How to Recall a Text Message on iPhone

Kyle Wood

iPhone, Tutorials

Have you ever sent a text message and immediately regretted it? Maybe you accidentally sent it to the wrong person or realized there was a typo in your message.

Well, if you’re an iPhone user, you’re in luck! Apple has introduced a feature that allows you to recall a text message. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to use this handy feature.

Step 1: Open the Messages App

To recall a text message on your iPhone, start by opening the Messages app. This app is represented by a green speech bubble icon and is usually located on your home screen or in your app drawer.

Step 2: Select the Conversation

Once you have opened the Messages app, navigate to the conversation that contains the message you want to recall. Tap on the conversation to open it.

Step 3: Locate the Message

Scroll through the conversation until you find the specific message that you want to recall. Take note of its position within the conversation.

Step 4: Tap and Hold

To initiate the recall process, tap and hold on the message that you want to retract. This will bring up a menu with various options.

Step 5: Select “Recall”

In the menu that appears after tapping and holding on the message, select “Recall.” This option might also be labeled as “Delete” or “Unsend,” depending on your iPhone model and iOS version.


  • If multiple messages are selected, make sure to choose “Recall All” or a similar option if available.
  • Recalling a text message will only work if both parties are using iMessage. If the recipient is not an iPhone user or has disabled iMessage, the message will not be recalled.

Step 6: Message Recalled!

Once you have selected “Recall,” the message will be deleted from both your device and the recipient’s device. The recipient will no longer be able to see the message.


Keep in mind that even though the message is deleted from both devices, there is no guarantee that the recipient hasn’t already seen or taken a screenshot of the message before it was recalled. Exercise caution when sending sensitive or confidential information through text messages.

And there you have it! You now know how to recall a text message on your iPhone. This feature can be a real lifesaver in certain situations, so make sure to remember these steps next time you need to quickly undo a sent message.

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