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How to Delete iMessages and Texts in iOS 7



It’s been almost a week since iOS 7 has released, and tons of iPhone and iPad users have already downloaded and installed the new update on their devices. The first thing you might have noticed was the completely new look, but Apple says that much of the user interface experience remains the same. However, some features have changed slightly, causing a lot of veteran iOS users to learn new tricks.

When deleting specific iMessages and text messages in iOS 6 and older, you just simply tapped on the Edit button in the top-right corner and selected the messages you wanted to delete. In iOS 7, it’s a bit different and a little more confusing to get to. However, we’ll show you how to do that in order to get rid of those embarrassing messages on your phone.

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Deleting iMessages and Texts

To delete a particular iMessage or text message, open up the Messages app if you haven’t already done so, and tap on a conversation. Now, tap and hold on a specific message in the conversation that you want to delete and a pop-up menu will appear allowing you to copy the text or choose more options. Tap on More…

This will bring up circles to the left of every message in the conversation, and a checkmark will automatically appear in the specific message that you tapped and held on. You can select more messages if you want my tapping on the circles next the each message. Once you have all of the messages selected that you want to delete, tap on the trash can icon in the bottom-left corner. A pop-up will appear confirming the action; tap Delete Message to complete the deletion.

2013-09-24 13.26.30Deleting Entire Conversations

If you simply just want to delete an entire conversation, there are a couple ways of doing that. You can either open up the Messages app where it shows you a list of conversations you’re having with contacts, and then swipe to the left on one of them. A big, red delete button will pop up, and you’ll just tap on that to delete that conversation.

The second way to delete a conversation is to open up a conversation, tap and hold on a message like you did before, and then tap on More…. Then, in the upper-left corner, tap on Delete All to delete all the messages in that conversation. This option will still keep that contact in your conversation list, but all of the messages will be deleted.



  1. Jane

    09/24/2013 at 3:44 pm

    I did that but it deleted the while conversation instead of the individual txts :( I’ve tried again and did the same again . Now it’s flagging that I have two txts but there isn’t any ?

    • Jane

      09/24/2013 at 5:33 pm

      It’s only like this for the first contact I tired this for :/ it works on the rest. And every txt they send stays flagged as a new txt

  2. Frank

    09/24/2013 at 6:47 pm

    Why can’t we simply swipe to delete like we did in iOS 6. Apple turned a one swipe action into a. 3 step process. What a waste of time !

  3. B Maxwell

    10/28/2013 at 7:37 pm

    It does not work if there is a URL in the message. It keeps opening the URL instead. So am I just stuck with messages I don’t want unless I delete the entire thread. Oh for the simpler days of IOS 6. So many things about 7 I hate.

  4. Ken

    11/05/2013 at 7:03 pm

    How can you easily and quickly delete ALL text messages from the Messages window???

  5. Remia Lovell

    08/07/2014 at 1:22 pm

    When i tap on the message i need to delete it gives me an option to “copy” “delete” or “forward”. Pressing DELETE does not work. . . Message still there.

  6. cep2535

    08/10/2014 at 8:56 am

    does this also delete it from the persons phone you were having a conversation with?

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