ReTXT (iOS|Android) is a new messaging app that comes with end-to-end encryption, and gives you the ability to correct past messages. It also lets you send text, emojis, your location, pictures, videos and audio clips like other messaging apps.
Obviously, message apps come on all the major smartphone platforms, but they tend to be pretty simple with few extras. This is how third-party apps likeand have carved out a niche by adding extra features the default messaging apps don't have.
But with ReTXT you get something no other messaging apps get: the ability to erase or edit texts you've already sent. The only catch is the yearly 99-cent subscription fee.
Getting set up
When you launch the app, you're prompted to register your phone number and email address, then choose a password. This is standard for third-party texting apps so you can receive chats and be able to recover your password in case you can't log in.
After these three requirements you can get started right away and you'll have a 60-day trial period. At the end of 60 days you'll need to sign up for a 99-cent-per-year subscription, but once you've tried it, I think you'll see it's easily worth a buck per year.
Standard features and more
ReTXT has all the functions that your used to in a text client, and they're all laid out in a tool bar to the left of the text-entry field. You can send a photo, video, voice memo, contact or your location with just a couple of taps.
But what sets ReTXT apart are a few features not usually found in other text apps. After sending a text, for example, it shows up in the chat feed as usual. But you still can swipe left on the text bubble, and buttons will show up that let you edit or delete the text. This is great for those times that autocorrect butchers your message, or even when you say something in the heat of the moment that you may not have meant. It's seems like such an obvious feature to have once you use it, but none of the most popular chat apps has it.
Another unique feature is the capability to ask for clarification. When someone sends you a message that doesn't make sense, you can tap a button that sends them a question mark that appears right next to their own message balloon. This indicates that they should clarify their meaning without you having to ask questions or engage in a lengthy back-and-forth conversation. This is another great feature that -- once you have used it -- seems like it should be available in all messaging apps.