How to Permanently Delete Messages on iPhone

Kyle Wood

iPhone, Tutorials

Are you concerned about the privacy of your messages on your iPhone? Do you want to ensure that your messages are permanently deleted and cannot be recovered? In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of permanently deleting messages on your iPhone.

Step 1: Open the Messages App

First, locate and open the Messages app on your iPhone. It is represented by a green speech bubble icon.

Step 2: Select the Conversation

Navigate to the conversation from which you want to delete the messages. Tap on it to open the conversation.

Step 3: Delete Individual Messages

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

  • Tap and hold on the message you wish 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.
  • Towards the bottom left of the screen, tap on “Trash Can”.
  • A confirmation prompt will appear. Tap on “Delete Message”.

Step 4: Delete Entire Conversations

If you want to delete an entire conversation, follow these steps:

  • Swipe left on the conversation you want to delete.
  • Towards the right, a red “Delete” button will appear. Tap on it. Tap on “Delete Conversation” to confirm.

Step 5: Permanently Delete Messages

Now that you have deleted the messages or conversations, they are moved to the “Recently Deleted” folder, where they will be stored for 30 days. To permanently delete them:

  • Open the Messages app again.
  • Tap on “Edit” in the top-left corner of the screen.
  • Select the messages or conversations you want to permanently delete by tapping on the circle next to each item.
  • Towards the bottom left of the screen, tap on “Delete All”.


Please note that once you have permanently deleted your messages, they cannot be recovered. Make sure to double-check and back up any important information before deleting.

Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to permanently delete messages on your iPhone. By following these steps, you can ensure that your private conversations remain secure and cannot be retrieved by anyone.

We hope this tutorial was helpful! If you have any further questions or need assistance, feel free to reach out to our support team.

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