How to Archive Text Messages on iPhone

Alicia Santos

iPhone, Tutorials

Do you have a cluttered Messages app on your iPhone with hundreds or even thousands of text messages? Archiving your text messages can help you declutter your inbox and keep important conversations organized and easily accessible. In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the process of archiving text messages on your iPhone.

Step 1: Open the Messages App

To begin, locate and tap on the Messages app on your iPhone’s home screen. The Messages app is represented by a green speech bubble icon.

Step 2: Select the Conversation to Archive

Browse through your list of conversations and find the specific conversation that you want to archive. Tap on it to open the conversation.

Step 3: Access More Options

In the top-right corner of the conversation screen, you will see a “..” (ellipsis) button. Tap on it to access more options for that conversation.

Step 4: Archive the Conversation

From the list of options that appears, select “Archive” to archive the selected conversation. You will notice that the conversation disappears from your main inbox and is moved to an archived folder.

Note: Archiving a conversation only removes it from your main inbox and does not delete it permanently. The archived conversation can still be accessed later if needed.

Additional Tips:

  • If you want to view all your archived conversations, simply swipe down from the top of your Messages app screen to reveal the search bar. Type “archived” in the search bar, and all your archived conversations will be displayed.
  • To unarchive a conversation and bring it back to your main inbox, follow steps 1-3, but this time select “Unarchive” from the options menu.
  • If you have many conversations to archive, you can repeat steps 2-4 for each conversation individually. Alternatively, you can swipe left on a conversation in the main inbox and tap “Archive” to quickly archive it.


Archiving text messages on your iPhone is a simple yet effective way to keep your Messages app organized and clutter-free. By following the steps outlined in this tutorial, you can easily archive and unarchive conversations as needed. So go ahead and give it a try!

We hope this tutorial has been helpful in teaching you how to archive text messages on your iPhone using the Messages app. If you have any questions or need further assistance, feel free to reach out to us.

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