How to Delete One or All iMessages on Your iPhone or iPad

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.

To delete one iMessage:

1. Open the Messages app.

Tap Messages to launch the app.

Message icon

2. Find the conversation you want to delete a message from.

Look through your conversations and locate the one you’d like to remove a message from. Tap it once to open it.

Choose conversation you want to delete a message from

3. Tap and hold your finger on the message you’d like to delete, then tap More.

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.

Select more options

4. To delete the selected message, tap the Trash Can button in the bottom left corner.

You’ll see a Trash Can button in the bottom left of your screen. Tap it to remove the message.

Trash can icon

5. To confirm, tap Delete Message.

Confirm that you’d like to remove that message by tapping the Delete Message button at the bottom of your screen.

Delete Message button

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.

To delete multiple iMessages:

1. Open the Messages app.

Tap the Messages icon on your home screen to start up the app.

Launch messages app from the home screen

2. Find the conversation you want to delete messages from.

Locate the specific conversation you’d like to remove messages from.

Choose Messages conversation

3. Tap and hold your finger on one of the messages you’d like to delete, then tap More.

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.

More options for the message

4. Select the messages you’d like to delete.

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.

Select messages you want to erase

5. Tap the Trash Can button.

Once you’ve selected all the messages you want to delete, tap the Trash Can in the bottom left to erase them.

Trash Can icon

6. To confirm, tap Delete X Messages.

To confirm you’d like to delete these messages, tap the button that says Delete X Messages.

Delete all selected 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.

To set your iMessages automatically delete themselves:

1. Open up your device’s settings.

Tap the Settings icon on your home screen to launch the app.

iPhone Settings icon

2. Scroll down and tap Messages.

In your settings, scroll down and tap Messages to access your message settings.

Message Settings

3. On the next screen, scroll down and tap Keep Messages.

Scroll down your message settings and tap the Keep Messages button.

Keep Messages button

4. Select how long you’d like your messages to be stored on your device. Keeping them for less time will help save storage space.

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.

Select time period

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.

Notes on deleting iMessages

1. Keep in mind that when you delete an iMessage, it’s only removed from your personal device.

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.

2. If you ever want to be able to recover your deleted messages, be sure to back up your device frequently.

Be sure to regularly back up your device in case you ever happen to accidentally delete a message. 

3. You can delete all of your messages at once, if you want to.

If you’d like to get rid of all the messages on your iPhone, here’s how to delete all iMessages:

  • Tap Messages on the home screen.
  • In the top left, tap Edit.
  • Select the conversations you want to erase. Tap each one to select it.
  • Tap Delete in the bottom right corner to get rid of those conversations.

 

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.


How to Copy and Forward an iMessage

Want to forward an iMessage to someone, but not sure how to do it? It can be time-consuming to re-type or paraphrase everything someone said to you in a message, and we wouldn’t want you to be wasting your time doing all that when there is a much easier way. In this tutorial, we’ll show you the steps of how you can forward a message through iMessage on your iPhone or iPad.

How to forward an iMessage

1. Open the Messages app.

Tap Messages to launch the app.

Launch Messages app

2. Locate the message you want to forward.

Scroll through your messages to find the message you’d like to forward to someone else.

Find message you would like to forward

3. Tap and hold your finger on the message, then tap Copy.

On the message bubble, tap and hold your finger until buttons appear at the bottom of your screen. When it appears, tap Copy.

Tap and hold on message to copy it

4. Go to the conversation you wish to forward the message to.

Now go to the conversation where you’d like to send the copied message. Tap the person’s name to open your conversation.

Locate conversation you would like to forward the message to

5. Hold your finger on the text box, then tap Paste.

On the message screen, tap and hold your finger on the text box at the bottom. When the button appears above the text box, tap Paste.

iPhone paste options

6. Tap the blue arrow button to send it off.

Tap the blue arrow button to send your forwarded message.

iMessage send button

 

That’s all you need to do to forward an iMessage. We have other tutorials like how to use iMessage on Mac and how to make group chats, so if you want to become an iMessage expert, be sure to read those as well!


How to Remove Yourself from a Group iMessage

Are you part of a group chat on iMessage, but don’t want to be anymore? Tired of receiving tons of notifications because so many people are talking at once? We hear you. In this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how to leave a group iMessage.

To remove yourself from a Group iMessage:

1. Open your device’s messaging app.

Tap Messages to access all your SMS text and iMessage conversations.

Messages icon

2. Go to the group message conversation you want to remove yourself from.

In your list of conversations, find the group chat you’d like to leave. When you find it, tap it once to open it.

Select group chat

3. Tap the "i" button in the top right corner.

On the group chat window, tap the "i" button at the top right to access details and settings for the group message.

More options button

4. On the next screen, tap Leave This Conversation to remove yourself from the group message.

Once you tap Leave This Conversation, you won’t be part of the conversation anymore and will no longer receive any of the messages sent in that conversation if the other participants continue the chat.

Select to leave a group conversation

Those are all the steps to leaving a group chat. If you simply want to avoid getting so many notifications all the time, but don’t want to completely leave the group chat, here’s how you can do so.

How to mute notifications for a group iMessage

1. Access your messages by opening Messages on your device.

Tap Messages on your home screen to open your messaging app.

Messages icon

2. Select the group message conversation you’d like to mute.

In your list of conversations, locate the group chat you want to mute. When you find it, tap it once to open it.

Select group message

3. Tap the "i" button in the top right corner of the message window.

In the top right corner of the group message screen, tap the "i" button to access details and settings for your group chat.

iPhone more options button

4. Tap the toggle beside “Do Not Disturb.” When it’s green, notifications for this conversation have been muted.

Move the switch to the right to mute notifications. You can come back and un-mute notifications for this conversation at any time.

Do Not Disturb setting

 

That’s everything you need to know about leaving or muting a group chat on iMessage. If you’re interested in learning more, check out our other tutorials like how to send a GIF or how to delete iMessages.