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.

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:

Message 1
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:

Message 4
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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How to Mark All Messages as Read on iPhone and iPad

Many things are easy and obvious on Apple devices. But every so often you come across something that is not. If you want to mark all your emails as read on iPhone and/or iPad and clear those indicators, let’s explore how this is done.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
June 21, 2022

Many things are easy and obvious on Apple devices. But every so often you come across something that is not. If you want to mark all your emails as read on iPhone and/or iPad and clear those indicators, let’s explore how this is done.

This is for the iPhone and iPad

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Whether you have a mailbox full of unread messages or just a group that you want to mark as read, you can do both in the Mail app on your Apple device.

Mark as Read on iPhone and iPad

First, open the mailbox in the Mail app on iPhone or iPad or choose All Inboxes to take care of all your mailboxes at once. You can also pick a specific folder. Tap Edit on the top right-hand corner and Select All on the top left-hand corner.

On the bottom left-hand corner, tap Mark and select the Mark as Read option. Refer to the below image:

Mark 1A
Selecting all emails as read

Mark as Read on Mobile

Maybe you have just a group of emails that you want to mark. They might be newsletters, promotional emails, or confirmation messages.

First, open the mailbox or folder in the Mail app and tap Edit on the top right-hand corner.

Next, you can select each message one at a time if they are not adjacent to each other. Or, to select a range of emails that are next to each other, drag your finger through them to mark them all quickly.

Now, tap Mark on the bottom left-hand corner and select the Mark as Read option. See the below image:

Mark 2A
Selecting 2 emails as read

You can also use the Search feature to find particular emails and mark messages as “read” the same way.

Once you clear those unread indicators in your inbox or badge on the Mail icon, you can start fresh with new messages.

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How to Easily Delete Old Text Messages on iPhone or iPad

You might want to delete plain text messages because of the storage space they use. Also, you may want to delete messages for privacy reasons or just because it keeps your Messages app better organized. Plus, texts with images actually can take up a fair bit of room.

You might want to delete plain text messages because of the storage space they use. Also, you may want to delete messages for privacy reasons or just because it keeps your Messages app better organized. Plus, texts with images actually can take up a fair amount of space.

By default, your iPhone and iPad save every iMessage and SMS text message that comes your way. As a result, you could have years of messages synced to iCloud that follow you for the rest of your life, taking up valuable space. Fortunately, there’s a way to delete old text messages automatically. Lets explore how this is done.

This is for the iPhone and iPad. Screenshots are from an iPhone

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First, lets check how much storage you are using for messages and attachments (like photos on an iPhone). Go to

Settings > General > iPhone Storage > (scroll down to) Messages

Notice the amount of storage used by Documents & Data, and tap on Review Large Attachments for more detail. Refer to below image where I can save 145 MB by deleting them:

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Viewing how much storage space is being used

Now, exit back to Settings (the gear icon) on your iPhone or iPad. See below image:

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Accessing Settings

Now, in Settings, scroll down and tap the Messages option. See following image:

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Accessing the Messages option

Next, in Messages, scroll down and tap the Keep Messages option. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the Keep Messages option. The default is Forever

By default, Messages is set to keep your SMS text messages and iMessages forever. Next, tap either 30 Days or 1 Year depending on how long you would like to keep your old text messages. See below image:

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Selecting your option on how long to keep text messages

After tapping your preference, you will see a pop-up dialog asking whether you want to delete all messages older than the time period you specified. If you are sure, just tap the Delete button. See following image:

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Pop-up window showing the option you selected

Next, exit Settings. From now on, Messages will automatically delete any messages once they hit the 30-day or 1-year mark, depending on which option you specified. Note! The default, Forever, will remain checked until you tap the Delete button.

Now, head back to

Settings > General > iPhone Storage > (scroll down to) Messages

and check your Messages storage for the amount of space you reclaimed.

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How to Mark Text Messages as All Read on iPhone or iPad

If you have a large number of unread text messages on your iPhone or iPad, dealing with them one-by-one can be a hassle. Thanks to Apple, it’s easy to mark every one of your unread messages as read but the feature is not well known. Let’s explore how to mark all text messages as read.

If you have a large number of unread text messages on your iPhone or iPad, dealing with them one-by-one can be a hassle. Thanks to Apple, it’s easy to mark every one of your unread messages as read but the feature is not well known. Let’s explore how to mark all text messages as read.

This is for iPhone and iPad

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First, open your Messages app. Now, on an iPhone, look in the upper-right corner of the screen and tap the ellipses button, which looks like three dots in a circle. Refer to below image:

Read All 1
The Messages app

For the iPad, tap the Edit button in upper left-hand corner.

A pop-up menu will be displayed. Next, tap the Select Messages option. See below image:

Read All 2
Select Messages option

Now, your messages will enter “Edit” mode. But you don’t need to deal with individual messages. On both iPhone and iPad, look for the Read All button in the lower left- hand corner of your screen and tap it. See following image:

Read All 3
Select Read All option

At first glance, you may be thinking that the Read All means “I am going to read all my messages”. Actually, it means “I have read all my messages”. Apple should have put in a clarification note as to what Read All means.

After that, all unread messages will be marked as read. You will receive no notification that they all read but they will be. Cool feature!

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