How to Delete iPhone Messages

Joel Mason

iPhone, Tutorials

Deleting messages from your iPhone can be a simple and effective way to free up storage space and keep your conversations organized. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of deleting messages from your iPhone.

Step 1: Open the Messages App

To start, locate and open the Messages app on your iPhone’s home screen. The Messages icon looks like a green speech bubble. Tap on it to enter the app.

Step 2: Select a Conversation

Once you are in the Messages app, you will see a list of all your conversations. Tap on the conversation that contains the messages you want to delete. This will open up the conversation thread.

Step 3: Delete Individual Messages

If you only want to delete specific messages within a conversation, follow these steps:

  • Tap and hold on the message that you want to delete.
  • A menu will appear with various options.
  • Tap on “More..”
  • Select all the messages you want to delete by tapping on the circle next to each message.
  • Tap on the trash can icon.
  • A confirmation message will appear asking if you want to delete these messages. Confirm by tapping “Delete Message”.

Step 4: Delete an Entire Conversation

If you want to delete an entire conversation, including all messages within it, follow these steps:

  • In the conversation thread, swipe left across the screen over the name or phone number at the top of the screen.
  • A red “Delete” button will appear on the right side of the screen.
  • Tap on “Delete” to remove the entire conversation.

Step 5: Automatically Delete Messages (Optional)

If you want to automatically delete messages after a certain period of time, you can enable this feature:

  • Go to “Settings” on your iPhone’s home screen.
  • Scroll down and tap on “Messages”.
  • Scroll down again and look for the “Keep Messages” option.
  • Tapping on it will give you options for how long you want to keep your messages.
  • Select the desired time frame, such as 30 days or 1 year.


In conclusion, deleting messages from your iPhone is a straightforward process that can help you manage your storage space and keep your conversations organized. Whether you want to delete individual messages or entire conversations, follow the steps outlined in this tutorial.

Additionally, consider enabling the automatic message deletion feature for added convenience. Now you’re ready to declutter your Messages app and enjoy a cleaner, more organized iPhone experience!

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