How to Delete iPhone Messages

Posted January 18, 2018 by Leomar Umpad in Apple iPhone

Normal SMS messages take up minimal space on your device. You would need to have thousands of messages for them to put a noticeable dent in your iPhone’s storage. However, multi-media messages (MMS) can accumulate over time and may eat a considerable amount of your device’s storage. It is advisable to delete these MMS from time to time to free up some space on your iPhone. Whether you want to save storage or you simply want to clear off messages from your device, this article will guide you on how to delete iPhone messages.

Deleting messages on iPhone is easy. However, for the uninitiated, it may be a big puzzle to delete messages on iPhone. You can delete single messages, multiple messages, or whole message threads. This article will cover all three methods of deleting your iPhone messages.

How to Delete a Single Message on iPhone

To delete a single message on iPhone, do these:

1.Press your iPhone’s Home button to get to your device’s Home screen.iPhone iOS 11 Home
2.Open your iPhone’s Messages app.iphone-messages
3.Select a message thread where you want to delete a single message.iPhone Messages Message Thread
4.Press and hold a message that you want to delete.iPhone Messages Message Thread Press and Hold on a Message
5.From the pop-up menu, select More.iPhone Messages Message Thread Press and Hold on a Message More
6.The selected message should have a check mark to its left to indicate that it is the message that’s being selected. If there is no check mark on the message, tap on the circle to the left of the message to select it.iPhone Messages Message Thread Press and Tick on Message
7.Press the Delete (trash can) icon on the lower-left part of the screen. This will initiate the deletion of the selected message.iPhone Messages Message Thread Press and Tick on Message Delete iCon
8.Confirm the action by tapping on the Delete Message pop-up option.iPhone Messages Message Thread Press and Tick on Message Delete Messages Button
9.The selected message is deleted from your iPhone.iPhone Messages Deleted Message

How to Delete Multiple Messages on iPhone

To delete multiple messages on iPhone, do these:

1.Press your iPhone’s Home button to get to your device’s Home screen.iPhone iOS 11 Home
2.Open your iPhone’s Messages app.iphone-messages
3.Select a message thread where you want to delete multiple messages.iPhone Messages Message Thread
4.Press and hold on one of the messages that you want to delete.iPhone Messages Message Thread Press and Hold on a Message
5.From the pop-up menu, select More.iPhone Messages Message Thread Press and Hold on a Message More
6.The selected message should have a check mark to its left to indicate that it is the message that’s being selected.iPhone Messages Message Thread Press and Tick on Message
7.Select more messages to delete by tapping on the circle on the left side of the messages.iPhone Messages Select multiple Messages
8.After selecting all the messages that you want to delete, tap on the Delete (trash can) icon on the lower-left part of the screen. This will initiate the deletion of the selected messages.iPhone Messages Message Thread Press and Tick on Message Delete iCon
9.Confirm the action by tapping on the Delete Message pop-up option.iPhone Messages Message Thread Press and Tick on Message Delete Messages Button
10.The selected messages are deleted from your iPhone.iPhone Messages Deleted Message

How to Delete a Whole Message Thread on iPhone

To delete a message thread on iPhone, do these:

1.Press your iPhone’s Home button to get to your device’s Home screen.iPhone iOS 11 Home
2.Open your iPhone’s Messages app.iphone-messages
3.Select the message thread that you want to delete.iPhone Messages Message Thread
4.Press and hold on one of the messages on the thread.iPhone Messages Message Thread Press and Hold on a Message
5.Tap on the Delete All button on the upper-right part of the screen.iPhone Messages Delete All
6.A menu will pop up. Tap on the Delete Conversation button to confirm the action.iPhone Messages Delete Conversation
7.The whole message thread is now deleted.iPhone Messages Cleared Messages

How to Delete Multiple Message Threads on iPhone

To delete multiple message threads on iPhone, do these:

1.Press your iPhone’s Home button to get to your device’s Home screen.iPhone iOS 11 Home
2.Open your iPhone’s Messages app.iphone-messages
3.Tap on the Edit button located on the upper-left part of Messages.iPhone Messages Edit button
4.Tap on the circle to the left side of each message thread that you want to delete.iPhone Messages Edit button Message Thread Select
5.After selecting all the message threads that you want to delete, tap on the Delete button on the lower-right part of the screen. Deletion is automatic. iPhone won’t ask for any final confirmation so it is important that you have to take extra caution in this step.iPhone Messages Edit button Message Delete Button
6.The selected message threads are now deleted.iPhone Messages Edit button Message Deleted

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I’ve deleted a message by accident. Is there a way to undo the action and recover the messages?
A: You cannot get back deleted messages unless you made prior backup procedures. iPhone has put confirmation messages to ensure that you do not delete messages by mistake. Next time, see to it that you have made up your mind and that you read every confirmation messages before taking action.

Q: Can I delete all messages at once?
A: Apple does not allow deletion of all messages at once. If you want to delete all messages, you should follow the steps on deleting multiple message threads and manually select each message thread one by one.

You just learned how to delete iPhone messages. If you have questions with any of the sections outlined above, let us know in the comments.

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About Leomar Umpad

A supply chain operations manager by profession. A technology-lover and a writer by heart. I have the passion to teach and inform.
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