iPhone users now have the long-requested ability to edit or withdraw embarrassing or erroneous text messages, although the feature comes with some caveats.
Arriving as part of the iOS 16 update pushed out to iPhones on Tuesday morning, changes to the Messages app let you press and hold a missive to see options to edit or delete it, bringing the service up to par with alternatives like Signal and WhatsApp.
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You can delete or edit messages even after they’ve been read, but you only have two minutes to unsend and 15 minutes to edit, potentially limiting the feature to truly correcting mistakes rather than having a next-day change of heart. You can also only edit a single message up to five times.
The feature only applies to iMessages (not SMS), and only when the recipient has also installed iOS 16, so it won’t work when chatting to your friends using an Android phone or ancient Apple.