iOS 16 iMessage Unsend And Edit Arrives For Messages App, Here’s How It Works

Apple’s iOS 16 update, announced as part of the WWDC22 opening keynote on Monday, will bring some big iMessage improvements when it ships later this year.

People will be able to edit messages that they already sent as well as delete ones that they didn’t want to send at all — but only for up to 15 minutes.

While Apple didn’t confirm the news during the announcement, iOS 16 documentation has since confirmed that those looking to edit a message will only be able to do so for 15 minutes after it was sent. After that, no edits are available.

Unsending a message is a similar story, with people able to effectively delete a message for a full 15 minutes after it was sent. After that, they’re there for good. However, deleted messages can be recovered if needed — but only for 30 days after the deletion occurred.

Apple also announced that iMessage users will finally be able to mark entire threads as unread for the first time as part of the new update.

Apple’s iOS 16 will be available to the world this fall, while an initial developer beta version is already available for download right now. Apple has previously said that it will also make ad public beta version of the update available at some point next month, although exact timing hasn’t been communicated so far.

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