If you're like most iPhone users, when you upgraded to the newest version of iOS, Apple automatically migrated your settings, apps, and text messages. While there are benefits to wiping your phone and starting over – c'mon, you don't really need all those apps – there's also the possibility that you might lose valuable info hidden within your text messages. All those short missives you've written are mostly ephemeral, but some of them can be important, especially if you need them as proof in a dispute. Even if you just want to save your priceless nuggets of wit, you should be able to. Apple – frustratingly – offers no easy way to export your texts and iMessages, and it should.
A new messaging app lets you take back messages after they've been sent - but only if the recipient hasn't read them yet. The clever feature, which will be a godsend to drunk texters and clumsy-fingered folk everywhere, is one of many built in to Privates, a messaging app now available for the iPhone. After sending a text, picture or video message, users will be able to'recall' it at any time, erasing the message from the recipient's phone. However, this only works if the recipient hasn't read it yet, so any embarassing texts will need to be deleted quickly. Secure chat app Telegram offers a similar feature, allowing users to delete messages from both sides of a'secret' chat with the tap of a button.
Apple recently gave its Messages app a major overhaul by adding stickers, animations, compatibility with services like OpenTable and Fandango, and much more. The capabilities are available on iPhones and iPads running iOS 10, software Apple released for its mobile devices on Sept. 13. Stickers have long been popular on messaging apps such as LINE and Facebook Messenger. But this is the first time Apple is making them available for the iPhone's default texting app. Stickers don't come preinstalled in the iPhone's keyboard; you'll have to download them from the newly launched iMessage App Store.