Whether it’s a typo, automatic spell check, or wrong video, most of us have experienced the situation where we can’t unsend incorrect messages on apps.
You might be talking with your boss, mom, or friend, when you realize that your message is messed up. If you’re already thinking “no turning back now,” don’t sweat it. There are actually ways to navigate tech (yes, no kidding), so you can save yourself from embarrassing message mistakes.
Read on to learn how you can unsend messages you’ve already sent on apps like Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and more.
Version 191 of Facebook Messenger in the Apple App Store comes with all the tech fixings, including the capability to send voice messages, chat with businesses, and show message reactions with stickers. Currently, you can only remove messages you send on your own device, but that will change soon.
According to Facebook Messenger, there are new features on the way, including the option to remove a message from a chat thread after you send it. For example, if you accidentally send incorrect information or message the wrong thread, you can fix it by removing the message up to 10 minutes after you sent it.
Instagram might be the easiest app for message troubleshooting. Removing a previously sent message only takes three steps: Tap the arrow on your Instagram feed, choose the conversation to find the message you would like to unsend, then tap and hold the message to select “unsend.” Your bad message will disappear from your conversation feed in a pinch. The one downside though is people might see your message error before your correct it, so be mindful of that when you’re using the app.
Seamless messaging is a major perk on Google Hangouts, but unfortunately you can’t delete individual messages you’ve already sent. If a message dilemma occurs, there’s only two steps you can take: go to “settings” and delete your conversation history with one person or delete your conversation history with a group. Even though you’ll clear the bad message on your phone, all recipients will still see the mistake on their side of the thread. So check your writing before pressing “send” on this app.
WhatsApp makes it easy to remove a bad message. On the app, you can delete messages for everyone in a few easy steps. To delete messages you’ve sent in an individual chat or group, open the app, go to the chat with the message mistake, tap and hold the message, and then tap “delete” at the top of the screen. A benefit of this feature is that you have up to 60 minutes to delete previously sent messages, but your recipients might see your message before it’s deleted or if you can’t remove it right away.
Snapchat, which is known for its quick story feature, doesn’t have the ability to delete previously sent messages. On your end, you can clear a conversation by going to “settings,” clicking on “clear conversations” under “account actions,” and tapping the “x” next to a name to delete your conversation history. Even though you’ll be able to erase any messages from your phone, the recipient still has access to the message thread.
However, Snapchat does offer a “Clear Chat” feature, where you can delete a message before a friend sees it, according to CNBC. All you have to do is swipe right to visit your friend’s page, select the chat column, choose a message you’ve already sent, and tap the message to hold and delete it. It’s that easy. But, your friend will see the deleted message, so be wary of that if you make a mistake.
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