How to view timestamps for individual texts and iMessages in iOS 7

The Messages app got a brand new look in iOS 7 and with that came some new features. One of them is the ability to view timestamps for every text or iMessage you send or receive. Previously you only saw sporadic timestamps but now you can see when you send and received each and every message on your iPhone or iPad.

Here's how:

  1. Launch the Messages app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on the message thread that you'd like to view a particular timestamp for and find that particular message.
  3. Anywhere in the message area, slide your finger from right to left to reveal timestamps for each individual message.

Once you're done viewing a timestamp, just release your finger and the timestamps will again be hidden off to the side. That's all there is to it. It's not a very obvious feature at fight sight but it's definitely a welcome addition.

Allyson Kazmucha

iMore senior editor from 2011 to 2015.