Have you noticed how much easier it is to remember when any one of your firsts than the last? For instance, you’ll always remember the day you moved into your first home, but the date of your last day in a city might’ve slipped from your head. And there’s a good reason behind that as well. When we begin things, we’re full of anticipation, handling multiple emotions at once. And when the end time comes, you’d already be looking forward to the next step eagerly.
The same rule is applicable to connections, friendships, and conversations – firsts are always special. If you’re the kind of person who goes back to re-read older conversations with people they love, you’d understand it better.
But as conversations get longer, it gets more and more difficult to get back to the first point – the square one – doesn’t it? If you’re an iOS user struggling with the same issue, we’ve dedicated this blog to you!
Keep reading till the end to figure out how to go back to older messages on iMessages!
How to See First Message on iMessage Without Scrolling?
Let’s get to your problem without further ado. You want to know if there is a way to get to the first message of a chat on iMessage without having to scroll, right? Well, we’re afraid that there is no in-built feature on the app to facilitate such a thing.
On top of it, the in-chat search feature is yet to make an entrance on iMessage, which is why even remembering the contents of the message will not help here, unlike on social media.
How do you go back to the first message on iMessage?
Now that we’ve clarified your doubt, let’s look at the general process of getting back to the first message of any particular conversation on iMessage.
If you’ve recently shifted from Android to iOS, we have some good news for you. iMessage isn’t one of those apps where you’ll need to figure out a lot of new stuff. It’s pretty similar to the messenger apps of Android but comes with even better features.
First and foremost, they offer end-to-end encryption, which only some social media platforms provide; so you won’t have to worry about your privacy.
Moreover, much like social media platforms, they also offer richer features like typing indicators, read receipts, special effects, and the seamless exchange of multimedia messages (MMS).
When it comes to the assortment of messages, iOS is pretty efficient and divides all messages to separate categories like Known Sendors, Transactions, Finance, Orders, and so on.
However, when it comes to going back to the first message of any chat, iMessage functions the same way as Android devices. You need to scroll all the way back.
There is talk of a new hidden scroll feature being launched in an upcoming update; it is supposed to make the scrolling process faster for all users. As soon as we receive confirmation for that, we’ll tell you about it.
How far back can iPhones retrieve text messages?
Another question that we commonly receive from our readers is the time period for which the iMessage app will store a text message on your phone. Now, here’s a confusion we must clarify first.
It might appear like your smartphones should be responsible for storing the messages that you receive on your messenger app, but that’s not how it really works. What actually happens is that your service carrier stores your messages on your SIM card.
Therefore, their policies decide how long you can have a message in your inbox. Some carriers offer a one-year validity on text messages, while others might have a longer span; others still extend the storage indefinitely.
The same is true for call records; they come with their own expiration date as well. We have to understand that no matter how much empty space you might have on your device, handling that kind of data at the server’s end can be tricky too.
In any case, to check the validity of your messages, you can reach out to your service provider and clarify it with them.
With that, it’s time for us to wrap it all up. We learned about the iMessage app on iOS smartphones, exploring its exciting features and figuring out how certain actions are performed on the platform.
We came to know that there was no other way of reaching the first message of an iMessage chat other than scrolling all the way up.
While it can be disappointing for some iPhone users – especially those who tend to have long conversations over iMessage frequently – we’re sure their team is working on it and might come up with an innovative solution soon.
If you have any other queries about the user interface of iPhones, feel free to share them with us in the comments below.