I am wondering how to clear or delete iMessages history on an iPhone or iPad? I prepared easy to understand guide that anyone can follow and remove it without assistance. Unlike Apple’s official guides, I will not skip a single step and cover every step ahead, so you don’t have to put effort into doing it. I will not add third-party solutions to delete or clear Message history because we don’t need them in the first place.
How to Clear or Delete Messages on iPhone or iPad?
You will find iMessage & regular messages in one place because that’s how Apple designed it. The functionalities may appear similar, but iOS unique texting platform offers advanced communication elements. Of course, our method applies to all iOS versions, so follow the instructions to delete texts on an iPhone or iPad.
- Click on the “Messages” app from the drawer.
- Tap on the message that you want to delete a part of it.
- The conversation shows up on the screen and long hold on the message that you want to delete permanently. The options that are visible in the snapshot appear on the screen and then let off the finger. Make sure to tap on “More” to view more options.
- Start selecting the multiple conversations, if you want to do so and then tap on “Delete All” and you can always deselect the text by tapping on it once.
- The confirmation pop-up appears on the screen and then tap on “Delete Conversation” to complete the changes.
Remember, you cannot recover the messages until or unless you created a backup using iTunes or iCloud. iOS added a strong layer of protection to keep third-party programs from tampering with the personal data, so don’t think that third-party solutions can recover the deleted data to its former glory.
How to Set Expiration settings for messages
iOS will start deleting the iMessages that contain media files including Photos, Videos, GIFs, etc by adding expiration period. Device owners don’t have to remind themselves from time-to-time to keep the phone clean and tidy. I will show you the right instructions to change the expiration period for media files.
- Go to the “Settings” and click on the “Messages” option to continue.
- Tap on “Expire” below “Audio Messages” to continue.
- Select “After 2 Minutes” to delete the media files.
Are you confused about what is “After 2 Minutes”? iOS will delete the media files such as Audio after two minutes of reading the message. You cannot recover the file whatsoever because it will be deleted permanently and nothing can recover it. Read the audio or video message, and then iOS will delete the file after two minutes clock will hit. The extreme measure is for storage hungry device owners, and this is one way to keep the phone clean & tidy.
How to Set the Expiration Period for iMessage?
Apple iOS developers added an expiration period for texting platforms, and they added “forever” by default. Unfortunately, the “forever” never filters and deletes the messages including media files from the phone. You want to keep the expiry period to save plenty of data and save storage.
- Go to the “Settings” app and then swipe down.
- Tap on “Messages” to continue.
- Search for Message History, and under it, and you can find “Keep Messages” to continue.
- Tap on “30 Days” to start removing older conversations.
- The confirmation pop-up appears on the screen because it will remove conversations with older messages.
Create a backup to recover the conversation data. iOS will automatically delete the conversations older than 30 days, and it will depend on the Time & Date settings. The setting will not impact the current texts, and it won’t delete the recent messages anytime soon. You can always disable the settings, and it will keep the iOS from removing the content from the messages.
Now, iPhone or iPad device owners can delete or clear iMessage history in a few clicks. By following the simple guide, you can delete or erase the files in a few moments without assistance from the engineers or third-party support. Let us know which solution you did not know about it in the comment section below.