How To Delete Text Messages From Your iPhone In iOS 7 [iOS Tips]

Delete Text Messages

It used to be simple to delete text messages from your iPhone (or, I suppose, your iPad if you use iMessages), but with iOS 7, the cute little Edit button has gone away from the upper right corner. Instead, there’s a Contact button up there, which–while useful–used up the space where the Edit button used to be.

You can still delete entire message conversations by swiping to the left in the list of all your text messages, but how do you delete specific messages within a conversation? Swiping to the left just shows you the timestamps of the messages.

Never fear, we’ve got the answer.

When you’re in a text conversation, denoted by having a contact name at the top, and all the messages are from that contact or group, tap and hold on any one message bubble. You’ll get a pop-up menu that has two options: Copy, and More…

Choose More… and you’ll get a little blue circle to the left of all your messages. The one you originally tapped on will have a filled in circle with a white checkmark in the middle of it. Tap on all the other messages you want to trash, and then hit the trashcan icon in the lower left corner of the screen. Tap the Delete Message button that slides up from the bottom, and you’re good to go.

Coincidently, you can also send the selected messages to a contact as a message, which means this new method has a dual purpose. Just hit the little share arrow in the lower right corner, and you’ll be able to send the selected message (or image, or link) to any contact as a New Message. Slick.

  • PawelSokolowski

    Before iOS 7 I NEVER searched internet for “how to do … on iPhone ?”. Now it’s my third time when I cannot find a function, that should be and was obvious in previous versions of iOS.
    Steve Jobs is turning in his grave, Mac has been already pushed away from main stream when PC came in with open architecture, now history will repeat itself, Apple will loose clients because of iOS7, and Android will take the market. But this time Steve Jobs will not come back to rescue the company. Pitty.

  • KeithS

    Before deleting, you might want to back up the messages just in case you decide you need them at a later stage ;)

    http://www.copytrans.net/support/backup-iphone-sms-text-messages/

  • Martin Bergström

    Steve Jobs is turning in his grave, Mac has been already pushed away from main stream when PC came in with open architecture, now history will repeat itself.

    As far as I know, what happened when Steve came back to Apple was exactly the opposite of what you seem to imply: he stopped the Mac OS clones that was ruining Apple’s economy because fewer and fewer bought Apple computers because of all the Mac OS clones that was avaliable.

  • zlhdglad

    To Erase iPhone Contacts, SMS and Photo Permanently,you must to use a iPhone data eraser software.This use guide about how to deleted iPhone contacts,it can help you erase all contacts from iPhone permanently.
    How to Delete iPhone SMS messages Permanently
    http://www.z0download.com/useguides/How-to-Permanently-Delete-iPhone-Text-Messages

  • alexblare

    Before iOS 7 I NEVER searched internet for “how to do … on iPhone ?”. Now it’s my third time when I cannot find a function to delete all messages on iPhone, that should be and was obvious in previous versions of iOS.
    Steve Jobs is turning in his grave, Mac has been already pushed away from main stream when PC came in with open architecture, now history will repeat itself, Apple will loose clients because of iOS7, and Android will take the market. But this time Steve Jobs will not come back to rescue the company. Pitty.

    I usually connect my iPhone to my computer and delete SMS with a iPhone data manager tool name iPhone Data Eraser, which enables you to delete the whole messages on your iPhone with one click, regardless of how many you have. The deleted messages will be automatically overwritten by junk files and become unrecoverable.

  • superheavyD

    OMG thank you SO MUCH for this! I had given up, but like someone else mentioned, I’m now getting used to searching forums for how things are different in IOS7. I’m just so glad I can still delete individual messages.

  • Aaron Wiebie

    Does anyone tell me how to transfer text messages from iPhone to PC?
    http://www.leawo.org/tutorial/how-to-transfer-text-messages-from-iphone-to-computer.html

  • SharonEvans

    Thank you ! I’ve been spending hours trying to get rid of these old sms back ups, using iBackupBot seems to be very helpful ! : I could delete oldies from 3 years ago

    stuck in my Iphone and using up storage for nothing,

    I’m restoring now once again, fingers crossed ..

    ( https://discussions.apple.com/message/24806517#24806517 )

  • Benibos

    I think you need to delete everything on your iPhone before selling it, for the
    sake of your privacy. But most people doesn’t know that simple deletion cannot
    erase original data permanently, they can still be recovered by some
    professional iPhone data recovery app, as long as the original data was not
    overwritten, it is possible to recover deleted contacts, photos, messages, call
    history from iPhone.

    Maybe this article can help you:
    http://www.safewiper.com/tutorials/how-to-erase-iphone-messages.html

  • Qaiser Abbas

    This is a good little app to check for duplicates and delete multiple text messages all at the same time: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/delete-duplicates-+-

    contacts/id508504148?mt=8

  • Qaiser Abbas

    Download a free app from the app store called ‘Groups’

    http://www.iphonefaq.org/archives/972922

    It allows you to check and delete multiple contacts using the ‘actions’ button in the top right.

    100% works

    Hope this helps you

    Chris

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