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How to Edit an iMessage in Apple iOS 16

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You can forever say goodbye to typing typos on your iPhone. After sending a text, users of iMessage can easily edit it with the latest iOS 16 update.

Yup, you can now change the text you sent into the ether after you’ve sent it and immediately regretted how you worded it. There’s a loophole, however, that means you can’t edit unless the iPhone receiving the text also has iOS 16. Messages created with older software cannot be edited, so you’ll have to live with any mistakes you made. Go ahead and edit carefully!

1. You can fix a message by pressing and holding it.

You can long press on the message you regret, regardless of whether it’s a typo or an emoji choice you regret. The menu should appear in a pop-up window.

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Not quite the message you wanted to send to a potential employer. Credit: Apple

2. To edit, tap “Edit.”

A message can be edited by tapping the edit option on the screen with message reactions and other options. However, if you’re trying to edit a message from last week, the edit option does not appear. In Apple’s guidelines, messages can only be edited 15 minutes after they have been sent.

3. Change the text in the field as you wish.

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The professional message you always meant to send. Credit: Apple

Your screen should now display the normal text typing field with your previous text filled in. Then press the blue check mark on the right side after you have made your edits.

 

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