The answer lies in another new iOS 16 text messaging feature unsending messages, Apple announced a feature in their iOS 16 software update.
iOS 16 feature
With the release of iOS 16, Apple has given users the opportunity to edit their texts, enabling them to correct any grammatical errors or factual inaccuracies that may have been included in previously sent messages. It’s a feature that’s been on our wish list for years, and we know we are not the only ones who feel that way.
Since Twitter has just added an editing option for tweets, it stands to reason that Apple will embrace the trend and create its own version of the app for the iPhone. We are sorry to tell you this, but you shouldn’t be using the new editing feature that’s been added for well obvious reasons. We are going to show you a far superior alternative to the edit text message feature that’s available in iOS 16, as well as discuss what’s wrong with such a feature. Additional information is provided below.
Why not use the text message editing feature?
The edit history is the primary justification for avoiding the usage of the feature that allows you to modify previously sent text messages. In order to clarify, we will need to go back a little bit in regard to know-how.
The capability to edit text messages was present in the software that Apple distributed to developers for testing purposes back in June. Still, the way in which it operated was modified. If you modified a text message while using an early version of iOS 16, the recipient of the message would be notified that it had been edited, and an edit button would display in the conversation thread; however, this was all that would happen. They were unable to look at your communication in its previous iteration and see what it said.
iOS 16 updates message
Apple modified the feature when it was being developed for iOS 16 so that it now provides a history of all the adjustments you’ve made to it. When you update a message, the recipient is not only alerted, but they are also able to readily access both the original text you sent them and any future adjustments you make to it.
A recipient can check the history of a communication by tapping the Edited button that appears underneath any edited text message. This button is displayed whenever the recipient edits a message. All of the previous messages are displayed in a faded blue bubble above the text that is now being changed. There is a significant issue here if you do not want the receiver to view the original message that you sent them (for whatever reason).
So, what are some of the other options?
As an alternative to modifying text messages, try doing the following
The solution can be found in yet another new feature included with iOS 16’s text messaging: the ability to unsend texts. Instead of altering a text message to make a correction or remove something that you don’t want the recipient to see, you can simply unsend the message, rewrite it, and send it as a new text message instead.
Although you have a shorter window of opportunity to retract a message (two minutes) than you do to make changes to it (fifteen minutes), you should always choose to retract a message if you have the choice. You can unsend a text message by holding down your finger on the message you wish to take back and selecting the Unsend option from the menu that appears.
iOS 16 SMS
When you resend a text message, there is no trace of its previous history left in the message itself. The receiver will be aware that you have cancelled the delivery of a message, but they will be unable to view the contents of the message that you had initially sent. If they have SMS notifications turned on, those will be removed whenever a message is canceled before it is sent.
There is always the possibility that someone will see a message before you are able to withdraw it, but unsending it increases the likelihood that your text will never be read by another person. Editing, which leaves a record of the original message for the recipient to see, is a considerably riskier bet than doing this, but it’s a far better bet.
If you don’t want your initial text message to be recorded and viewed, and you can move swiftly within the given two minutes, you should always unsend a text message and then just write it again. This is the only method to ensure that your original text message won’t be seen or recorded.