How to Delete Text Messages on iPhone: The Easiest Way!

Still new to iPhone and you don’t know how to delete text messages? This post will show you how to delete text messages on iPhone—the easiest way!

Deleting text messages on your iPhone is pretty much quick and easy. Technically, the text messages in Messages app for iPhone are grouped into conversations. But whether you will be deleting a single text message, a conversation, or multiple conversations, this post will take care of everything.

Most of us don’t usually delete messages especially the messages from the person we value the most. Hence, we have this peculiar habit that after reading and replying the messages, we don’t mind getting them off from our messaging app. But in times when we need to free-up our phone’s memory and tidy-up our messages app, deleting these text messages is necessary.  

Should you need help in doing this on your iPhone, scroll down to and be guided. Deleting text messages on your iPhone can be done individually, by conversation, or multiple conversations. Make sure to carefully follow the instructions to avoid any trouble. Note as well that there’s no way you can retrieve deleted messages especially if you haven’t backed up your iPhone with either iCloud or iTunes, so make sure to delete the ones you no longer need.

How To Delete Text Messages on your iPhone (Individual Text Message)

Time Needed : 02 minutes

We have listed below the steps to delete a text message on your iPhone. Read on.

  1. From the Home screen, select the Messages app.

    This can be located on the lower part of the screen. You can also swipe left or right to navigate through the apps icon.

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  2. From the Messages menu, select a conversation.

    Tap the conversation that has the individual text message you wish to delete.

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  3. Tap and hold a text message.

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  4. Then tap More… from the pop-up menu.

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  5. Tap the circle next to the text message you want to delete.

    A check mark should appear inside the circle indicating that the message is selected for deletion.

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  6. Tap the trash icon located on the lower-left corner of the screen.

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  7. Then tap Delete Message to confirm.

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And that is how you delete a text message within a conversation. However, if you want to delete the full conversation from a particular contact, move on to the next procedure.

How To Delete A Conversation on iPhone

Time Needed  :  02 minutes

If you want to completely get rid of the conversation you have with a particular contact, here’s what you need to do:

1.From Home, select the Messages app.

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2. Select a conversation from the Messages menu.

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3. Swipe left on the conversation you wish to delete and tap Delete.

4. Then select Delete from the pop-up menu to confirm.

If you feel like deleting multiple conversations, read further…

How To Delete Multiple Conversations

Time Needed :  02 minutes

1.Launch the Messages app from the Home screen.

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2. Tap Edit.

This option is located on the top-left corner of the screen.

3. Select the conversations you wish to delete.

A check mark should be visible inside the circle of the selected conversations.

4. Then select Delete.

This option is located on the lower-right corner of the screen.

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So that’s how you delete text messages on your iPhone. The deleted messages should no longer appear on your iPhone device but not from iCloud or iTunes. The steps provided above will delete text messages from the iPhone device only.

However, if the text messages still keep on showing on your iPhone device and you want to have these messages permanently deleted, please don’t hesitate to check our website as we might already have addressed this issue.

If you have something in your mind that you want to be addressed, please let us know. You can also visit our website or check our YouTube Channel for more tutorial videos and troubleshooting guides for smartphones. Thank you for reading!