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How to delete messages on iPhone

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Your iPhone makes it very easy to delete individual text messages as well as entire conversations from the Messages app. We’ll show you how to get rid of unwanted messages from your phone.

Warning: Once you’ve deleted a message or conversation, you can never restore it, so make sure you’re okay with losing your chats permanently.

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Delete individual messages on an iPhone

If you just want to delete single or multiple selection messages from your iPhone, you can do it as follows.

First, launch the Messages app on your iPhone. In the app, find and tap the conversation in which you want to delete a message.

On the message screen, touch and hold the message you want to delete. Then, in the menu that opens, choose “More”.


Next to each message on your screen, you will see a selection icon. Touch this icon for all the messages you want to delete.

When you’re done, in the bottom left corner, tap the trash can icon.

In the message that opens, select “Delete message”.


Your iPhone will delete the selected messages and you are all set.

If you realize that you have made a mistake, know that you have a few options to recover deleted messages on an iPhone.

Delete entire text conversations on an iPhone

To delete an entire conversation you’ve had with someone from Messages, follow these steps.

First, open the Messages app on your iPhone. Then find the conversation to delete (do not open it).

On the conversation you want to delete, swipe left. Then, from the options that appear, select “Delete”.


In the message, choose “Delete”.

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And that is. Your iPhone will remove all chat from your Messages app.

Do you want your iPhone to automatically delete your old text messages? If so, there is a way to do it.

RELATED: How to Automatically Delete Old Text Messages on iPhone or iPad

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