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How to Unsend Messages in Facebook Messenger in 2023

"Unsend" is a feature in Messenger that allows you to permanently remove a message for everyone in the chat.

"Unsend" is a feature in Messenger that allows you to permanently remove a message for everyone in the chat.

How to Unsend a Message on Messenger

Facebook has a feature on Messenger called "unsend." Thanks to this feature, users have the option to recall messages via its popular messaging app. With the help of this message recall option, you don't have to worry about sending messages by mistake. This also gives you the opportunity to correct messages in case there are typos.

Once recalled, the unsent message will no longer appear in your conversation as well as to your recipient. The said option can be used regardless of whether a user is doing a private chat or a group chat. It does not work if you are sending encrypted chats.

Here’s the Catch!

Users should keep in mind that the unsend option does not mean that the recipient of the message cannot view the unsent message if they've already seen it.

It is also important to note that while Facebook now allows its users to unsend messages, it will still keep a copy of the message on its server. Facebook can review unsent messages up to 14 days after they're unsent.

Step-by-Step Guide to Unsending Messages in Facebook

How this unsend feature works is plain and simple. Just follow the steps listed below:

  1. Tap and hold the message you want to unsend. This will bring up the options that you can do with the selected message. If you are using the web version of Facebook or Messenger, simply click the three-dot icon that appears in the overflow menu whenever you hover over a message in a chat or group conversation.
  2. Amongst the list of options, select "Remove." (On the mobile app, click "Unsend.")
  3. Facebook will then ask you whether you want to "Unsend for Everyone" or "Remove for You." (On the mobile app, your options will be "Unsend for Everyone" or "Unsend for You.")
  4. Select "Unsend for Everyone." This will remove the message in everyone's conversation, not just yours.
  5. When prompted, select "Remove" to confirm, and that's it! The message will no longer appear in your message thread as well as to everyone to whom you've sent it.

Do note that once the message has been unsent, Facebook will leave some sort of subtle notice informing everyone that you’ve unsent a message. Even so, there will be no option for them to retrieve the original message.

So there you have it! The next time autocorrect messes up your message, you no longer have to freak out. Just unsend it, and you’re done.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Kent Peligrino


Kent Peligrino (author) from Philippines on March 08, 2019:

Lol. I'm sure many can relate and will definitely find this new Facebook Messenger feature very useful! ;)

Farrah Young from Lagos, Nigeria on March 08, 2019:

This is a good initiative and about time too. So the next time an angry wife sends a wordy message to her partner then realizes her mistakes, she can quickly recall it. Lol.