How to Unsend Messages on iPhone, iPad, and Mac 2024

As a frequent user of iMessage on Apple devices, I have often found myself in situations where I wished I could unsend a message. Whether it’s a typo, a message sent to the wrong person, or simply a change of heart, the ability to retract a sent message can be a lifesaver. Fortunately, Apple has provided a feature that allows users to unsend messages on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. In this article, I will guide you through the process of retracting messages on your Apple devices, and discuss important considerations to keep in mind before utilizing this feature.

Things to Keep in Mind Before You Unsend iMessages

How to Unsend Messages on iPhone, iPad, and Mac 2024

Before delving into the step-by-step process of unsending messages on your Apple devices, there are a few important considerations to keep in mind. Firstly, the ability to unsend a message is not foolproof and does not guarantee that the recipient will not see the message. If the recipient has already viewed the message before you unsend it, they will still be able to see the content. Additionally, unsending a message will not notify the recipient that a message has been retracted, so it’s essential to act promptly if you wish to retract a message.

Furthermore, unsending a message on iMessage only works for messages sent to other iMessage users. If the recipient is not using iMessage, the unsend feature will not be available. It’s also worth noting that unsending a message does not delete it from the recipient’s device, so it’s important to consider the potential implications of the recipient having already seen the message. Keeping these considerations in mind, let’s explore the steps to unsend messages on your iPhone and iPad.

How to Unsend Messages on Your iPhone and iPad

Unsending a message on iPhone and iPad is a relatively straightforward process. To begin, open the Messages app and navigate to the conversation containing the message you wish to unsend. Locate the message that you want to retract and firmly press on it to bring up the contextual menu. If you are using a device without 3D Touch, simply tap and hold the message to reveal the contextual menu.

Once the contextual menu is displayed, select the “More” option, indicated by three dots. This will allow you to select multiple messages if desired. After selecting the message or messages you wish to unsend, tap the trash can icon in the lower left corner of the screen. A confirmation prompt will appear, giving you the option to delete the selected messages. Tap “Delete” to retract the messages, and they will be removed from the conversation. Keep in mind that this action is irreversible, so be certain that you wish to proceed before confirming the deletion.

How to Unsend Messages on Your Mac

Unsending messages on your Mac follows a similar process to that of iPhone and iPad. Begin by opening the Messages app and navigating to the conversation containing the message you want to retract. Once you have located the message, right-click on it to reveal a dropdown menu. From the dropdown menu, select the “Delete” option to retract the message. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Command + Delete to achieve the same result.

After selecting the “Delete” option, a confirmation prompt will appear, asking if you are sure you want to delete the message. Confirm the deletion, and the message will be retracted from the conversation. It’s important to remember that once the message is unsent, it cannot be recovered, so exercise caution before proceeding with the deletion. With these steps, you can effectively unsend messages on your Mac device.