How to delete pictures and videos in Messages app on iPhone

Written By Ava Reviewed By How-to iPhone 4 Min Read

The Messages app on your iPhone is a convenient way to share media with friends and family. However, it accumulates a large number of photos and videos, taking up valuable storage space on your device. If you also face this situation, don’t worry! Here, I will share how I delete pictures and videos from my text messages on my iPhone.

How to delete individual pictures and videos in Messages on iPhone

  1. Open the chat in Messages. 
  2. Select the contact’s name.

    tap contact's name and scroll down to photos in Messages
  3. Tap and hold the image attachment. 
  4. Hit Delete → Delete Attachment.  
  5. Tap Done.

    long press the image, tap delete, tap delete attachment, tap done in Messages

This trick works best to delete older photos and videos from text messages rather than scrolling through the gallery or inbox. You may also delete multiple pictures together from text messages on your iPhone, saving you time and effort.  

How to delete multiple photos and videos in iMessage on iPhone

  1. Go to the chat in Messages → Select the contact’s name
  2. Under the Photos section, tap See All. 
    You will find all the images and videos you sent or received here.
  3. Hit Select

    tap contact's name, tap see all, tap select in Messages
  4. Choose the photos and videos
  5. Tap Delete → Delete Attachments

    select the images, tap delete, tap delete attachments in Messages

Tip: You may also use the Smart Search filter to list all the photos received in iMessages and delete them altogether.

How to delete a photo from Message instantly on iPhone

You may quickly delete received pictures and videos from text messages on your iPhone directly from the chat.

  1. Open Messages and go to the chat
  2. Tap and hold the image
  3. Select More
    Now, you may choose multiple pictures and videos. 
  4. Tap the bin icon → Delete Message.

    long press the image, tap more, choose images, tap bin icon, select delete message in Messages


Can you unsend videos on Message on iPhone?

No, you can only undo sending text messages within two minutes of delivery on iMessage.

When you delete an iMessage, does it delete for the other person? 

Deleting an iMessage only reflects on your side. It doesn’t remove the text for the recipient.

Can’t delete a picture from the text message; why?

If you can’t delete pictures on Messages in bulk, try to delete each individually. However, if it doesn’t work, restart your iPhone to wipe out any system glitches.

No more cluttered inboxes!

Deleting photos and videos from the Messages app on your iPhone is a simple and effective way to free up storage space and keep your conversations organized, ensuring a smooth and efficient messaging experience. Following the steps above, you can easily remove individual media files or delete multiple photos and videos simultaneously.

If you face any issues, leave a comment below. I will surely check and provide solutions

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By Ava Content Editor
Ava is a die-hard Apple aficionado and seasoned writer with a knack for breaking down complex tech concepts into easily digestible content. Having honed her writing and editing skills over 3 years at renowned media houses like TechBurner, Ava crafts informative and engaging articles including troubleshooting guides, product reviews, editorials at iGeeksBlog. When not typing, you can find her exploring the latest Apple releases or pondering the future of tech innovation.
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