running the new iOS 16. Apple has finally made it and the Undo Send option is now a reality for the iMessage users. However, the feature is gonna be a fully functional one up until all the iMessage users don’t shift to the latest iOS 16/iPadOS 16.

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Bhanu Pratap

Hi! I am Bhanu Pratap, co-founder of Yorker Media Group. A die-heart fan of tech and keeps track of every little happening of the same. When not writing, I usually keep myself busy on YouTube making and exploring new and awesome tech content.

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