How to Delete Individual Message from iPhone with iOS 8 Message App

There are so many all new features in iOS 8 like the inclusion of third party keyboards, family sharing, continuity etc. Their introduction has brought an altogether different aspect in the iOS. Messaging had never been so easy before. The enhanced functions in the message app have changed it for the better.

Sometimes, you may want to delete an single message from the conversation thread on your iPhone/iPad running iOS 8 or later as you no longer need it for any reason. There is an interesting way of doing it with some easy steps.

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How to Delete Single Message from iOS 8 Message App

How to Delete Individual Message on iPhone with iOS 8.x

Step #1. Launch Messages App

Step #2. Select Contact

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Select Contact to Delete Single Message From

Step #3. Tap and hold or double tap on the individual message

Step #4. A popup will appear, tap on More…

Tap and hold or double tap on the individual message on iOS 8

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Step #5. The message will automatically be selected

The message will automatically be selected

Step #6. Click on the trash button (bottom right)

Trash Icon in iOS 8 Message App

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Step #7. It will ask you to confirm delete message. Tap on Delete Message

Delete Messge Confirmation in iOS 8 Message App

That’s done! The individual message has been deleted.

You can also delete all the messages at once if you want.

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  • Launch Messages App
  • Tap on Edit
  • Select the Contact Thread
  • Tap on Delete bottom right

If you tap and hold on numbers which may be in the message, the trash button (bottom-left) will not appear. Therefore, you have to make sure you tap on words and not numbers. Again, this is something that many of the users may not know.

Messaging has become simpler than ever in iOS. The predictive feature has endowed it rich efficiency. Having understood your context, it predicts words that help you in writing fast. Moreover, there are a number of third party keyboards that let you not only type but also swipe.

Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.
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