We’ve all been there – you send an iMessage and then realize you made a mistake. Whether you accidentally sent a message to the wrong person, typed something you didn’t mean to, or just want to take back what you said, there’s an easy way to unsend an iMessage. Here’s how!
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How to unsend an iMessage
There are times when you send an iMessage and then realize that you either sent it to the wrong person or that it was the wrong thing to say. Fortunately, Apple gives you the ability to unsend an iMessage. Here’s how:
- Open the Messages app and find the conversation containing the message you want to unsend.
- Tap and hold on the message you want to unsend, then tap More.
- Tap the Unsend button.
- A window will pop up asking if you’re sure you want to unsend the message; tap Yes to confirm.
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Why you might want to unsend an iMessage
There are a few different reasons why you might want to unsend an iMessage. Maybe you sent a message to the wrong person, or maybe you said something you shouldn’t have. Regardless of the reason, Apple makes it relatively easy to unsend iMessages, as long as you act quickly.
Once you unsend an iMessage, it will delete that message from both your device and the recipient’s device. That said, there are a few things to keep in mind. For one, you can only unsend an iMessage that was sent within the last five minutes or so. After that, the message is considered “delivered” and can not be unsent.
Additionally, if you’ve already left the conversation thread (i.e., the Messages app) or if the recipient has already read the message, you won’t be able to unsend it. In those cases, your only hope is to apologize for what you said and hope that they forgive you.
How to unsend a message on iMessage
Now that you know how to unsend an iMessage, you can rest assured that your texts will always be couched in the most perfect and appropriate language for the recipient. Whether you’re sending a casual message to a friend or a formal message to a colleague, you can be sure that your text will be exactly what you want it to be.
How to prevent accidentally sending an iMessage
To prevent accidentally sending an iMessage, you can enable the “Hold to Send” feature. This will cause your iPhone to hold onto an iMessage until you release your finger from the send button. To enable this feature, go to Settings -> Messages and toggle on “Hold to Send.”
What to do if you accidentally send an iMessage
If you accidentally send an iMessage, you can unsend it by going to the message thread and long-pressing on the message. A menu will pop up, and you can tap “Unsend.”
How to recall an iMessage
You can unsend an iMessage if you realise that you’ve made a mistake or if you change your mind after sending it. To do this, you’ll need to have the message app open and be on the same screen as the conversation where you sent the message.
Once you’ve found the conversation, find the message that you want to unsend and long press on it. This will bring up a menu of options. One of these options will be ‘Unsend’. Tap on this and the message will disappear from the conversation.
How to delete an iMessage
It happens to the best of us. You meant to send a message to your friend, but you accidentally sent it to your boss instead. If you’re using an iPhone, there’s no need to panic — there’s a way to delete the message before your boss sees it.
Here’s how to unsend an iMessage:
- Open the Messages app and find the conversation containing the message you want to delete.
- Tap and hold on the message you want to delete. A menu will appear.
- Tap More.
- Tap Delete > Delete Message. A pop-up window will appear, asking you to confirm that you want to delete the message.
- Tap Delete Message > Done. The message will be deleted from the conversation and replaced with a note that says “This message was deleted.”
How to block someone from sending you iMessages
With iOS 7, Apple introduced iMessage, a messaging service that allows users to send texts, photos, videos, and documents over the internet, rather than using traditional SMS.
One of the great features of iMessage is that you can block someone from sending you messages. Here’s how:
- Open the Settings app and scroll down to the Messages section.
- Tap on Block Contact.
- Select the contact that you want to block from the list.
- Tap Block Contact again to confirm.
Once you’ve blocked someone, they will no longer be able to send you iMessages or contact you through FaceTime.
How to report iMessage spam
If you receive an iMessage that looks like spam or phishing, you can report it to Apple. To do this, open the message in the Messages app and tap the Flag icon in the top-right corner. This will send the message toApple, who will investigate it and take appropriate action.