Hate how much storage space your messages take up on your iPhone or iPad? There are easy ways to delete one iMessage, multiple messages, or have your messages set to automatically erase after a certain amount of time. Today, we’ll walk you through the steps of how to do each of these things.
Tap Messages to launch the app.
Look through your conversations and locate the one you’d like to remove a message from. Tap it once to open it.
Once you’ve opened the conversation, find the message you’d like to erase. Tap and hold your finger on that message bubble until buttons appear at the bottom of your screen. When they do, tap More.
You’ll see a Trash Can button in the bottom left of your screen. Tap it to remove the message.
Confirm that you’d like to remove that message by tapping the Delete Message button at the bottom of your screen.
Those are all the steps to deleting one message in a conversation. If you’d like to get rid of multiple messages (or your entire conversation with someone), we’ll show you how to do that next.
Tap the Messages icon on your home screen to start up the app.
Locate the specific conversation you’d like to remove messages from.
Find one of the messages you’d like to erase. Tap and hold your finger on that message until buttons appear at the bottom of your screen. When the buttons appear, tap More.
Tap once on each message you’d like to remove to select them. When a message has been selected, a blue check mark will appear to the left of it.
Once you’ve selected all the messages you want to delete, tap the Trash Can in the bottom left to erase them.
To confirm you’d like to delete these messages, tap the button that says Delete X Messages.
That’s how you can delete multiple iMessages at once. If you’d like to set your message preferences such that your messages automatically be erased after a certain amount of time, you can learn how in the next section. This can be a big help in saving storage space on your device.
Tap the Settings icon on your home screen to launch the app.
In your settings, scroll down and tap Messages to access your message settings.
Scroll down your message settings and tap the Keep Messages button.
Choose the amount of time you’d like your messages to be stored for. Once a message has been on your device for that selected time period, it will be deleted from your device automatically. Tap one of the time period options to select it.
Those are all the steps to setting your iMessages to be removed automatically. Now, we’re going to cover a couple of things you should keep in mind when deleting iMessages from your iPhone or iPad.
Whether you’re deleting one message, multiple messages, or an entire conversation, you’re only deleting it on your own device. The other member(s) of the conversation could still have your messages saved on their device. Deleting a message from your iPhone or iPad will not affect how someone else sees your conversation on their own device.
Be sure to regularly back up your device in case you ever happen to accidentally delete a message. If you happen to erase a message by accident, check out our article about recovering deleted iMessages to learn how you can get them back.
If you’d like to get rid of all the messages on your iPhone, here’s how to delete all iMessages:
That’s everything you need to know about deleting iMessages. We hope you found the information you were looking for, and maybe were able to free up some storage space on your device as well! Be sure to check out our other iMessage tutorials to learn more.
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