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This Is How You Delete Text Messages from Your iPhone

Alyssa Bereznak

This Is How You Delete Text Messages from Your iPhone

Text message conversations have a way of overstaying their welcome on your phone. They sit there like souring milk, constant reminders of a bad breakup or a lost temper. That’s probably why iOS has a feature that allows you to delete them.

Here’s how you do it:

1. Open your Messages app.

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2. Tap the text message conversation from which you would like to delete texts. I have decided to delete this text from my grandma, because she’s just playing a practical joke on me.

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3. Tap twice on the bubble of the conversation that you’d like to delete. A black bubble will show up that says Copy | More…. Click More. (Side note: If the text you’re trying to delete contains a phone number, a link or a calendar date in it, make sure you don’t tap directly on that link).

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4. Some circles should pop up on the left side of the screen. Each circle corresponds to specific text. The blurb you tapped should have a blue checkmark next to it. The rest of the text’s circles should be empty. To delete numerous texts at a time, tap on the empty circles.

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(empty circle)

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5. Tap the garbage can in the lower-left corner of the screen.

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6. A box will pop up from the bottom of the screen that says Delete Message. Think for a second: Do you really want this information to disappear into thin air? Forever? If the answer is yes, then tap Delete Message.

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7. Phew, much better.

And that’s it! Never leave a rotten text — from your prankster grandma, your jerk of an ex-boyfriend or your horrible boss asking you to work late on Sunday — in your inbox again.

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