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How To Unsend a Picture on iPhone

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iPhone facilitates communication by allowing people to send texts, voice messages, GIFS, and images to their contacts. However, many users don’t know how to unsend pictures on their phones.

Quick Answer

To unsend a picture on iPhone, open the iMessage app, go to Control Center and tap the Airplane Mode to interrupt the picture-sending process. Tap and hold the image, and tap “More” > “Delete Message”. Turn off the Airplane Mode and use iMessage normally again. 

We have prepared a detailed guide on how to unsend a picture on iPhone using different apps. We will also discuss how to stop an image from being delivered on iMessage.

Unsending a Picture on iPhone

If you are wondering how to unsend a picture on your iPhone, our following 4 step-by-step methods will help you through the entire process hassle-free. 

Method #1: Unsending a Picture on iMessage

Although there is no unsend option on iMessage, you can still do so by using an indirect approach with the help of the steps mentioned below. 

  1. Open Control Center.
  2. Tap the airplane icon to turn it on.
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  3. Tap and hold the picture.
  4. Tap “More”.
  5. Tap “Delete Message”.
All Done!

Once you tap “Delete Message”, your picture won’t be sent to the recipient, and you can turn off the Airplane Mode afterward.


Make sure you delete the message immediately after enabling the Airplane Mode since the picture will automatically be sent to the recipient once you disable it. 

In iOS 16, you can unsend a picture in iMessage up to 15 minutes after sending it. However, the image can no longer be unsent after the elapsed time.

Method #2: Unsending a Picture on WhatsApp

You can delete a picture sent on WhatsApp through your iPhone with the help of the steps mentioned below.

  1. Open WhatsApp.
  2. Go to the chat.
  3. Tap and hold the picture.
  4. Tap “Delete”.
  5. Tap “Delete for Everyone”.
That’s It!

Once you have clicked “Delete for Everyone”, the picture will be unsent in the chat on WhatsApp.

Keep in Mind

On WhatsApp, you only have an hour and a half until you can delete messages for everyone.

Method #3: Unsending a Picture on Instagram

If you are using an iPhone, you can unsend pictures on Instagram with the help of the following steps.

  1. Open Instagram and select the paper plane icon.
  2. Go to the chat.
  3. Tap and hold the picture.
  4. Tap “Unsend” from the pop-up menu.
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Did You Know?

On Instagram, the deleted message vanishes from the chat leaving no in-chat notification behind.

Method #4: Unsending a Picture on Facebook Messenger

If you are using Facebook Messenger on your iPhone, you can unsend a picture by following the below steps.

  1. Open Facebook Messenger.
  2. Go to the chat.
  3. Tap the picture and select “More”.
  4. Tap “Unsend”.
  5. Select “Unsend for Everyone”.
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All Set!

Once you have done so, the selected picture will be removed from your chat on Facebook Messenger.

Method #5: Unsending a Picture on Snapchat

You can unsend a picture sent on Snapchat on your iPhone with the help of the steps mentioned below.

  1. Open Snapchat.
  2. Go to the chat.
  3. Tap the picture.
  4. Tap “Delete”.
  5. Tap “OK”.
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Quick Note

Your picture might not be immediately removed from the other person’s chat if they have a poor internet connection.


In this write-up on how to unsend pictures on iPhone, we have explored 4 ways to remove pictures from chats on different applications. We have also discussed whether iPhone allows users to delete unwanted images on iMessage.

Hopefully, after reading this guide, you can quickly remove the in-chat pictures you want from your iOS device.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I recover deleted messages on WhatsApp?

To recover unsent messages on WhatsApp, uninstall the app and download it again from the App Store. Once the app is installed, agree to “Terms and Conditions”, enter your mobile number, and tap “Restore Chats from backup”.

Can I unsend pictures on iMessage in iOS 16?

Apple will introduce an “Unsend” option on iMessage in iOS 16. To use this feature on the new iOS, open “Messages”, go to the conversation, tap and hold the picture, and select “Unsend” from the pop-up menu.

Can the recipient read the unsent message on Instagram using notifications?

Once the message has been unsent, the Instagram notification would show, “This message is no longer available because it was unsent by the sender”. The recipient can no longer read it.

Does Snapchat notify the other person when I unsend a message?

Yes, when a message is deleted, the other person is notified of that action. This is done to keep everyone informed about the changes in the chat. 

How is deleting a message different from unsending it?

Unsending a message deletes it for both parties, whereas deleting it removes it for only one party.

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