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How to Delete Messages on iPhone

Many readers email us to ask how to delete messages on iPhone. The reasons are different. And I have read some articles about how to erase text messages on iPhone, but there is no one shows all the ways to do this. So I decide to write this article to show you all the possible ways to delete messages on iPhone. If you want to erase SMS from iPhone, this is the right place for you. You just need to choose the method according to your need.

This article includes the following parts:

You can directly jump to the part according to how you want to delete text messages on iPhone.

Part 1: How to Set iPhone to Automatically Delete Messages

Apple provides us an easy way to keep our Messages app clean and you can set your iPhone to delete messages on it automatically.

1. Go to “Settings” and find the “Messages”

2. Find the “Messages History” option and click “Keep Messages”.

3. There are 3 options to select “Forever”, “1 Year” and “30 Days”. The default option is forever. So you can set this as you want.

automatically delete messages on iPhone

Now your iPhone will automatically delete messages on iPhone older than the time you just setup. This will help small storage iPhone users to control the space of messages on iPhone. Also this feature is added after iOS 8.

Part 2: How to Delete All Text Messages on iPhone

As far as I know, iPhone doesn’t provide this function to delete all text messages on iPhone at one time. You need a professional iPhone Data Eraser program to help you. This software can scan your iPhone and delete text messages on iPhone for you at one time. So you don’t need to delete text messages one by one on your iPhone.

Step 1. Run iPhone Data Eraser & Connect iPhone

Launch iPhone data eraser software on your computer and you will see the following interface. Connect your iPhone to your computer via USB cable and the software will detect your iPhone easily. It will load the basic info of your iPhone to the interface. The software provides you five options to delete data on your iPhone, if you want to deleted text messages on iPhone, you need to choose the “Erase Private Data” option.

delete private data

Step 2. Scan iPhone to Find All Text Messages on It

Once you choose the “Erase Private Data” option, the software will begin to scan your iPhone automatically. It will show all your iPhone private data on the interface, including text messages, contacts, contacts, safari history, call logs, etc.

scan result

Step 3. Delete All Text Messages on iPhone

You can easily select all the text messages on your iPhone and click “Erase Now” button. The software will ask you to confirm the deletion by input the “Delete” on the interface. You need to click “Erase Now” button again and the software will delete all text messages from iPhone.

confirm delete

When the software finishes deleting all the text messages on iPhone, it will see the following interface.

success delete

Now, you have deleted all text messages on iPhone at one time. This iPhone eraser software can also help you to delete text messages on iPhone permanetly. If you want to do that, just read the part 3.

Part 3: How to Permanetly Delete Text Messages on iPhone

If you want to sell your iPhone or just give it to your families to use, you don’t want to keep your personal data on it, especially text messages. In this part, I will show you how to delete text messages permanently on iPhone. So your private in text messages will be 100% safe. We continue to use iPhone Data Eraser software to help you.

To permanently delete text messages on iPhone, you need to steps, 1st step is to delete all text messages on iPhone which is what I have introduced you in part 2. If you want to know how to delete all text messages on iPhone, please read part 2. The 2nd step is to erase the deleted text messages on iPhone. That is to say, we will kill the chance that others recover you deleted text messages on iPhone.

Step 1. Connect iPhone to iPhone Data Eraser

Run the eraser software and connect your iPhone to your computer. The software will load your iPhone to it.

connect iPhone

Step 2. Select “Erase Deleted Files” Option

Choose the second option on the interface “Erase Deleted Files” and the software will scan your iPhone to find out the deleted files on it.

scan for deleted files

Step 3. Erase Deleted Text Messages on iPhone

The software will display all the deleted files on the interface, you can select text messages to delete easily. Click “Erase Now” button and confirm the deletion on the interface.

scan result

The software will erase the deleted text messages on your iPhone and no one can recover them. Till now, you have delete both the text messages and the deleted SMS on iPhone. That’s the way to permanently delete text messages on iPhone.

delete success

That’s all for deleting text messages on iPhone. We have provided 3 ways to delete messages on iPhone according to your needs. If you have other methods or questions about how to delete text messages on iPhone, you can leave us a comment.