How to Permanently Delete iPhone Text Messages

Delete a conversation To permanently remove a message, tap Edit (or Filters) in the top-left corner, tap Show Recently Deleted (or Recently Deleted), select the messages or conversations you want to remove, tap Delete, then follow the onscreen instructions.

Are you tired of deleting messages on your iPhone or iPad only to have them continue to exist on your device for up to 30 days? In some cases, messages may stay up to 40 days on your device before being permanently deleted. If you’re looking for a way to permanently wipe out all the messages that you have recently deleted, then this tip is for you.

First and foremost, open the Apple Messages app on your device. Tap on the filters option that appears at the upper left corner of the screen. Now, tap on the recently deleted folder that appears at the bottom of the screen. On the screen, you’ll see a long list of messages that you have recently deleted. Do note that conversations show the dates remaining before deletion. After that time, messages will be permanently deleted, which may take up to 40 days.

If you want to delete any specific message, simply select it and then hit the delete button at the bottom left corner of the screen. And if you want to delete all the messages at once, hit delete all and then confirm it in the pop-up. And you’re done!

It’s worth pointing out that when you delete any message in iOS 16 or later, it continues to exist on your device for up to 30 days. To permanently delete iPhone text messages, you need to follow the steps outlined above.

Now that you know how to permanently delete messages on iPhone and iPad, you can keep your device clean and organized. If you found this information helpful, feel free to share it with your friends and family.


How to permanently delete text messages so they can t be recovered?
Delete a Message Thread Long-press the message thread you'd like to remove. It will highlight with a checkmark. Tap on the trash can icon at the bottom and confirm.
How do I permanently delete iPhone text messages from iCloud?
Open Messages app on your iPhone or iPad >, In a message conversation, touch and hold the message bubble or attachment that you want to delete >, Tap Delete. ... When prompt, click Delete to remove this entire thread of text messages from iCloud.