How to Delete Message(s) on iPhone

Your iPhone makes it super easy to remove individual text messages as well as entire conversations from the Messages app.

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RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
August 30, 2022

Your iPhone makes it super easy to remove individual text messages as well as entire conversations from the Messages app. Let’s explore how to delete unwanted messages.

Warning: Once you have deleted a message or a conversation, you can not restore it, so make sure you are okay with losing your chats permanently.

This is for the iPhone. Screenshots are from iPhone XR running iOS 15.5+

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Remove Individual Messages

To remove single or multiple select messages from your iPhone, first, launch the Messages app on your iPhone. Refer to the below image:

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Accessing Messages

Next, in the app, find and tap the conversation in which you want to delete a message.

Now, on the Message screen, tap and hold on to the message you want to remove. Then, from the menu that opens, choose More. If the conversation has only one message, you will not see More, instead, tap Delete. See the below image:

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Accessing More option

Next, beside each message on your screen, you will see a Select icon. Tap this icon for all messages that you want to remove.

Now, when you are done, in the bottom-left corner, tap the Trash icon. See the following image:

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Selecting to delete a message

Next, in the prompt that opens, select Delete Message. Refer to the below image:

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Delete a Message

Your iPhone will delete the selected messages.

Remove Entire Conversations

To remove an entire conversation from your iPhone, first, launch the Messages app on your iPhone. See the below image:

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Accessing Messages

Next, locate the conversation to delete but do not open it. On the conversation, you want to delete, swipe left. Then, from the options that appear, select Delete. See the following image:

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Selecting to delete a conversation

In the prompt that opens, choose Delete to confirm the deletion. Refer to the below image:

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Delete a conversation

Your iPhone will remove the entire chat from your Messages app.

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I am Raymond Oglesby, an Information Technology (IT) specialist with 30 years in the field. I have taught Microsoft Applications and troubleshot computers in 15 countries and many States. My career was focused on mainframes and desktops from application development to implementation. I have written hundreds of programs for various architectures. I decided to start a blog to share my knowledge and experiences with you. I plan on updating this blog at least twice a week about smart phone apps to Windows. Please feel free to leave a Comment or Tweet. I would love to hear from you. Do you have a computer tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

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