How to Unsend a Text on Android

Charlotte Daniels

Android, Tutorials

How to Unsend a Text on Android

Have you ever sent a text message and immediately regretted it? Maybe you typed something in the heat of the moment or accidentally sent it to the wrong person.

Well, the good news is that Android devices now have a feature that allows you to unsend text messages. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to unsend a text on Android.

Step 1: Open your Messaging App

First, open your messaging app on your Android device. This could be the default messaging app or any third-party messaging app that you use.

Step 2: Locate the Message

Next, locate the message that you want to unsend. Scroll through your conversation threads until you find the message in question.

Step 3: Tap and Hold

In order to unsend a text message, you need to tap and hold on the message itself. This will bring up a context menu with various options.


  • If you are using an older version of Android or a different messaging app, these steps might vary slightly.
  • This feature is only available for messages that have not been read by the recipient.

Step 4: Select “Delete” or “Unsend”

In the context menu, select either “Delete” or “Unsend” option. The wording may vary depending on your messaging app.

Note: Some messaging apps might provide additional options like “Delete for Everyone” or “Retract Message”. These options essentially perform the same function of unsending a text.

Step 5: Confirm the Action

After selecting the appropriate option, you will be prompted to confirm the action. This step is crucial to prevent accidental unsends.

Pro tip: Make sure to double-check before confirming, as unsending a text message cannot be undone.

Step 6: Message Unsent!

Congratulations! You have successfully unsent a text message on your Android device. The message will no longer appear in the recipient’s inbox.

Note: Keep in mind that unsending a text message does not guarantee that the recipient has not already seen or read it. It simply removes the message from their inbox.


The ability to unsend a text message on Android can be a lifesaver in certain situations. Whether it’s correcting a mistake or retracting an impulsive message, this feature provides an extra layer of control over your communication.

Remember, though, that timing is crucial as this feature is only available for messages that have not been read by the recipient. So, think twice before hitting send!

We hope this tutorial has been helpful in guiding you through the process of unsending a text on Android. Happy texting!

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