How to View Edit History of a Message in Messages on iPhone on iOS 16

iOS 16 has been a significant upgrade in terms of its features and UI changes. Apple has introduced a new way to customize lock screens, link focus modes and take advantage of widgets on your mobile devices. Among these new features is the ability to unsend and edit your messages in iMessage. This functionality has been a massive boon for many users as it can help you retract messages with typos and incorrect information.

However, it also introduces privacy concerns for the recipient where the sender can change the information in the conversation at will with no way of keeping track of the previous messages. This has thankfully been changed with the latest update to iOS 16. You can now easily view the message edit history for any edited message in an iMessage conversation.

Follow the steps below to help you along with the process. 

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How to view edit history of a message on iPhone

Edited messages in a conversation previously were identified by the Edited message underneath them. Although it allowed you to identify edited messages, there was no way to keep track of the edited content. Thankfully, iMessage will now automatically show you the previous message and its subsequent edited message. This will allow you to easily keep track of your conversation and the original message. Let’s take a look at an example.

Send a message as usual to a concerned recipient. Now tap and hold on the message.

Select Edit.

Edit your message as needed. Tap the checkmark once you’re done.

The recipient will now be shown your edited message along with the original message as shown below.

You as the sender will be shown a blue Edited message beneath your edited message.

And that’s how you can keep track of the edited messages in an iMessage conversation.

Why can’t I edit the message anymore?

If you’re unable to edit a sent message, then there can be two prominent reasons for this issue as listed below.

  • Time Limit: Editing sent messages is only allowed for up to 15 minutes from the time of composing and sending your message in an iMessage conversation. You might be unable to edit your messages as you might have strayed past this time limit.
  • Editing Limit: Apple also recently introduced a limit on how many times you can edit a message in an iMessage conversation. There is now a limit of 5 edits on all your sent messages in iMessage. This means you can only edit a sent message up to 5 times. Past this limit, you won’t be able to edit your messages in iMessage.

These could be the two prominent reasons preventing you from editing your messages in iMessage.

We hope this post helped you get familiar with the new edit history in an iMessage conversation on iOS 16. If you have any more questions, feel free to drop them in the comments below.


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