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Ability to edit and delete iMessages does not work with older iOS versions

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There are two new features for iOS 16 that iPhone users are eagerly awaiting. One allows them to edit a sent iMessage, even if the error in the message was not discovered until after the message was already received by the recipient. Also, entire messages cannot be sent, causing them to disappear from the inbox of the recipient’s iMessage app. It’s like they never happened.

As noted by 9to5Macthe edits don’t affect when used on iPhone models powered by older versions of the software like iOS 15. But that changed with Wednesday’s update to the iOS 16.2 beta. The edge states that if someone who has installed the second iOS 16 beta update on their iPhone tries to edit an iMessage on a device with an older version of the software, the edited message will appear as a second text preceded by the words: “Edited to .”

Those who have already installed a beta version of iOS 16 on their Apple devices can edit and delete iMessages by simply long-pressing a message in the app. However, these options are only available for 15 minutes after the message is sent. After the time has elapsed, you cannot edit or delete that message.

The first public beta of iOS 16 is expected to be released in July, with the last stable version of the operating system poised for a fall launch. Certain iMessage recipients may be on the receiving end of multiple messages. Keep in mind that the ability to undo and edit messages is only available to people on an iPhone-to-iPhone conversation. Once an Android phone is involved, those new features are no longer available to members of an iMessage group.

When all parties using this feature are using iOS 16, the original error message will be automatically replaced with the edited and corrected version of the message.

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