Delete Messages and iMessages on iPhone from Both Sides

In a Nutshell

To delete an iMessage from all devices, tap and hold on the message and select Undo Send. The message will be deleted from both sides including the recipient that received the message. This feature only works if both the iPhones have iOS 16 or later installed.

Have you sent a message on your iPhone and wished that you had never pressed the send button? Do you want to delete a message from both sides?

Deleting a message on your iPhone is quite simple as you have to just tap and hold on a message and choose to delete it. However, if you want the message to dissappear from the other iPhone as well, then that is challenging.

Fortunately, Apple released a new feature in iOS 16 that lets you unsend iMessage texts. This means that you can easily delete iMessages on your iPhone from both sides with the simple tap of a button.

In this article, we’ll take a look at how to delete messages on iPhone for everyone.

How to unsend and delete iMessages for both sides?

To delete iMessages from both your iPhone and the other person’s iPhone, both of you need to have iOS 16 installed. Here’s how it works:

  1. Open iMessage.
  2. Go to the conversation where you want to delete the message.
  3. Tap and hold on to the message, then select Undo Send from the popup menu that appears.
  4. The message will now be deleted for everyone. This works with both group chats and solo conversations.

On iOS 15 and lower, it is not possible to delete iMessages for both sides unless you have access to the other person’s iMessage account.

How to delete text messages (SMS) on iPhone for both sides?

Deleting text messages (SMS) for everyone is impossible. Once you send an SMS, you can only delete it from your own device but it won’t be removed for everyone that received the message.

The only way to do it is to have access to the other person’s phone so you can delete it from their device but this is quite impossible.


Does iMessage delete from both phones?

On iOS 16 and later, you can delete iMessage from both phones by tapping and holding on the message and selecting “Undo Send”. On prior iOS versions, iMessage does not delete from both iPhones.

Can you delete messages on iMessage?

Yes. To delete a message on iMessage, tap and hold on to a message bubble and select More. Now choose the messages you want to delete and press the delete icon in the bottom left.

Wrapping Up

Retracting and canceling messages that you’ve sent on your iPhone is impossible unless both you and the recipients have iOS 16 and the message was sent with iMessage.

In iOS 16, Apple introduced a feature that lets you delete an iMessage from all devices using the “Undo Send” feature.

However, if a text message was sent as an SMS, then it is impossible to delete it from other devices except your own.

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Ali Mahdi

Ali Mahdi is the founder of CyberTips and a seasoned software developer. His expertise lies in programming, cryptocurrency trading, and social media marketing. In addition to CyberTips, Ali has written for other prominent blogs in the past for 5+ years, including iDrop News, Redmond Pie, iPhone Hacks, and iDownloadBlog.