How to See What Time a Text Message was Sent on the iPhone 5 in iOS 7

One of my biggest complaints from iOS 6 was that I couldn’t see when someone had sent me a specific text message, especially if it was sent within a few minutes of a previous text. This was a problem when someone would give me a relational amount of time in which something needed to be done, and I was unable to find the exact time for when I needed to meet them somewhere or do something for them.

This problem has been alleviated in iOS 7, fortunately. So if you have always wanted to be able to see what time a text message was sent on your iPhone 5, then you can follow the steps below to do so.

How to View the Timestamp for a Text Message in iOS 7 on the iPhone 5

Note that this method will work for both text messages (messages that are in the green bubble) and for iMessages (messages that are in the blue bubble). You can follow this process for any text message in any conversation in the Messages app on your iPhone 5.

Step 1: Open the Messages app.

open the messages app

Step 2: Touch the conversation containing the text message for which you wish to view the time stamp.

select the conversation containing the message you want to check

Step 3: Touch and hold your finger on the message for which you wish to view the time stamp, then drag your finger to the left. This will pull the time stamp in from the right side of the screen, like in the image below.

how to see what time an iPhone 5 text message was sent

When you release the message, it will slide back to the right and the time stamp will disappear from view.

If you are used to manually closing apps on your iPhone 5, then you might think that feature is gone in iOS 7. It is still there, however, so check out this article to learn how to close apps in iOS 7. newsletter

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