New App Lets You Take Back Embarrassing Texts

Strings, started by Be Labs in Seattle, gives you the ability to permanently delete a text message from your phone and any phone you sent it to. Additionally, Strings requires your friends to ask your permission before downloading any photos or videos you send them.

It seems like a dream come true — and if you ask us, it kind of is — but the phone you send the message to must have Strings downloaded as well. And Strings can’t stop the person on the receiving end from getting the text in the first place. The app is also only compatible with iOS.

Strings isn’t the first app that aims to control smartphone screw-ups. Invisible Text lets senders see whether or not the recipient has opened their text yet, and if they haven’t, the sender can delete it. Ansa is the “Snapchat of texting,” meaning your texts self-destruct after a certain amount of time. And the app On Second Thought allows users to recall their texts 60 seconds after sending them and has a “curfew” feature, meaning texts can be “embargoed” until the next morning in case you’ve had one too many.