iOS 14: How to Auto-Delete Old Messages on iPhone or iPad

How to Auto-Delete Old Messages on iPhone and iPad

Messages on your iPhone or iPad stay saved until you delete them manually. If you use iMessage a lot, over time, this may start taking large storage. To get rid of unnecessary old conversations, unwanted SMS, or clean up your device, you may want to remove the old messages. To simplify iOS devices lets you schedule the auto-deletion of texts and its media. Want to know how to do it? Let me show how you can enable automatic old message removal on iPhone and iPad.

How to Automatically Delete Older Messages from iPhone and iPad

  1. Open the Settings app. Scroll down and tap on Messages.
  2. Under MESSAGE HISTORY, tap on Keep Messages.Tap on Messages in iPhone Settings and then Tap on Keep Messages
  3. By default, ‘Forever’ is selected. Here, according to your choice, tap on 1 Year or 30 Days.
  4. Tap on Delete to confirm.Select Preferred Option to Automatically Delete Older Messages on iPhone

Once you do that, it will immediately delete all old messages that are 30 days or one year old (depending on what you choose). Plus, in the future, when certain messages and iMessage media get 30 days or one year old, they will be deleted automatically. You won’t have to tap or confirm anything. It would happen silently in the background.

Disable Auto-Delete Old Messages on iPhone and iPad

No longer wish to delete old messages automatically? It is effortless to revert to the original settings. The initial steps are the same.

Open the Settings app and tap on Messages. Tap on Keep Messages and choose Forever.

Choose Forever to Disable Auto-Delete Old Messages on iPhone

From now, the messages will only delete when you remove them manually. If you don’t, they will stay saved forever.

Signing Off

I hope this short guide to automatically delete messages was helpful to you. If you have any additional questions or suggestions, please put it in the comments box below.

Finally, this auto-delete option will only work for regular SMS and iMessages. Third-party chat conversations like those from WhatsApp, Viber, Skype, etc. won’t be affected.


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