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How to delete iPhone messages

knowing how to delete iPhone messages can help you to remove some of the clutter, and knowing how to unsend iPhone messages can save some embarrassment.

Somebody throwing out the messenger icon after learning how to delete messages on iPhone

You should all know how to delete iPhone messages if only to save yourself from the embarrassment of auto-correct. Too many times has that useful tool burned us at Pocket Tactics, and we’re sure it likes to make a fool out of all of you, too, from time to time. Well, we’re here to tell you how you can remove them before prying eyes can see.

While you’re here, why not learn some other tips and tricks with our how to delete albums on iPhone, how to delete contacts on iPhone, how to delete iPhone cookies, how to use Apple Pay on iPhone, and how to delete wallpaper on iPhone. Or, if you fall on the other side of the iPhone vs Android debate, we can tell you how to capture a screenshot on Android.

Anyway, onto how to delete iPhone messages.

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How do I delete iPhone messages?

Not all messages are meant to stay on your phone. Sometimes you get an unfortunate text that you don’t want to look at anymore, this can be due to being spam, an embarrassing message you crafted yourself, or a painful reminder of the bond you shared with someone you used to know. Whatever the case, we’re here to tell you how to delete iPhone messages:

  • Open the messages app
  • Press and hold on a message bubble
  • Tap more from the menu that pops up
  • Select the message you want to delete
  • Tap the trash can button

If you’d rather delete an entire conversation, simply:

  • Open the messages app
  • In the conversation list, swipe left on the chat you want to delete
  • Tap the trash can button

Or, to delete multiple conversations:

  • Open the messages app
  • Tap edit in the top left corner
  • Select all conversations you want to delete
  • Tap delete in the button right corner

How do I unsend iPhone messages?

We all do this. We all send messages to the wrong people, maybe even to the right person, but we regret the words. Either way, you’d rather the recipient doesn’t see those words, so allow us to explain how to unsend iPhone messages so whoever you send them to doesn’t get the chance to open them. However, you need to act fast to do this:

  • Go to the message you want to delete
  • Press and hold down until a list of options pops up
  • Select undo send

If you do this within ten seconds of sending the message, the recipient won’t see it (though if they’re not on the latest software, this might not work). Any longer than that and I’m afraid the message cannot be caught, so good luck with the fallout of whatever it is you sent.

On that note, you now know how to delete iPhone messages. Remember, you can check out our WhatsApp download guide if you need a new messaging platform. If you happen to be in the market for a new cell phone, check out our various buying guides. We can help you find the best OnePlus ones, best Samsung phones, best Google Pixel phones, best Xiaomi phones, and the best Sony phones.