How to Automatically Delete Messages on iPhone/iPad?

Every now and then we keep getting promotional or spam messages in our inbox. It is surely a tedious task to remove them manually. A headache turns out to be a migraine if cleaning the inbox is delayed by a month or so. Thankfully, you can auto-delete messages after 30 days on the iPhone and iPad. That’s exactly what we are going to explain today’s tip. So without wasting any further time, let’s jump to the tutorial and get rid of this everlasting task.

How to Auto Delete Messages After 30 Days on iPhone or iPad

Step #1. Open the Settings app on your iOS device → tap on Messages.

Tap on Settings then Messages on iPhone

Step #2. Next, scroll down again and tap on Keep Messages under MESSAGE HISTORY section.

Tap on Keep Messages in iOS 12 Messages Settings

“Forever” is the default selection. The other two options are 30 Days and 1 Year.

You can tap on 30 Days.

Tap on 30 Days in iOS 12 Messages Settings

Step #3. Now a pop-up swipes up from the bottom of your device screen. This pop-up reads: This will permanently delete all text messages and message attachments from your device that are older than 30 days. Tap on Delete to confirm.

Set your iPhone or iPad to Auto Delete Messages After 30 Days in iOS 12

After this period, your messages and attachments will be deleted automatically from your iPhone or iPad.

Automatically Delete Audio Messages on iPhone or iPad

Even, you can also set auto-delete periods for audio messages. It will automatically be deleted from your conversation history after 2 minutes or 30 days.

Set auto delete periods for audio messages in iOS 12

If you are using iOS 11 on your iPhone or iPad, you can enable auto-delete old conversations option to get rid of old iMessage chats.

Summing up…

As long as your iOS device has more storage space, you can allow Messages app to pile up data. This method is handy for users, who possess basic models of iPhone or iPad.

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