Are you tired of cluttered message threads on your Mac? Deleting messages can help keep your inbox organized and free up storage space. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of deleting messages from your Mac, using the Messages app.
Step 1: Launch the Messages App
To begin, locate and open the Messages app on your Mac. You can find it in the Applications folder or by using Spotlight search.
Step 2: Select the Conversation
Next, choose the conversation that contains the messages you want to delete. You can select a conversation from the sidebar or use the search bar to find a specific one.
Step 3: Delete Individual Messages
If you only want to delete specific messages within a conversation, follow these steps:
- Select the message(s) you want to delete by clicking on them while holding down the Command key.
- Right-click on one of the selected messages and choose “Delete” from the context menu. Alternatively, you can press Command + Delete.
- The selected message(s) will now be moved to the Trash folder within your Mac’s storage.
Step 4: Clear Entire Conversations
If you prefer to remove entire conversations at once, here’s what you need to do:
- Select the conversation(s) you want to delete by clicking on them in the sidebar.
- Right-click on one of the selected conversations and choose “Delete Conversation” from the context menu.
- You will be prompted to confirm the deletion. Click “Delete” to proceed.
- The selected conversation(s) will now be permanently deleted from your Mac.
Step 5: Empty the Trash
To completely remove the deleted messages from your Mac’s storage, follow these steps:
- Click on the “Trash” folder located in the sidebar of the Messages app.
- Right-click on any message within the Trash folder and choose “Delete All” from the context menu. Alternatively, you can press Command + A to select all messages, followed by Command + Delete.
- A confirmation dialog will appear asking if you want to permanently delete all messages in the Trash.
Please note that deleting messages from your Mac does not affect them on other synced devices, such as iPhones or iPads. If you want to delete messages across all your devices, make sure you perform these steps on each device separately.
Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to delete messages on your Mac using the Messages app. By regularly removing unwanted conversations or individual messages, you can keep your inbox organized and free up valuable storage space on your Mac.