How to Delete Old Messages on iPhone

Charlotte Daniels

iPhone, Tutorials

Welcome to this tutorial on how to delete old messages on iPhone. In this article, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of decluttering your messages and freeing up valuable storage space.

Why Delete Old Messages?

Over time, your iPhone accumulates a large number of text messages, iMessages, and multimedia attachments. These messages can take up a significant amount of storage space on your device, causing it to slow down and potentially affecting its performance. Deleting old messages not only helps in reclaiming storage but also ensures that your conversations remain organized.

Step 1: Open the Messages App

To get started, locate and tap on the Messages app icon on your iPhone’s home screen. The Messages app will open, displaying your recent conversations.

Step 2: Select the Conversation

Browse through your conversations and select the one containing the messages you want to delete. Tap on the conversation to open it.


If you wish to delete multiple conversations or messages, you can repeat these steps for each one individually or choose a different method explained later in this tutorial.

Step 3: Delete Individual Messages

If you want to delete specific messages within a conversation:

  1. Tap and hold on the message you want to delete.
  2. A menu will appear with options related to that message.
  3. Select “More..” from the menu.
  4. The selected message will now have a checkmark beside it.
  5. Tap on the trash bin icon at the bottom-left corner of the screen.
  6. A confirmation prompt will appear.
  7. Select “Delete Message” to remove the chosen message.

Step 4: Delete Entire Conversations

If you want to delete an entire conversation:

  1. Swipe from right to left on the conversation you want to delete.
  2. A red “Delete” button will appear on the right side of the screen.
  3. Tap on “Delete” to remove the entire conversation and its associated messages.

Bonus Tip: Automatically Delete Messages

If you want your iPhone to automatically delete messages after a certain period:

  1. Navigate to the Settings app on your home screen.
  2. Select “Messages” from the list of options.
  3. In the Messages settings, scroll down and locate “Keep Messages“.
  4. Tap on it.
  5. A menu will appear with options for message retention durations such as “30 Days” or “1 Year“.
  6. Select your preferred duration.

Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to delete old messages on your iPhone.

By following these steps, you can keep your device clutter-free and improve its overall performance. Remember, deleting messages regularly is a good practice for maintaining a well-organized device.

We hope this tutorial was helpful. Happy messaging!

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