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How to See iMessage Timestamps in the iOS 8 Messages App

Posted by Jim Tanous on November 9, 2014
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In the iOS 8 Messages app, users can see their iMessage and SMS conversations divided up into relatively large time chunks, which often results in many messages being grouped by the day. But what if you wanted to see the exact time that a specific message was sent? Starting with iOS 7 and continuing with iOS 8, this information is indeed available, but Apple has hidden it by default.
To see timestamps for individual messages in iOS 8, first head to the Messages app and open a conversation. Then swipe in, right to left, from the right side of the screen. As you slide your finger, you’ll see the timestamps for all visible messages appear on the right.
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While this is handy for a quick confirmation of a particular message’s timestamp, there’s currently no way for users to make timestamps in the Messages app permanent. As soon as you end your slide gesture and raise your finger from the screen, the messages will slide back to the right and the timestamps will disappear. We’ll see if Apple gives customers the option to always display timestamps in the Messages app with a future iOS update.

7 thoughts on “How to See iMessage Timestamps in the iOS 8 Messages App”

trAcie609 says:
Can you please reanswer this question for current version? When I swipe right or left nothing happens.
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GGG83 says:
So glad to find this. I was bummed when text messages (and iMessage) stopped showing timestamps between texting breaks.
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Sine_Botchen says:
Thanks for the tip. I cannot understand how Apple can be so intuitive and yet so illogical at the same time. “Now I’m off to stuff loads and loads of paper down the toilet..”
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Naz Nomad says:
I’ve often wondered who did that !
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Peg_C says:
Great to know – just moved back to iOS (iPhone 6 Plus) after 2 years with Android (GN2). Couldn’t believe they didn’t show text time stamps. Thanks!
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Dog Whistle says:
Good to know. Really handy!!
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