How to Delete a Message on iPhone So the Other Person Can’t See It

Kyle Wood

iPhone, Tutorials

Have you ever sent a message on your iPhone that you immediately regretted? Maybe it was a typo, an embarrassing confession, or even just a message to the wrong person.

Whatever the reason, we’ve all been there. Thankfully, there is a way to delete a message on iPhone so the other person can’t see it. In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the steps to do just that.

Step 1: Open Messages App

To begin, locate and open the Messages app on your iPhone. This is where all your conversations are stored.

Step 2: Select Conversation

Next, select the conversation containing the message you want to delete. You can either scroll through your conversations or use the search bar at the top to quickly find the desired conversation.

Step 3: Locate Message

Once you’re in the conversation, scroll through until you find the specific message that you want to delete. Take a moment to make sure it’s the correct message as this action cannot be undone.

Step 4: Press and Hold

To delete the message, press and hold on it until a menu appears. This menu will provide different options related to that specific message.


  • If you’re using an older version of iOS, instead of pressing and holding on the message, swipe right over it to reveal options.

Step 5: Tap More

In the menu that appears after pressing and holding on the message, tap ‘More’. This will allow you to select multiple messages if desired.


  • If you’re using an older version of iOS, skip to the next step.

Step 6: Select Messages

After tapping ‘More’, you’ll notice that a circle appears next to each message in the conversation. Tap the circle next to the message(s) you want to delete. Once selected, a blue checkmark will appear.


  • If you’re using an older version of iOS, after swiping right on the message, tap ‘Delete’.

Step 7: Tap Delete

With the desired message(s) selected, tap the trash can icon that appears at the bottom left corner of your screen. A confirmation prompt will appear asking if you want to delete the selected message(s).

Step 8: Confirm Deletion

To confirm the deletion and ensure that the other person won’t see the message, tap ‘Delete Message’. The selected message(s) will now be permanently removed from your conversation.

And there you have it! You’ve successfully deleted a message on your iPhone so the other person can’t see it. Remember, this action cannot be undone, so always double-check before deleting any messages.

We hope this tutorial has been helpful. If you have any further questions or need additional assistance, feel free to reach out. Happy messaging!

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